Indigenous Services

June is National Indigenous History Month

During Indigenous History Month, the SLC community aims to learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We also aim to increase our understanding of Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being and how we can each take reconciliACTION, meaningful steps to move reconciliation forward. During the month of June, we also recognize the Strawberry Moon, Summer Solstice (June 20), and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21). 

The Indigenous Services Team at SLC has a line-up of wonderful events, speakers and resources throughout June to celebrate Indigenous History Month.

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 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 Indigenous peoples
  • Give you information about Indigenous bursaries, scholarships, and other funding opportunities, including band funding
  • Introduce you to other Indigenous students, especially upper-year students who can be mentors to new students
  • Listen to your concerns and celebrate your successes!

Indigenous Student 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 (Jessie 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.

The Indigenous Advisors send current students scholarship and bursary opportunities via student email, on our social media pages and through the SLC Indigenous services webpage.

Sponsorship letters will be received by

Indigenous Student Bursaries

Each year Indigenous students can apply for one of the approximately 12 Indigenous Student Bursaries.

Details regarding the next 2020/2021 academic year bursary will be available in winter 2021.

Are you Eligible?

To be eligible for this 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.

St. Lawrence College Scholarships and Bursaries

The Indigenous Student Bursary is a different application than the bursaries you can apply to through St. Lawrence College

Indspire Building Brighter Futures Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards

Indspire helps thousands of Indigenous students complete their education through financial support. We can help you, too!

Apply today. Application Deadlines: August 1, November 1, and February 1


Other Indigenous Funding Opportunities

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.

Visit the website:

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:

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