Resources for Aboriginal Post-Secondary Students

BC Ministry of Advanced Education: This website has information and links to several different grant and scholarship options, and student planning resources.

Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society: “The BC Aboriginal Student Award was established in 2008 as part of the Provincial Government’s strategy to improve Aboriginal access and achievement. Its purpose is to support Aboriginal people in securing post secondary education by reducing financial barriers. The Society administers the program in partnership with the Victoria Foundation. Awards of $1,000 – $5,000 are available for Aboriginal people pursuing post secondary education at B.C. public post-secondary institutions or Aboriginal-run institutions. Beginning in 2013, a special focus and additional funding will be made available for students pursuing Master’s and Doctoral degrees. The Aboriginal Teacher Education Award supports Aboriginal students enrolled in a teacher education program at a public post-secondary in British Columbia. Awards are $5,000 annually for a maximum of four years.”

Aboriginal Learning Links

Aboriginal Scholarship Guide

RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program

Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA)
This organization works with educational institutions in developing accreditation, etc. They may have information about funding language programs, or other options.

New Relationship Trust – Scholarships and Bursaries
“NRT Scholarships and Bursaries are available to First Nation students pursuing a post-secondary education from a recognized institution. Scholarships are awarded at the Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate levels. Bursaries are awarded to students pursuing trades certificates and diplomas.”

Indspire Institute
“Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries and Scholarship Awards : Indspire is the largest supporter of Indigenous education outside the federal government. To date Indspire has awarded more than $50 million in scholarships and bursaries to over 14,000 First Nation, Inuit and Métis recipients nationwide. Thanks to the generosity of numerous corporate and government partners, Indspire disburses funds to Indigenous youth across Canada, covering all disciplines in four funding categories: Fine Arts, Oil and Gas and Trades and Technology, Health Careers and Post Secondary Education. Indspire is able to obtain and disburse this much-needed financial support by partnering and engaging some of Canada’s leading companies, public agencies, professional and labour groups who generously invest their resources toward realization of the potential of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students. Visit our Scholarships and Bursary page to find out more information about how to apply for bursaries and scholarships.”

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada – The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool
A searchable list of bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada, offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations and others. 

Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG)

This program helps adults demonstrating financial need who are enrolled in skills upgrading, education and training courses.It provides grants based on financial need to help with costs like tuition fees, books, supplies, transportation, and unsubsidized childcare costs.

UVIC-Aboriginal-Student-Transition-Handbook  PDF


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