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Indigenous Students

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Indigenous Students

Queen's University provides a number of supports and services for Indigenous Students. There are also many ways to get involved on campus as an Indigenous student at Queen's. Below you will find information for prospective students such as information about orientation day for Indigenous students or who to contact if you are interested in studying at Queen's. Additionally, you will find information on Indigenous financial aid/awards, Indigenous specific student services and ways to get involved such as Indigenous lead clubs and societies. Learn more about everything available at the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

Indigenous faces, spaces, and places.

Welcome to Four Directions!

Our newly expanded Four Directions Student Centre (4D) is your home away from home – two neighbouring houses where you will find community, advice, support, and the answers to all of your questions.

At Four Directions Student Centre (4D) we have:

  • Social and cultural programming
  • Access to Elders and traditional knowledge keepers
  • 100+ events throughout the year
  • Full kitchen facilities, food, and feasts
  • Free laundry
  • Study spaces and lounges
  • Library, resource and meeting rooms
  • Cultural Counsellor offering one-on-one and group sessions
  • Academic assistance, drop-in tutoring
  • Career-related support

Learn more about 4D


4D gave me a place to feel at home away from home and the staff are remarkable. I always felt like there was a place for me at Four Directions and that I wasn't just another student.

Faculty of Arts and Science

Other Queen's Indigenous Students Resources

Our Indigenous Community Outreach Coordinator is your primary contact throughout the application and admission process. Get in touch by emailing us at fd.recruiter@queensu.ca.

Queen's offers Indigenous candidates an additional and alternate admission pathway that includes support through the admission process.

Learn more about the pathway

Queen's offers financial merit- and need-based financial awards to entering students who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit, and Metis.

Learn more about financial aid

Students with Indigenous ancestry can self-identify to the university at any point during their time at Queen's. Check out the self-identification page at 4D.

Learn more about self-identification

The Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to specialize in Indigenous education, and qualifies graduates for Ontario College of Teachers certification.

Learn more about ITEP

Indigenous Futures in Engineering (InEng) serves students through culturally relevant student success programs, including liaison with industries particularly interested in the development of Indigenous engineers through summer employment, internships, and permanent positions. In 2021, InEng launched an expansion of their student success model to include students from the Faculties of Health Science and Arts and Science degree programs. Through STEM: Indigenous Academics (STEM:InA), students have access to tutoring and exam prep sessions, along with specialized weekly programming and conferencing opportunities.

STEM: Indigenous Academics (STEM:InA) is an academic support and community-building program for Indigenous students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) -based undergraduate degree programs at Queen’s University. Students are from the Faculties of Arts and Science, Engineering and Applied Science, and Health Science.

Learn more about STEM:InA

Indigenous Initiatives at Queen's

Indigenous and Allies Living Learning Community (LLC) in Residence

The Bimaadiziwin Ka'nikonhrio floor is an interest-based LLC where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students live and learn in an environment with an emphasis on intercultural understanding and leadership development.

Learn more about LLC at Queen's Residences

Queen's Native Student Association

A student-run club that brings together a diverse group of indigenous and non-Indigenous students who share an interest in Indigenous cultures and traditions.

Learn more about QNSA