Indigenous Applicants

Persons of Indigenous ancestry, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples may apply as either General or Specific category applicants. As Specific category applicants, persons of Indigenous ancestry who meet the Mature category requirements may apply under both the Mature and Indigenous categories.

Applicants in this category must submit all the documents listed on our How to Apply page, in addition to a resume or CV, and a proof or declaration of identity. Please consult the following guidelines:

Personal Statement

The personal statement should discuss work, personal and community experiences, and other factors relevant to the application. In your statement it is important that you explain the degree to which you identify with your Indigenous community. There should be some indication given, if appropriate, of the extent to which you have been involved in your Indigenous community.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

You must submit an up-to-date resumé or curriculum vitae via the SAM screen in OLSAS.

Proof or Declaration of Identity

Please consult the University of Ottawa's Eligibility for Focused Admissions, Scholarships, and Bursaries for First Nations, Inuit and Métis People. This document contains a set of guidelines for how to demonstrate membership in your community.

Reference Letters

At least 1 of your letters of reference should be from an academic source and the other should be a non-academic letter supporting your connection to the Indigenous community.

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