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Indigenous Student Advising

Fostering a Supportive Environment for all Indigenous Students

Indigenous Student Access Path Information [PDF - 600Kb] is now available



AAU member institutional response to the TRC's recommendations for PSE

Atlantic Canada’s universities have started the journey in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations for postsecondary education (PSE). 


June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day!


June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. That's why, this month, our Dal Med Innovator is Dr. Rob Johnson, Canada's first Mi'kmaq physician.

After graduating from Dalhousie in 1998 to receive his medical degree, Dr. Johnson embarked on residency training in family medicine at the University of British Columbia, curious to see a different part of Canada. He returned to Nova Scotia for a time, practising emergency medicine at the Dartmouth General Hospital, then returned to the West Coast to pursue studies in emergency medicine and anesthesiology at UBC.

Dr. Johnson takes pride in providing his medical services to northern and rural communities, in particular those areas with large Indigenous populations—such as Yellowknife and Duncan, where he does regular locum work.

We're proud to celebrate Dr. Johnson's legacy during National Indigenous History Month. The Indigenous Health Program in the Faculty of Medicine provides support for the academic success and graduation of Indigenous learners who aspire to pursue a career in medicine. Read more about the contributions and achievements of our Dal Med Innovators at medicine.dal.ca/dalmedinnovators.

Candidate Presentations for Indigenous Services Librarian position

Candidates for the Indigenous Services Librarian position at the MacRae Library will be giving a short presentation titled:  

How do you envision the Dalhousie Libraries responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and engaging local communities?

The presentations will take place on Friday, June 29th, in the Cobequid Gallery (Librarian’s Corner), MacRae Library. The candidates and presentation times are:

Lorisia MacLeod
11:30-12:00 noon
Morning Star Padilla

*Note: attendees in Halifax can go to Room 2902 in the Killam Library where the presentation will be videoconferenced. Directions to Room 2902: 


All are welcome. 


Dalhousie's Faculty of Agriculture in Truro, NS welcomes students of Aboriginal ancestry to discover outstanding educational opportunities that will inspire you and help shape your future. On all of our campuses at Dalhousie, you’ll find other students who share your Aboriginal background. You’ll also find personal and educational support services that will help make your university education the best it can be.

Our Indigenous Student Coordinator is focused on enhancing your success in and out of the classroom, and helping you meet your academic and personal goals—whether that's through sessions with math and writing tutors or perhaps nutrition and personal finance workshops.

The Coordinator helps foster your success by providing specialized advising and support, and by working with faculty and staff to create a welcoming and inclusive campus environment for our students.

Indigenous Student Services and Programs offered on the Truro campus, include:

  • Academic and career advising
  • Indigenousl culture-based activities, workshops, and performances
  • Elder sessions (story sharing and stress relief)
  • Mi’kmaq History Month activities (October)
  • Lunch and learns
  • Lecture series/guest speakers
  • Tutoring services
  • Student advocacy/liaising 

Indigenous Resource Room

Come visit our Indigenous Student Resource Room located in Room 154 of the Cox Institute. While there you can enjoy free coffee or tea, use the printer, or take advantage of academic advising, and meet other Aboriginal students.

Financial Assistance

We’re committed to helping you find ways to fund your education. Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people, also offer bursaries and scholarships. For a complete listing of scholarships and bursaries, please contact the Indigenous Student Advisor or visit Money Matters.