Aboriginal Students

Queen's University sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.

Alternative Admission for Aboriginal Students

Aboriginal Student Blanket Ceremony at Convocation at Queen's University

The Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University offers Aboriginal candidates an alternative procedure for admission to the first year of a full-time degree program. Qualified Aboriginal students whose home community is in North America may be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours), Concurrent Education Bachelor of Arts (Honours), and Concurrent Education Bachelor of Science (Honours) Programs by this alternative procedure.

Aboriginal candidates may also choose to apply through the regular admission process.

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, or 4D as it is affectionately called, strives to be a home away from home, a hub of activity and a key resource for Queen's Indigenous students.

Located in a historic home on campus , they offer many amenities such as a lounge with free wifi and cable TV, snacks or a meals in a fully equipped kitchen, and laundry service for free! They offer academic tutoring and advising, cultural programming, Indigenous focused library, and a range of workshops designed to support you, academically, socially and culturally.

4D has been around since 1996 when they opened with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training under its Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy. The Centre has been at its current location since 2000. 

Learn more about Four Directions at Queen's University.

Aboriginal Awards and Scholarships

Queen's believes that all students who are offered admission should have the opportunity to attend and remain at Queen's, regardless of their personal financial circumstances. We are committed to equality of opportunity and therefore we assist students entering the first year of any first-entry undergraduate program of study whose families are lacking sufficient financial resources.

Check out the list of Aboriginal Awards and Scholarships.

Indigenous Studies

A degree in Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary degree, designed to draw together a range of course offerings on Indigenous history, culture, experience, language and ways of knowing. The aim of the Plan is to attract and retain Aboriginal students. It will also ensure that future leaders and policy makers have a solid foundation in the histories and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit People.

The core courses of the Plan in Indigenous Studies are to provide students with core knowledge of the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada and globally. The core courses will introduce students to Indigenous worldviews, histories, geographies, politics, education, spirituality and art, as well concepts of colonization, decolonization and Indigenous-settler relations. See the full list of courses >

Students can take a variety of pathways through the Plan, depending on what else they are studying, where their interest lie and where they already have the prerequisites for higher level study.  For example, a student who has already been introduced to major concepts in Indigenous Studies and has already taken courses in art and literature in other departments, would have the skills necessary to take a fourth- year English course in Indigenous Literatures.

Here are several examples of Plan pathways >

Queen's University offrers indigenous-focused Programs:

Aboriginal Access to Engineering Program

The Aboriginal Access to Engineering Program takes a multi-faceted approach to increasing the participation of the Aboriginal community in engineering programs through specific educational programs and an interactive website, as well as outreach activities and materials created specifically for Aboriginal students by members of the Aboriginal, educational, engineering and business communities.

Aboriginal Teacher’s Education Program The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) of Queen's University Faculty of Education offers several unique program tracks, which provide an opportunity for candidates to specialize in Aboriginal education. These program tracks are particularly suited to Aboriginal candidates
Master of Education in Aboriginal and World Indigenous Educational Studies AWIES is a part-time blended (on-line and on-campus) program intended for students with experience in Aboriginal communities.
Professional Master of Public Administration In partnership with FNTI (First Nations Technical Institute), Queen’s School of Policy Studies now offers participants in the part-time Professional Master of Public Administration the opportunity to concentrate their elective courses in Indigenous Policy and Governance. This series of courses, unique in Canada, integrate traditional knowledge and philosophies in indigenous policy, governance, management and related areas with contemporary theoretical frameworks and best practice