Resources for Indigenous Students

Indigenous Students

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Royal Roads University acknowledges that the campus is located on the traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families who have lived here for thousands of years.

This land has been part of the fabric of the life of Indigenous communities long before Hatley Castle was built, and it will be long into the future. It is with gratitude that we now learn and work here, where the past, present and future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty and staff come together.

Supporting Royal Roads University Indigenous Students

Indigenous Student Services provides cultural, financial, and academic guidance and support to all Indigenous students throughout their studies and time with Royal Roads University. If you have self-identified, you will receive information about events and academic and financial support via email. You will also be included in the Indigenous Student E’lun, an online gathering space for Indigenous students. If you haven’t self-identified but wish to be on this list, please contact us.

Meet the Indigenous Student Services Coordinator

Frankie Allen is of Inuit and Scottish descent with a passion for celebrating all the ‘ways of being’ a diverse student body encompasses. She is honored to be working with RRU Indigenous students and the many cultures they represent. Frankie is inspired by the spiritual, social, intellectual and emotional growth that occurs when we challenge ourselves and others to do and be better; believing through shared journeys and connection to place, we can affect sustainable and positive change in the world around us. She firmly believes RRU’s ability to respond to a rapidly changing world is directly tied to its diversity and the gifts each student brings to a multi-directional learning environment. She looks forward to celebrating and supporting you at RRU. 

Cultural Support

As there is a diversity of Indigenous students at Royal Roads University, we strive 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. Events, workshops, and sharing circles take place on campus and online to ensure students can foster relationships and stay connected to the Royal Roads community, no matter where they are located.

If you have an idea you would like to bring forward as an event for Indigenous students and the Royal Roads University community, please contact us.

Academic Support

Indigenous Student Services works closely with program offices, the Writing Centre, Team Coaching, and other service areas to support student success. Through individual student advising, we will help students to utilize the internal and external support that will assist them in their academic, personal and professional life.

If you have questions, or to meet with the Indigenous Student Services Coordinator, please contact us.

Financial Support

Indigenous Student Services works with Indigenous students to identify funding opportunities, including band funding applications, awards and bursaries granted through Royal Roads, and assistance from Metis and other Aboriginal organizations that may provide bursary and grant applications.

To explore funding opportunities available through Royal Roads, please visit the Financial Aid and Awards website.

If you have questions, or to meet with the Indigenous Student Services Coordinator, please contact us.