Indigenous support student success at UVic

LE,NOṈET (pronounced "le-nong-it") is a word that literally means "paddling a canoe in a storm and making it through the other side." In a more figurative sense, LE,NOṈET can mean "success after enduring many hardships." IACE acknowledges with gratitude and respect the late Earl Claxton Sr. (YELḰÁTŦE), SENĆOŦEN knowledge keeper of the Tsawout First Nation, and Elder John Elliott (J,SIṈTEN), of the Tsartlip First Nation, for sharing this information.

LE,NOṈET provides a series of programs designed to welcome and support Indigenous students (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) throughout their educational journey at the University of Victoria.


The LE,NOṈET Project, funded by the Canadian Millennium Foundation, supported a team of researchers and community representatives in the creation of a set of new programs and support structures for Indigenous undergraduates (2005-2009). The Final Report and an Executive Summary are available here:

  • LE,NOṈET Final Project Report (Eng / Fran)
  • LE,NOṈET Executive Summary (Eng / Fran)

LE,NOṈET Undergraduate and Graduate Bursary

How to apply:

Complete the LE,NOṈET Undergraduate Bursary Application

Complete the LE,NOṈET Graduate Bursary Application

Submit via email to lenonetfyc@uvic.ca 

Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2024 at 4:00pm

To be eligible for this session of the Bursary, you must be registered in full time classes for the May-August term, as defined by Student Awards and Financial Aid.

  • Calculations: The budget portion of the application form will provide the calculations for you, it's always a good idea to check it over though.
  • Housing & Food Costs: If you live with roommates, provide only your portion of the rent. If you live in Residence, your living costs for 4 months can be found in the housing portal or your OneCard account.
  • Financial Need: We want an accurate and clear picture of your financial state. When filling in the budget form, be honest with your expenses. This Bursary is available for students who can demonstrate financial need, so we need a clear picture of that.
  • Letter of Introduction: The letter outlining your Indigenous ancestry is to ensure that this financial resource is being accessed by Indigenous students. If you're feeling stuck, we suggest to think of how you'd introduce yourself to an Elder.


LE,NOṈET Campus Cousins

Campus Cousins

LE,NOṈET Campus Cousins are Indigenous upper-level undergraduate and graduate students who support community builiding in the First Peoples House by hosting academic events (study halls, learning communities, workshops) and social and cultural events (feasts, movie nights, game nights).

Follow @campus_cousins on Instagram to stay up to date with these events. 

How to apply

To apply to be a Campus Cousin, download this application and return it to the Student Engagement and Support Coordinator.

For more information, or to connect with the Campus Cousins, please contact the .

It is said that being the person that you wish was there for you is the best way to give back. Campus Cousins gives you the opportunity to get to know many more Indigenous students on campus, and be that smiling face that knows people's names and reassures them that they belong here. However you like to reach out - beading, board games, or basketball - the Campus Cousins program has room for you to share your interests with other students. - Lee, Campus Cousin 2022-2023 

Academic Programming

Indigenous International Work Integrated Learning Exchange

In partnership with Co-operative Education and Career Services, Indigenous undergraduate students have an opportunity to complete an international co-op work placement in an Indigenous unit at a partner institution. To be eligible to apply, students must have successfully completed the Preparation Seminar (IS 310D) and a domestic co-op placement. For more information on this opportunity, please contact the

Preparation seminar

Indigenous Studies 310A (1.5 units)

* Pre-requisite for the Research Apprenticeship and Community Internship courses *

This weekly seminar will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in Indigenous communities, with Indigenous organizations, or within campus-based academic research teams through a Research Apprenticeship (320) or Community Internship (321). It includes a basic overview of historical and contemporary issues facing Indigenous peoples, and an introduction to western and Indigenous research methodologies.

If you are interested in registering for the preparation seminar, please contact the .

Graduate seminar

GS 500 (1.5 units)

This seminar will offer students an opportunity to explore important themes and issues related to Indigenous research methods and community engagement. Topics to be covered include developing Indigenous research designs, decolonizing the academy, doing research “at home,” and connecting research to projects of self-determination.

If you are interested in registering for the graduate seminar, please contact the .

Research apprenticeships

Indigenous Studies 320 (1.5 units)

Research apprentices complete 120 hours of research under the supervision of a UVic faculty member. Students must complete the IS 310 Preparation Seminar pre-requisite with a B+ (77%) or higher in order to register for this course.

Community internships

Indigenous Studies 321 (1.5 units)

Community interns complete 120 hours of work experience carried out in an Indigenous community or organization of the student's choice. Students must complete the IS 310 Preparation Seminar pre-requisite with a B+ (77%) or higher in order to register for this course.