Indigenous

Aboriginal community collaboration
University of Victoria ethnobotanist Nancy Turner has devoted her academic career to researching the pivotal role plant resources play in Aboriginal cultures and languages.

Our commitment

We offer support to Indigenous students throughout their university experience, from their first contact with UVic through graduation and beyond.

The grand opening of our First Peoples House took place in 2010, strengthening services for Indigenous students. We are continuing to develop curricula and methodologies reflective of the needs of Indigenous communities.

Learn more about UVic's commitment to Indigenous communities through our programs, research, services and community partnerships.

Indigenous student support

UVic offers a diverse and welcoming network of support systems. It's part of our commitment to the well-being of Indigenous students. We encourage you to self-identify so UVic can send you relevant information. Documentation of Indigenous ancestry is not required. This voluntary declaration will not be used for admission decisions.

We offer Indigenous students a variety of culturally relevant services, including the Office of Indigenous Affairs, the Native Student Union, and the Indigenous Counselling Office.

Take a tour of UVic's First Peoples House.

The Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences jointly offer an interdisciplinary program in Indigenous Studies intended to provide both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with a core program incorporating Indigenous world-views and ways of knowing.

This is a general program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may obtain a minor by completing the requirements for the general program together with a major or honours program, or other degree program, in another department or faculty.

The core program will prepare any student intending to enter a vocation jointly serving Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It will further prepare Indigenous students enrolled in professional programs at the University of Victoria who are planning to serve in Indigenous communities. Students in the program are required to take the introductory course (IS 200) and the unit capstone course (IS 400) plus 7.5 units of approved 300-and 400-level courses.

Courses include:

  • IS 200 Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • IS 220 Preparation Seminar for Indigenous Research Apprenticeships and Community Internships
  • IS 320 Indigenous Research Apprenticeship
  • IS 312 Indigenous Community Internship
  • IS 371 The History of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education in Canada
  • IS 371 Indigenous Epistemologies
  • IS 373 EL TELNIWT and Aboriginal Education
  • IS 400 Special Topics Seminar In Indigenous Studies

Visit the Academic Calendar.

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers several courses related to Indigenous learning:

Anthropology

  • ANTH 336 Contemporary Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • ANTH 449 Archaeology of the Northwest Coast
  • ANTH 541 Advanced Research Seminar in Indigenous Peoples in Prehistoric, Historic and Contemporary Contexts
  • ANTH 641 Advanced Research Seminar in Indigenous Peoples in Prehistoric, Historic and Contemporary Contexts

Political Science

  • POLI 363 Aboriginal Politics and Self Government

Indigenous Studies minor

  • IS 200 Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • IS 220 Preparation Seminar for Indigenous Research Apprenticeships and Community Internships
  • IS 320 Indigenous Research Apprenticeship
  • IS 312 Indigenous Community Internship
  • IS 371 The History of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education in Canada
  • IS 371 Indigenous Epistemologies
  • IS 373 EL TELNIWT and Aboriginal Education
  • IS 400 Special Topics Seminar In Indigenous Studies

Visit the Academic Calendar.

If you're a sponsored Indigenous student, you should connect with UVic's Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement. The office will liaise with your sponsor and advocate on your behalf for funding.

Visit Student Awards and Financial Aid for information on costs (tuition, fees and living expenses), loans, bursaries and scholarships.

Check our listing of external student awards for Indigenous students.

The University of Victoria welcomes applications from Indigenous, First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Non-Status Indigenous peoples of Canada. We acknowledge with respect the history, customs, and culture of the Coast Salish and Straits Salish peoples on whose traditional lands the university resides.

Voluntary declaration

The categories of an Indigenous person are designed to be inclusive of all Indigenous peoples of Canada. When applying to UVic, it is to your advantage to indicate that you are an Indigenous student in order to receive relevant information. At no time will documentation of Indigenous ancestry be required and voluntary declaration will not be used for admission decisions.

Support and advising

The staff at the First Peoples House and other Indigenous faculty advisors are here to support and advise you and your student. Some programs do have a specific application process for Indigenous applicants (e.g., Law, Education, etc.). For more information, contact the individual program advisors in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

For admissions information, contact Admissions Services at 250-721-8121 or complete the online enquiry form.