Indigenous students

Three Indigenous students walking down a hallway together smiling

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

At Waterloo, you'll find resources and opportunities for Indigenous students from weekly soup lunches and craft circles to scholarships and an on-campus Living Learning Community.


Scholarships, awards, and bursaries for Indigenous students

Waterloo offers several scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous students. Scholarships are awarded primarily based on academic and personal achievement, while bursaries are issued based on financial need.

  • Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology Momentum Fellowship ($30,000/year)
  • JP Gladu Scholarships in Indigenous Entrepreneurship ($5,000)
  • Co-operators Award for Black and Indigenous students ($2,500)
  • John Tattersall Memorial award (up to $1,200)
  • Dupont-Peppler Award for Black or Indigenous students (up to $1,000)
  • Herbert Fernando Memorial Award (two awards of $500)
  • Indigenous student bursary ($500)
  • Indigenous student awards for undergraduate students (varies)
  • and more!

Learn more about scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous students →

Life at Waterloo

Ceremonial fire grounds and medicine garden


The Ceremonial Fire Grounds and Medicine Garden are bookable spaces that facilitate community-building and offer a sacred space for individual use, ceremonies, education, and other gatherings.

Regalia feathers


The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC) hosts an annual Pow Wow to honour traditional teachings through drumming, dancing, food, and crafts.

Indigenous students walking outside together

Feel at home

Be part of our close-knit Living Learning Community that supports the needs of Indigenous first-year students, offered by United College and WISC.


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Resources and supports

Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC)

WISC offers holistic support for the Indigenous community at Waterloo. Through cultural gatherings, elder teachings, workshops, and activities WISC creates a space for community, connection, and friendship among students, staff, and faculty.

Office of Indigenous Relations (OIR)

OIR is a central hub for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students, researchers, faculty, staff, and allies within the Waterloo campus community. OIR provides guidance, support, and resources to strengthen our shared vision of reconciliation.

Counselling Services

Counselling Services supports your personal, social, and academic experiences through one-on-one counselling, group therapy, and skills seminars.

In addition to on-campus supports, there are also many community resources you can access.


Learn more about the services to help you succeed at Waterloo →

Indigenous programs

Indigenous studies.

Indigenous Studies minor program: Take courses from The Indigenous Experience in Canada to Indigenous Visual Culture. Develop or maintain your cultural language skills with language courses in Mohawk. Available to all Waterloo students.


Indigenous entrepreneur.

Indigenous Entrepreneurship program: Learn from Indigenous instructors with deeply held expertise in entrepreneurship and social justice. Available as a minor for students enrolled in any degree program at Waterloo or as a stand-alone diploma for students with at least one year of completed successful post-secondary study.


Activities and societies

Student life.


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Ready to learn more?

Student reading the Waterloo Indigenous brochure

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Want to learn more about our programs and the Indigenous student experience? Request our viewbook and Indigenous brochure to learn more.

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Campus tour.

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Alex Degagne, Indigenous Recruitment and Partnership Specialist

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Contact Alex, our Indigenous Recruitment and Partnership Specialist, who can answer any questions you have about studying at Waterloo.

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