Indigenous students

A student at the far end of the table uses an eyedropper while 2 other students look on

With the support of the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, Brae uses his chemistry knowledge to focus on indigenizing beauty. As part of that work, he plans and facilitates workshops that integrate Indigenous medicines and remedies with skincare products.

Boozhoo, shé:kon, waachjiiye, tansi, aanii, tungasugiit, tawnshi, greetings!

At Waterloo, you’ll find resources and opportunities, from weekly meetups and scholarships to an on-campus living community for Indigenous students.


Scholarships and bursaries

Entrance scholarships, awarded to new Waterloo students, are based primarily on academic and personal achievement while bursaries are based on financial need.

Tuition waivers for First Nations communities

Waterloo is committed to addressing the goals of truth and reconciliation and removing or reducing the financial barriers of attending university.

  • We waive the application fee for all Indigenous applicants.
  • We also waive tuition fees for Waterloo students who are members of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation or Six Nations of the Grand River (on whose traditional territory the University of Waterloo is situated).
  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students from Canadian provinces and territories outside Ontario can pay the lower tuition rate for Ontario students. Native American students from the continental U.S. recognized by the Jay Treaty are also eligible for Ontario tuition rates instead of international student tuition.

More about the tuition waiver →


Life at Waterloo

Indigenous students walking outside together

Feel at home

Be part of our close-knit on-campus residence community that supports Indigenous first-year students.

Regalia feathers


The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC) hosts an annual Pow Wow and weekly Soup and Bannock Days.

Ceremonial fire grounds and medicine garden


The Ceremonial Fire Grounds and Medicine Garden offer a sacred space for individual use, ceremonies, education, and other gatherings.


Supporting your success

In addition to the resources for all Waterloo students, Indigenous students have access to a range of services. From weekly soup and bannock lunches to an Indigenous counsellor and support for students interested in entrepreneurship, there are staff and resources dedicated to supporting your time at Waterloo.


Finding community as an Indigenous student at Waterloo

Adjusting to university life can be difficult but with the right support, your transition into Waterloo life can become easier. Brae, an Honours Chemistry student can attest to that.

Devon, an Environment, Resources and Sustainability, adds that "the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre created a space for me to be comfortable in."

Read about Devon's and Brae's experiences and how they've been able to feel connected to the campus.


Enhance your learning

Many of Waterloo's programs allow you to include a specialization or a minor, which consists of 8 to 10 courses. These minors are available to all Waterloo students. The minors and language courses listed here are taught at United College, which is part of the University of Waterloo and located on our main campus.


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Alex Degagne, Indigenous Recruitment and Partnership Specialist

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No matter your question, our Indigenous Recruitment and Partnerships Specialist, Alex DeGagne, is here to support you.

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Student-written articles

Discover more about Indigenous support and initiatives in these student-written articles.