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Whether you are new to the city, or new to St. Lawrence College, the transition to postsecondary education can sometimes be overwhelming.

You are not alone! Our Aboriginal advisors help students succeed by providing support throughout their entire College journey.

Some of the things they can do for you are:

  • Assist with application and transition processes
  • Give referrals to other College services and resources
  • Introduce you to other College staff who can help with your specific needs
  • Help you get connected to your community services and resources
  • Give you information about social and cultural events, employment opportunities, and other things that are relevant to Aboriginal people
  • Give you information about Aboriginal bursaries, scholarships, and other funding opportunities, including band funding
  • Introduce you to other Aboriginal students, especially upper year students who can be mentors to new students
  • Listen to your concerns and celebrate your successes!

Watch our video on Aboriginal Services at St. Lawrence College on YouTube.

Learn more about Aboriginal Services at Smart Start, a free two-day transition event for students starting SLC this Fall 2016.

Aboriginal youth are one of the fastest growing populations in Canada. Having a post-secondary education provides the best possible chance of achieving a rewarding career.

Services for Aboriginal Students

Eagle Learning Café

The Eagle Learning Cafélocated in Room 33400 on the Kingston campus and in Room A103 on the Cornwall campus, is a comfortable space for Aboriginal students to relax, study, or interact with other Aboriginal students.

It features

  • Aboriginal resources
  • Computers
  • Enlarged plasma screen
  • Areas for work and relaxation
  • Monthly soup lunches
  • Craft sessions and other cultural activities
  • Monthly elder visits (Kingston campus)

Brockville Students: Although we do not have an Eagle Learning Café on the Brockville campus, Aboriginal students there can access support services by contacting Mary Ann Lyons at 613-345-0660 ext. 1551 or

On-site visits on the Brockville campus are easily arranged by request. Students can also receive support by visiting, calling, or e-mailing Maggie Lance, your Student Success Facilitator: Room 202, 613-345-0660 ext. 3756, or

Aboriginal Student Bursary

The 2015/16 Aboriginal Student Bursary application is now closed. The 2016/17 application will be available in Fall 2016.

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • I am a student with Aboriginal ancestry. (Aboriginal ancestry includes First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. Proof of status is NOT required.)
  • I demonstrate a financial need. (If you are receiving OSAP, do not fill out the budget form.)
  • I am an Ontario resident. (To be considered an Ontario resident, you must have lived in Ontario for 12 consecutive months before becoming a full-time post-secondary student.)
  • I am a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident/Protected Person.

Other Aboriginal Funding Opportunities

The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 680 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada, offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations, and others. Visit the site:

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Mary Ann Lyons
Coordinator of Aboriginal Services/Aboriginal Student Advisor
613-345-0660 ext. 1551

Shirley Chaisson
Aboriginal Student Advisor
Eagle Learning Café, Room A103, Cornwall Campus 
613-933-6080 ext. 2365

Mary Ann Lyons
Coordinator of Aboriginal Services/Aboriginal Student Advisor
Eagle Learning Café, Room 33400, Kingston Campus
613-544-5400 ext. 1551

Aboriginal Community Links