Indigenous students

Indigenous students

The university acknowledges and respects the rich diversity of our learners, their communities, their aspirations, and their cultures and traditions.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Territories

The ɫ, located in the heart of Southern Alberta, both acknowledges and pays tribute to the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta (Districts 5 and 6).

The ɫ is situated on land Northwest of where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, a site traditionally known as Moh’kins’tsis to the Blackfoot, Wîchîspa to the Stoney Nakoda, and Guts’ists’i to the Tsuut’ina. On this land and in this place we strive to learn together, walk together, and grow together “in a good way.”

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More than 1,200 self-identified Indigenous students

More than 320 self-identified Indigenous graduates annually

Monthly ceremonies for Indigenous students

2,900 self identified UCalgary alumni worldwide

Indigenous Recruitment Team

Meet our Indigenous Student Recruitment Team

UCalgary has a dedicated team to support prospective Indigenous students with questions about programs, admission, and Indigenous support on campus.

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View stories and tips for future students. The Recruitment and Admission Team publishes regular blog articles to help you explore UCalgary.

Meet Tessa

Tessa WolfLeg is an Indigenous student at UCalgary studying International Indigenous Studies with a minor in Psychology.

Watch our webinar

Join Alysha Akins (Student Recruitment Specialist, Indigenous) for this short 10-minute webinar about the opportunities available at UCalgary.

Pow Wow

Your home on campus

As the hub of Indigenous life on campus, Writing Symbols Lodge helps students succeed by providing a variety of services, facilities, programs and events.

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Writing Symbols Lodge

Cultural events

  • Pipe ceremonies
  • Workshops
  • Indigenous Awareness Week
  • Tea ceremonies
  • Social gatherings

Student facilities

  • Computer and printing lab
  • Study spaces
  • Indigenous Student Circle office
  • The Red Lodge
  • Student Lounge Ceremonial room

Student leadership opportunities

  • Student employment
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Mentorship opportunities

Academic support and community building

  • Cultural crafting
  • Program advising
  • Connections to Traditional Knowledge Keepers
  • Language cafés

Graduation celebration

  • Indigenous graduation ceremony
  • Ceremonial items gifted to graduates

Tiya Dagumisasriy

Indigenous Student Success & Engagement Program

  • Holistic approach to academic success
  • Empowerment and self-development
  • Academic and cultural guidance

Did you know UCalgary has a variety of Indigenous specific clubs such as the Indigenous Students’ Circle or the Calgary Indigenous STEAM Students’ Association?

Why you should self-indentify on your application

Receive support

Receive support through the admission process


Benefit from academic advising and referrals

Cultural and social activities

Get notified about cultural and social activities for Indigenous students

Apply for awards

Gain eligibility to apply for Indigenous-specific scholarships, bursaries and awards

Indigenous admissions

The ɫ acknowledges and respects the rich diversity of learners and of their communities, cultures, traditions, aspirations and abilities. In order to ensure equitable access and successful participation for Indigenous learners, UCalgary offers a number of bridging/pathway options for eligible students of Indigenous identity, i.e., First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit.

submitting your application

Start by submitting your application for admission

The ɫ will accept applications for admission for the fall intake from October 1 – March 1. Students are encouraged to apply early.

Indigenous admission process

Indigenous admission process and supplementary process

UCalgary offers pathway options such as the Indigenous admission process or Indigenous admissions supplementary process for eligible students of Indigenous identity who may not meet ɫ admission requirements. Students who do not receive an initial offer of admission will be automatically reviewed for ɫ pathway and bridging options after first being reviewed as part of the initial application process.

Indigenous Student Access Program

Indigenous Student Access Program

This cohort-based one year transition program offers an alternative access route for Indigenous students to enter our post-secondary degree programs. In addition to taking first-year university courses, you’ll also receive enhanced academic support, including a designated advisor and one-on-one academic advising, access to cultural workshops, leadership training, peer support and tutorials. Applications are accepted December 1 – July 31 for fall.

Financial Awards


Total scholarships, bursaries, and awards available annually.


Scholarships, bursaries, and awards that went to Indigenous students last year.


Entering Indigenous students who receive a scholarship, bursary, or award.

The support I've received at the ɫ has helped me understand how I learn as an individual, which has made me a better and more successful student.