Join McGill's Indigenous Community
At McGill, there are a variety of services, student groups, and financial aid available for Indigenous students. If you want to get involved in Indigenous-related events on campus, check out our events tab here.
First Peoples' House
The First Peoples' House (FPH) is at the core of Indigenous student support and wellness at McGill. It aims to provide a sense of community and a voice to Indigenous students who have left their home communities in order to pursue higher education. The FPH offers a safe space for Indigenous students to connect with each other, as well as a variety of events and cultural programming. You can visit the First Peoples' House website here.
Indigenous Studies Program
The Indigenous Studies Program (ISP) is a minor program within the Faculty of Arts. It provides students with a broad interdisciplinary approach to key topics in the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of Indigenous life on Turtle Island (North America), with an emphasis on the field of Indigenous Studies’ distinct methodologies and expectations, such as reciprocity in the Program’s Indigenous community partnerships. Learn more about ISP here.
What should I do to prepare for the application process?
- Visit the Applying to Undergraduate Studies page to review the application process, requirements, and deadlines for applying to undergraduate programs at McGill. The application process will depend on your educational background (whether you're coming from CEGEP, high school, etc.). The School of Continuing Studies, professional programs like Medicine and Law, and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies have different application processes. Visit our Admissions info page to learn more.
- You will need to choose two programs to list on your application. You can view a list of all undergraduate program at McGill here.
- McGill has an online application form. Make sure that you have all the information and documents you need, a valid email address, and a valid credit card to pay the application fee.
- McGill normally holds Open Houses for prospective students to visit the campus and learn about the programs offered. However, while the campus is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Welcome Centre at McGill is offering live sessions with McGill Tour Guides and Ambassadors. You can learn more and register for a live session here.
What documents will I need for my application?
What should I do after I submit my application?
- After you submit your application, you can begin planning for what you'll do if you're admitted! This is a good time to look at residence and housing options, scholarships and financial aid, and the student services available at McGill. The applications website also has a section on Next Steps after applying.
Is there an alternate application process for Indigenous students?
- There is an optional Indigenous Applicants Protocol for Indigenous students applying to McGill for undergraduate programs. The Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine also offer optional, alternative application processes for Indigenous students. Learn more on our Admissions page. The First Peoples' House provides information on self-identification. If you are applying to the School of Social Work, Indigenous Access McGill can provide you with support during the admissions process.
Does McGill provide funding to Indigenous students?
What scholarships are available to Indigenous students? How can I find scholarships?
- In addition to the general scholarships available at McGill, there are many scholarships specifically for Indigenous students! You can find information on scholarships on our Financial Aid page, through the First Peoples' House, and on the Scholarships and Student Aid website. Cultural and Indigenous Research in Counselling Psychology (CIRC) at McGill has also compiled a list of scholarships and awards for Indigenous students, which you can view here.
- The Government of Canada also has an Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool which allows students to search for scholarships and bursaries. Access the tool here.
Does McGill have programs about Indigenous cultures and peoples?
- McGill has a number of Indigenous-focused programs, particularly through the School of Continuing Studies and the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education (OFNIE). Some programs are offered in-community; others, like the Indigenous Studies minor in the Faculty of Arts, are offered on-campus. Learn more on our Programs page.
Does McGill offer in-community programs?
- There are in-community programs available for Indigenous students. For example, OFNIE offers community-based teacher certification and community development programs for First Nations and Inuit teachers and aspiring teachers, in partnership with educational authorities such as the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the Cree School Board, the Kahnawà:ke Education Centre, and the Listuguj Education Directorate. Learn more on our Programs page.
Does McGill have programs aimed at people who want to work in Indigenous communities?
- McGill offers programs for students who plan to work in Indigenous communities after graduation, such as teacher certification and Indigenous business administration. Many of these programs are offered through OFNIE and the School of Continuing Studies. Learn more on our Programs page.
Does McGill offer courses with Indigenous content?
- In addition to Indigenous-focused programs, there are courses in many faculties and departments at McGill which feature Indigenous content, and which are open to students in a variety of degree programs. Visit our Indigenous Curricula page to learn more, and to view a list of courses by subject area.
Does McGill offer courses in Indigenous languages?
- Most of the teaching at McGill is done in English, although many activities are also conducted in French. McGill University offers courses in Indigenous languages (Mohawk, Algonquin, Cree, Inuktituk, Mi'gmaq, Naskapi) for specific programs through the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education. As well, the delivery of the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Kindergarten and Elementary Education program in the community of Listuguj (Gaspé Peninsula) is done by Mi'gmaq language teachers with Mi'gmaq knowledge and pedagogy.
What is the First Peoples' House?
- The First Peoples' House (FPH) is a hub for the Indigenous community at McGill. It represents a "home away from home" that brings together Indigenous students from different backgrounds and provides them with a space to express their spiritual and cultural traditions. The First Peoples' House provides services and student support including residence rooms, study space, visiting Elders, and events and cultural programming. Learn more on the FPH website.
Where can I go for academic advising?
- Visit Academic Advising for help with course selection, declaring a major/minor, planning your degree, and more.
Where can I access resources for mental and physical health?
Where can I go for questions about jobs and careers?
Where can I go to learn about exchange programs?
- Visit McGill Abroad to learn more about exchange programs through McGill.
Does McGill have a specific graduation ceremony for Indigenous students?
- The First Peoples' House holds this reception for graduating Indigenous students. Learn more about the reception here, and read a McGill Reporter article about the reception here.
- At a special convocation ceremony held for McGill's Indigenous graduates, each graduating student receives a specially-designed scarf as recognition of their achievements. Designed by Mohawk designer Tammy Beauvais, the scarves show a set of symbols that recognize the diversity of the Indigenous student body and honour the traditional Mohawk territory. Learn more about academic regalia here.