We are committed to fostering a positive student experience for all Aboriginal students, whether you’re First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Inuit or Métis. Our Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is ready to provide you with a range of culturally relevant, holistic support services and programs. We’ll assist you from the application process through to graduation – don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re curious about our admission policies, funding, academic programs, or even career planning. Life at Laurier is great, and both our Waterloo and Brantford campuses boast an impressive amount of school spirit and community support. All you need to do is attend a football game or a free noon-hour concert to see it. We hope you’ll visit campus to get a taste of it for yourself.
Both our Waterloo and Brantford campuses are located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, only about an hour from Toronto. Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford have large urban Aboriginal populations (10,000 and 8,000, respectively), and Six Nation of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations are only a 15-minute drive from our Brantford campus. Both of our campuses are located within a 2.5-hour drive of 18 First Nations communities. If you’re from farther away, Kitchener-Waterloo has an airport, VIA Rail, and bus transit, allowing for easy transportation home.
Our Aboriginal Student Centres (one on each campus) are not only places where Aboriginal students can connect with their heritage, but are also places of education for the broader Laurier community. All are welcome to our community medicinal and vegetable gardens, soup and frybread lunches, Aboriginal Awareness Week and other cultural programming hosted throughout the year. We also offer academic programming with Aboriginal content – from a whole degree to numerous courses. If you’re interested, check out our Indigenous Studies program offered at our Brantford campus.
Our SEEDS program – offered at both campuses – is a scholarship incentive program to help you succeed at Laurier. If you self-identify as an Aboriginal student entering into your first year of study at Laurier and fulfill the requirements, you’ll receive a $500 scholarship each semester to help with your school expenses. Visit our SEEDS program page for more information.
What is self-identification? You can declare that you have an Aboriginal background, heritage or ancestry – First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit or Métis – when you apply to university through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC). The question is on the online application and you can check “yes” or “no.”
Why is it important to self-identify as an Aboriginal student? First, it gives our Office of Aboriginal Initiatives a heads-up that you have applied to Laurier so we can contact you about the services available to you as an Aboriginal student. Second, it makes you eligible for the Aboriginal Admission Policy, which gives you assistance, should your application need it, in the admissions process. This information is confidential and only goes to the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives; it is not used in any negative ways against you.
If you self-identify as an Aboriginal student (either a 101 or 105 applicant), you’re eligible for admission if you fall below, but within 5%, of the cut-off grade for the program to which you apply. If you fall within that 5% window, to be considered for admission you must provide a written personal statement outlining any work experience, achievements, educational goals and why you believe you will be successful at postsecondary studies. This can be written in essay format.
Are you in high school and interested in learning more about Laurier? Visit our future students webpage and discover why our university is a great place to live and learn.
If you’re ready to apply, visit our admissions toolkit, where we’ll take you through the process of applying step-by-step.