Outreach Initiatives and Programs Across McGill


Enrolment Services


The Branches team at McGill is committed to being a reliable partner in co-creating responsive and sustained relationships with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth, families, schools and organizations.

Specific Programs:

  • Indigenous Community Programs (Part of Schools-University Network)

    • An outreach program for High Schoolers and Elementary schoolers, this program works on increased access for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students to McGill's mainstream programs. Partners with communities and to encourage First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth to pursue studies at McGill.

  • Outreach Programs to Local Schools 

    • Our goal is to work with school boards, educators, families, and members of the McGill community to create responsive, sustainable programming that encourages young students to persevere in school and see themselves as lifelong learners
  • Homework Zone
    • After school mentoring and homework help for elementary and secondary school students.
  • My Day @ McGill
    • Over 160 elementary students attend McGill University for workshops and activities, once a year in early April for two full days.
  • Spaghetti Nights Family Workshops
    • Free, monthly two-hour workshops for parents, guardians and families facilitated by McGill staff, faculty and Montreal professionals.
  • IMPRESS (Indigenous Mentorship and Paid Research Experience for Summer Students)
    • IMPRESS hires Indigenous CEGEP or High-school students to work with a McGill professor on a summer research project for eight weeks.
  • Pick Your Path!
    • Pick Your Path! has the same mission of IMPRESS, which is to pique the interest of Indigenous students in education by offering an opportunity that gives exposure to various areas of study. Pick Your Path! (PYP) is an online learning experience for Indigenous summer students between the ages of 16-25.
  • The Pen Pal Project
    • A pilot project where Indigenous University students exchange letters with younger Indigenous students.
  • Outreach Map
    • This map is to provide a virtual image of the Indigenous Outreach Initiatives from McGill to increase awareness and connectedness.

Agricultural & Environmental Studies

  • Centre for Indigenous People and the Environment (CINE) 
    • The Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE), located on McGill University's Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, is an independent, multi-disciplinary research and education center created by Canada's Aboriginal leaders for participatory research and education to address their concerns about the integrity of their traditional food systems.


  • Office of First Nations and Inuit Education
    • OFNIE works in partnership with First Nations and Inuit education authorities throughout Quebec – such as Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (KI), the Cree School Board, the Kahnawake and Kanehsatake Education Centres, and the Central Quebec School Board on behalf of the Naskapis of Kawawachikamach – to deliver community-based teacher education programs and professional development.
    • Click here to learn more about their community partners.


  • Engineering in Context for Kahnawake Survival School Science Curricula 

    • This project is promoting the field of engineering to underrepresented groups, namely women and Indigenous people, while building upon traditional and cultural knowledges. Through co-development and collaboration, McGill University’s Faculty of Engineering and teachers from the Kahnawake Survival School have created modules for students.


  • L.E.X. Program 
    • The program pairs small groups of law students with Montreal-area youth to provide information on legal rights and issues as well as to create pathways to post-secondary education and legal studies.
  • Legal Clinic
    • The Legal Clinic Course places students in local community organizations and legal clinics. Our 16 local partner organizations include Action Réfugiés Montréal, Éducaloi, Innocence McGill, Mile End Legal Clinic and Project Genesis.

  • Indigenous Initiatives at McGill Law

    • Learn more about the initiatives taking place in the law faculty.


  • Indigenous Health Professions Program
    • The IHPP Program has been developed through consultation and collaboration with Indigenous communities in Quebec, leaders of successful Indigenous Health programs at other Canadian universities, and other McGill departments and programs.
  • Eagle Spirit Science Futures 
    • The Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp includes science teachings from an Indigenous point-of-view with land-based curriculum woven into the experience, cultural activities and hands-on health-science workshops intended to pique the campers’ interest in science and post-secondary education.
  • Electronic Tutoring and Mentoring
    • For any Indigenous student, of any age, who is interested in entering a science-related University program, and in particular any health professional training program, the McGill IHP Program is pleased to offer mentoring – about how to apply, what is needed, or other advice and suggestions.

Social Work

  • Indigenous Access McGill

    • Indigenous Access McGill (IAM) is a support program for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students in the School of Social Work. Since 2007, IAM has been supporting Indigenous students from recruitment through graduation.



  • Listening to One Another Grow Strong  
    • Listening to One Another to Grow Strong (LTOA) is a community-driven and culturally-adapted program for Indigenous youth and their families.
    • To learn about their community partners, click here


  • Ashukin Program
    • This program allows 40 graduate and undergraduate nursing students to work with Indigenous partners doing health promotion projects. Partners include the Native Friendship Center of Montreal, Riverside Elder’s Lodge Kanhasatake, Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, Projet Autochtone du Québec, Wemotaci (a rural Atikamekw community), Kawawachikamach (a rural northern Naskapi community), and Survival School in Kahnawá:ke.
    • For more information, contactjodi.tuck [at] mcgill.ca ( Jodi Tuck)


  • BrainReach North 
    • BrainReach North is an online science-education resource developed and run by graduate students in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill. These students provide fun, interactive, neuroscience-based learning materials for teachers and students in remote areas who wish to enrich their science program and teaching.

Reach Out to Us:  If you are a community member who is interested in partnering with McGill, please feel free to reach out with questions or proposals to indigenousinitiatives [at] mcgill.ca or visit our Partnerships page.

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