Supporting Royal Roads University Indigenous Students
Our ongoing relationship with Indigenous students and their communities is an important pillar in extending our educational reach beyond the classroom experience.
Our Goal is to provide on campus and on-line learning support and assistance for Indigenous students interested in our undergraduate and graduate programs or a non-credit training courses offered through the different schools and programs at Royal Roads University. One of the keys to our programs is to provide relevant content that will weave indigenous knowledge with topics such as conflict management, communication culture, humanitarian studies, environmental studies, education and technology and interdisciplinary studies, business and tourism and hospitality to current and future students.
As there is a diversity of Indigenous Students at Royal Roads University, we want to create a cultural space that embodies cultural safety, a space to share knowledge and a place where we offer cultural workshops, lectures, sharing circles and feasts. If you have an idea you would like to bring forward as an event for Indigenous Students and the Royal Roads University members, please feel free to contact us.
We offer flexible academic support that will assist students to find a program that will enhance their already acquired skills and provide them with the resources to apply those skills to their careers. We will help students to understand the uniqueness of the learning and teaching model and assist them in making a decision that works for them. We will help students to utilize the internal and external support that will assist them in their academic, personal and professional life.
Financial support services will assist students with their band funding application, or assistance from Metis and other Aboriginal organizations that may provide bursary and grant applications. Royal Roads University is currently working to build partnerships to develop funding that will create awards.
Additional to our goal is to find ways to connect our current Indigenous students with our Indigenous Alumni by sharing stories, providing support, and creating new opportunities for research and outreach utilizing technology, an online world which connects Indigenous and Metis students with prospective students and alumni from their home and communities. If you are Indigenous Alumni, and interested in being a support and willing to connect to a current or prospective Indigenous student, please contact us.
Interesting fact! When Royal Roads University first opened in 1996, the first cohort of enrolled students included our first Indigenous student, Michelle Corfield who is Nuu-chah-nulth from Ucluelet First Nations. Corfield, like many, was inspired by the learning and then continued on to achieve her doctorate degree. Michelle Corfield now works to provide holistic consulting and project management services to First Nations, individuals, and organizations working with and for First Nations.