Queen’s SGSPA welcomes and encourages applications from Indigenous candidates. The University supports its Indigenous students in numerous ways, including financial opportunities, an admission regulation, and counselling services, to name a few. Fostering inclusivity and reflection while acknowledging Queen’s participation in the colonial tradition is of great importance to the University as it takes steps to break down barriers and repair its relationship with Indigenous people. For more information on funding resources and the application process, please visit How to Apply.
Resources & Supports
There are two main hubs on campus for Indigenous students. The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre is a place to meet fellow Indigenous students in the community, offering cultural programming and organizations to join. Their website highlights the importance of self-identification, which is a voluntary and confidential process. The Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII) advances reconciliation/conciliation, integrating Indigenous ways of knowing and being into life at Queen’s. Led by Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation) Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), the office coordinates academic initiatives and student assistance. Their website includes programs, funding opportunities and initiatives highlighting the important processes of decolonizing and indigenizing.
TRC at Queen’s
The University is committed to fostering an inclusive and reflective campus environment, abiding by the recommendations put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Task Force. Initiatives on campus continue to grow, ensuring the TRC is at the heart of the University’s present and future. Many faculty members focus on Indigenous histories, rights, perspectives, and cultures, making Queen’s an exciting community to join.
Queen’s supports its Indigenous graduate students through several funding initiatives, described in more detail on our Funding page. Self-identification is a critical aspect of receiving financial support. Every band distributes their post-secondary funding differently and have their own deadlines, which you can learn more about by contacting the education person/representative at your band office.