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 Electrical Engineering student Jessica (Blackfoot) has a goal of helping First Nations communities achieve energy independence.

Electrical Engineering student Jessica (Blackfoot) has a goal of helping First Nations communities achieve energy independence.



I'd like to help First Nations communities achieve energy independence using renewable energy technology. In my educational and co-op training, I gained experience with energy and power monitoring, wind turbine design, solar electric installations and solar thermal systems. I hope to help communities implement renewable energy projects that will alleviate energy (diesel) costs for communities off the grid, provide emergency power, and build economic capacity through generated power revenue for on grid communities. - Jessica Bekker

Our commitment

We acknowledge with respect the history, customs and culture of the Coast Salish and Straits Salish peoples on whose traditional lands our university resides.

UVic provides a welcoming environment and a strong commitment to supporting our Indigenous students. Our First Peoples House provides a welcoming and supportive space on campus for Indigenous students as well as the broader community.

Support for Indigenous students

The Office of Indigenous Affairs assists Indigenous students in accessing services and programs and supports them while on campus. They produce a wide range of events including the Indigenous Adult Orientation for adult learners, Mini-University for students in grades 8-11 and the Indigenous Week of Welcome in September.

Other support services include the Native Students Union and the Indigenous Counselling Office.

Trevor Good is the Coordinator of Indigenous Student Support. Contact Trevor if you have questions about housing, financial aid, elders, transitions, orientation, Mini-University summer camp or other student support services. His phone number is 250-853-3599.

As an Indigenous student, I found support through the Native Students Union where I was able to meet other Indigenous students and attend indigenous events/lectures. Most importantly I found Indigenous faculty and staff very supportive and gave me much needed encouragement during the many difficult and uncertain times. - Jessica Bekker

Outreach programs

Want to get involved with outreach programs working with First Nations? Science Venture coordinates the STEM Project, delivering hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities to seven local First Nation communities. Outreach projects have included beach field trips, video editing, and workshops exploring the science behind traditional practices like smoking fish.

The Science Venture team also travels to Indigenous communities like Kingcome Inlet, Gold River, Anacla, Port Hardy and Kyuquot. Their satellite camps expose youth to science and engineering in a fun, hands-on way. For more information about these programs email sventure@engr.uvic.ca.

Other UVic support

Financial info for Indigenous students

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees

You can expect to spend around $15,245 on tuition, fees, supplies, and living expenses for a typical workload of 15 units of coursework over eight months. You'll need additional funds for travel, recreation, and clothing. A breakdown of these costs and information about tuition fees can be found on the registrar's site.

Awards and bursaries

Awards and bursaries

UVic offers $3.7 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. All students are encouraged to apply for student scholarships, bursaries, and loans.

In addition to the general entrance and in-course scholarships, there are more than 40 different awards and bursaries for Indigenous students.

Funding opportunities are also available through the LE,NONET Project, a recent initiative designed to support the success of Indigenous students. You can apply for bursaries, pursue a Research Apprenticeship or Community Internship, or receive an honorarium for participating in the Peer Mentoring program through their office.

Students who demonstrate reasonable academic standing and financial need can also apply for one many entrance bursaries and non-repayable awards.

UVic's Work Study program offers on-campus part-time paid jobs to students in financial need.

Computer Science students are also encouraged to apply to the Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op Program where they will alternate academic terms with paid, relevant work experience in their field of study. Co-op is integrated into the Engineering program..

For more information about costs and methods of payment, visit the Student Awards and Financial Aid site.

Funding and sponsorships

Funding and sponsorships

Sponsored Indigenous students should report the name and address of their sponsor to the Office of Indigenous Affairs, who can provide the sponsor with appeal materials or course information on your behalf.

If you are fully funded by an Indigenous organization you're still eligible to apply for a student loan. BC residents can apply to the British Columbia Student Assistance Program. Applications are available in April-May of each year.

Indigenous student support

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