Making your Declaration
Every year, many Indigenous students do not self-declare their Indigenous ancestry on their student file. Indigenous ancestry is a general term that refers to individuals who are First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit.
- First Nation: A broad term that refers to the Indigenous folks who are not Inuit or Metis. They typically occupied the land known as Canada south of the Artic. This includes (but not limited to) the following groups: Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Annishabe, Blackfoot, Mohawk, Dene, Miq’mak, Salish, Haida, etc. First Nation folks may also have other indicators such as clans, different linguistic groups, etc.
- Status: A First Nation person officially recognized by the Federal Government through the Indian Act and Indian Register. “Status” is given by presenting the registered First Nation person with a card that contains their photo, name, band/reserve and registration number.
- Non-Status: A First Nation person not recognized by the Federal Government and/or in ineligible for “Status”.
- Métis: A distinct cultural identity which resulted from the unions of Europeans and First Nation folks during the early settlement of Canada. Metis can be used both generally and specifically – whether it is a mixture of European and First Nation descent or you can trace your family to a historic Metis community such as the Red River.
- Inuit: Inuit are an Indigenous people living primarily or descent from the Artic regions of Canada (also known as Inuit Nunangat).
Note: Concordia University of Edmonton does not require proof of Indigenous ancestry to self-declare. However, proof will be required if applying for most Indigenous internal and external awards, scholarships or bursaries.
Why Should I Declare?
Those who declare will receive emails related to Indigenous funding opportunities, scholarships, bursaries, community events, volunteer opportunities, programs in the IKRC, special events and more.
Those who declare will also receive an invitation to a graduation pipe ceremony prior to the end of classes.