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Aboriginal Student Centre

A supportive environment for Aboriginal students

Dalhousie, in partnership with The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, welcome students to discover outstanding educational and engagement opportunities that will inspire and empower you while helping shape your future.

The Aboriginal Student Centre (ASC) helps create a sense of belonging to support your success while at Dalhousie. Our Aboriginal Student Advisor provides support and advocacy for all of Dalhousie’s Aboriginal students. We welcome you to make use of our personal, educational, and career resources to enhance your university experience:

• Tutoring, study skills and writing development
• Cultural activities
• Scholarship and bursary information
• Educational and information sessions
• Networking opportunities
• Referrals to supports on and off campus



Visit our centre in the Student Union Building (4th floor, room 407) to enjoy some coffee or tea, take advantage of academic advising, and meet other Aboriginal students. We also host social gatherings, including potlucks, cultural events and information sessions.



The Aboriginal Student Centre is proud to offer traditional smudging. The centre has appropriate ventilation and sage bundles available. We welcome students and elders to visit the centre to use our smudging facilities. 

Academic support

A tutor from the Writing Centre is here at the Aboriginal Student Centre (ASC) two hours one day a week (Friday, 12:30pm-2:30pm). To make an appointment with a tutor, call 902.494.1963.

In collaboration with Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK), the Aboriginal Student Centre offers math tutoring to students 4 hours per week (Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm and Wednesday 3:00pm-5:00pm). To make an appointment with a math tutor, call 902.494.8863.

A study skills coach from the Studying for Success program meets one-on-one with students here at the Aboriginal Student Centre two hours a week (Friday, 10:00am-11:30am). To make an appointment for any of these sessions, call 902.494.3077.


Financial assistance

We’re committed to helping you find ways to fund your education. Below are a few scholarships available specifically for aboriginal students. For a complete listing of scholarships and bursaries, please contact the Aboriginal Student Advisor or visit Money Matters.

Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people, also offer bursaries and scholarships.




Dalhousie can also help all eligible students financially through non-repayable bursaries.

NSHA Bursary
Full- and part-time aboriginal students studying in health professions may be eligible to apply for a Nova Scotia Health Authority Bursary of up to $2,000


Apart from Dalhousie’s regular merit-based entrance scholarships, some are specifically for Aboriginal students:

First Nations & Indigenous Black Students Scholarships (Undergraduate)

  • $3,000 renewable entrance scholarships
  • available to First Nations and Indigenous Black students from the Maritime provinces

Nova Scotia Black and First Nations Graduate Entrance Scholarships

  • $15,000 renewable scholarships
  • available to Nova Scotia Black and First Nations graduate students (master’s or doctoral level)

Morris Saffron Award

  • available to Status or Non-Status Native graduates of Dalhousie’s Transition Year Program

The University of King’s College scholarships

  • available specifically for Native students studying at the University of King’s College, including the Dr. Carrie Best Scholarship, the Alumni Media Scholarship, and the ATV Media Scholarship


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Aboriginal Student Centre

Visit us in the Student Union Building

Located in the SUB on the 4th floor (room 407), we welcome you to drop by to see an advisor, use our resource library or book an appointment. 

6136 University Ave, Room 407, Student Union Building, Halifax, NS


8:30am - 4:00 pm



fax: 902.494.3875


Contact Us
Room 407, Student Union Building
Email: nativeed@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-8863
Fax: (902) 494-3875