Indigenous Services

St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Peoples. May we always be grateful to live and learn on these lands.

Indigenous Services

Whether you are new to the city or new to St. Lawrence College, the transition to post-secondary education can sometimes be overwhelming. You are not alone! Our Indigenous Student Advisors are here to help you succeed by providing support throughout your entire SLC journey. All self-identified Indigenous students are eligible to access services; proof of ancestry is not required.

In addition, the Waasaabiiidaasamose Indigenous Centre on each campus provides a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere – a home away from home! Students can meet other Indigenous students, participate in activities, or simply relax. The Centre is also open to any member of our SLC community who is interested in learning more about Indigenous cultures.

The Tipi Project

The Tipi Project at St. Lawrence College's Kingston campus stands as a testament to collaboration, cultural respect, and educational innovation. Initiated in early 2023, this endeavor brought together students, staff, and skilled trades experts under the guidance of Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Helena Neveu. Guided by Anishinaabe Elder Bernard Nelson, the Tipi was ceremonially erected, becoming a physical embodiment of unity and tradition on campus. Click here to learn more.

Our Goals

  • To support students throughout every aspect of their SLC journey – from pre-registration to graduation
  • To introduce students to the requirements of College life and help them successfully navigate through these
  • To help students maximize opportunities that will empower them to realize their full academic and personal potential
  • To provide a safe place for students to have their voices heard by sharing culture and concerns, talking about things that are important to Indigenous students, and expressing and developing their own Indigenous identity
  • To facilitate student participation in the overall life of the College community

Frequently Asked Questions

No – but you must be on our Indigenous student list. So, if you did not check the box for Indigenous students when you applied to College through OCAS, please contact your Indigenous Advisor (Mary Ann or Shirley).

No – crafts and activities are free to Indigenous students.

We can give you suggestions on how to start or continue your search, but we do not do the search for you.

Please send sponsorship letters to

indigenous bursaries, scholarships, and funding opportunities

Each year Indigenous students can apply for a student bursary.

To be eligible for a bursary you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a student with Indigenous ancestry. Indigenous ancestry includes First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. Proof of status is NOT required.
  • You must demonstrate a financial need. A financial information page is part of the application.
  • You must be 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.
  • You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident/Protected Person.

Indspire helps thousands of Indigenous students complete their education through financial support. We can help you, too! Indspire offers bursaries, scholarships, and awards for Indigenous students in post-secondary education programs, including full and part-time studies in college, university, skilled trades, apprenticeships, and technology programs.

There is one application for all of Indspire’s bursaries, scholarships, and awards (with a few exceptions noted on their website). You only need to complete the application once to be considered for all applicable bursaries, scholarships, and awards for the September 2021 to August 2022 academic year.

Application Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Learn more and apply at

The Indigenous 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.

Facilitated Admission for Indigenous Students

This pathway for Indigenous students will consider applications to highly competitive programs, placing less weight on background academic performance. Applicants in this pathway must meet the minimum entrance requirements for their program choice(s) to be considered for a highly competitive program. Admission requirements vary across post-secondary programs at St. Lawrence College.

Application Process

Applicants in this pathway must:

  • Meet the minimum entrance requirements for their program choice(s) to be considered for a highly competitive program
  • Complete the Facilitated Admission for Indigenous Student form by February 1.
  • Complete their application to St. Lawrence College with all transcripts and proof of enrollment through by February 1.
  • Proof of Indigenous ancestry required documentation (one of the following):
    • Status card
    • Band Membership card
    • Red card (Haudenosaunee Identification Card)
    • Certificate of Aboriginal Status Membership card from the provincial affiliate of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
    • Citizenship card issued by a Métis National Council governing member (for example, Métis Nation of Ontario, Métis Nation of Saskatchewan)
    • Land claim beneficiary card
    • American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian citizenship document from tribes that are state or federally recognized or recognized by the National Congress of American Indians.

*SLC promises to waive the international student tuition differential for students who are verified members of Indigenous nations in the United States of America. This commitment is part of the university’s recognition of the spirit of the Jay Treaty of 1794.