Indigenous applicants

If you identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis, we encourage you to self-identify on your McGill application. This page will provide all the information you need on how to apply as an Indigenous student.

Self-identifying and providing supporting documents is entirely optional for Indigenous applicants. Doing so will connect you with specific services and funding opportunities available to Indigenous students. It will also help McGill assess its progress in the recruitment and retention of students from First Nation, Métis, Inuit, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Hawaiian Native communities.

Indigenous admissions protocol

To help us review applications from Indigenous applicants that are not evaluated through the University's standard practices, please submit the following documents:

Note: Supporting documents should be uploaded to Minerva under the INDG checklist item. For programs in Enrolment Services, all items should be combined into one PDF file, including the reference letters. All supporting documents should be uploaded by the applicant's deadline for supporting documents (actual date dependent on their category of application).

Indigenous applicants who wish to apply to undergraduate medicine are invited to visit:

Indigenous applicants who wish to apply to the Faculty of Law are invited to visit the Admissions Policy.

  1. A personal statement. 

    Maximum of two (2) pages.

    The personal statement is the key component in applying the Indigenous Admissions Protocol to an application for admission. Applicants are encouraged to address any or all of the questions listed below:

    What interested you about the program(s) to which you have applied and what makes you think that you are well suited to this field?

    What personal characteristics and life experiences do you possess that would improve your prospects for academic success at university and afterwards in a career?

    What are the most compelling reasons you can give for the admissions committee to be interested in you?

    Has an interest in, identification with, and connection to your Aboriginal community affected your educational path and goals to this point? If so, how? If not, why?

    What is unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story as an Aboriginal applicant to university?

  2. Reference letters

    1-2 reference letters. The letter(s) may come from a community representative, teacher, employer, etc. Your referee(s) may be contacted by telephone for more details.

  3. Optional: a curriculum vitae (Resumé).

    Maximum of two (2) pages. Submission of a curriculum vitae is not mandatory.

For more information, please reach out to: indigenousoutreach [at]  


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