- Since 1992, the Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs has been supporting incoming and returning Aboriginal students, in all U of T programs. It provides students the opportunity to create a space where Aboriginal people from across Canada and the United States can work and grow in a community environment, which reflects the distinctive cultures of Aboriginal Nations.
There are many culturally supportive programs available to you as an Aboriginal student at U of T that can help you develop leadership skills, grow spiritually and achieve academic excellence.
In addition to having access to the full range of services and programs on campus, you can take advantage of the resources at First Nations House and the Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs, as well as the support of Aboriginal student groups.
First Nations House
First Nations House is a home away from home for Aboriginal students and fosters an environment that encourages and supports you along your academic journey. It also publishes the First Nations House Magazine that explores all things Aboriginal.
Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs
Located in First Nations House, the Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs provides Aboriginal students with a variety of resources, services and programs:
- Academic assistance — get help choosing your program of study, course selection and long-term academic planning, or work with a tutor to improve your essay writing, study and research skills.
- Financial counselling — consult with a financial advisor.
- Jobs and careers — get referrals for jobs and career counsellors.
- Housing — access housing and emergency housing, as well as daycare.
- Health, wellness, faith and spirituality — learn how to maintain spiritual health and well-being through the Visiting Elders Program and community development, or meet with First Nations Elders for guidance, traditional teaching or information about the Aboriginal community.
- Cultural education — experience Aboriginal culture through a variety of events and workshops, or speak to the Writer-in-Residence. Also explore the educational materials in the Resource Centre.
- First-year and graduate student services — both first-year undergraduate and graduate students have access to specialized services.