Indigenous student services

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If your ancestors are Indigenous Peoples of the Lands we now call Canada or you’re Indigenous to other regions of the world, we are grateful that you have chosen to study at Royal Roads. We are committed to supporting your success.

By self-identifying as an Indigenous student when you enroll, or any time after that, you will receive information about opportunities to connect with other Indigenous students and members of our Heron People Circle.

This will also allow us to keep you up to date with information about financial aid and awards, upcoming activities and your Indigenous graduate recognition ceremony.

Connect with our Indigenous Student Services Coordinator Candice Cook by email or in Library 310 to find out more.

Cultural support

We strive to create spaces where Indigenous students feel welcome and safe.

One-on-one cultural support is available by connecting with Candice Cook, our Indigenous student services coordinator. Candice can also arrange for you to meet individually with one of our Heron People Circle members.

We offer events, workshops and sharing circles on campus and online, so you can build relationships and stay connected to the Royal Roads community, no matter where you are. Some of these events take place in our Indigenous e’lun, an online community space just for Indigenous students.

When you’re on campus you can also access Sneq’wa e’lun. This is our building dedicated to supporting Indigenous Peoples and the work we're doing as a university community to contribute to creating our future together as Indigenous Peoples, descendants of immigrants, immigrants and visitors. Indigenous students can use the space to meet, study or just relax. Email Candice Cook, Indigenous student services coordinator, to make a booking.

Academic support

Find academic support services to support you on your academic journey at Royal Roads.

As you probably remember from participating in LaunchPad, our online orientation, you can get help from accessibility services advisors, learning strategists, team coaches and writing advisors.

Our Four Feathers Writing Guide is designed to support Indigenous students as academic writers. This guide was developed especially for Royal Roads students by Heron People Circle members Shirley Alphonse and the late Nadine Charles, assisted by Theresa Bell, blended learning manager.

Personal support

You can talk to our Indigenous student services coordinator about anything. Depending on your needs, they can help connect you with a member of the Heron People Circle, an Indigenous counsellor or other community resources.

Financial support

Royal Roads has specific funding support for Indigenous students, and we can help connect you to other funders as well. Select “Indigenous” in the filter for “special audience” to see the specific awards available for Indigenous students.

Financial Aid and Awards staff are happy to help point you in the right direction if you’re looking for funding sources or to contact us.