As an Aboriginal student you can access specific resources to help pay for your post-secondary studies. Sometimes these resources depend on your status as an Aboriginal person.
To learn more about your status, check out the info below. Then find out what funding is available for you!
First Nations: Status
An Aboriginal individual who is listed in the Indian Register of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development of Canada (AANDC).
First Nations: Treaty
In addition to being Status First Nations people, Treaty First Nations people belong to a First Nation (e.g., Saddle Lake First Nation) that signed a treaty with the Crown. As Status First Nation people, Treaty First Nation people are entitled to rights and benefits, including financial support to pursue post-secondary studies.
To find out which treaty your First Nation falls under, find the register of First Nations in Alberta on the AANDC website.
Being of treaty status provides you with specific rights. Choose your treaty from the menu to learn more (opens in new window).
First Nations: Non-Status
An Aboriginal individual who considers themself a First Nations person, but is not registered through the AANDC website. This might be because his or her ancestors were never registered or they may have lost their status under former provisions of the Indian Act.
Individuals can apply to register as a Status First Nations person by receiving a Certificate of Indian Status. See if you are eligible on the AANDC website.
An Aboriginal individual who self-identifies as Métis, is of historic Métis Nation ancestry and is accepted by the Métis Nation. Check out the Métis Nation of Alberta for more information.
An Aboriginal individual whose ancestry originates in Northern Canada (Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Northern Quebec and Northern Labrador).