Indigenous Student Services

Land acknowledgement
Bishop’s University is located on the Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Abenaki People.

Self-identification
At Bishop’s University, First Nations, Inuit and Métis students have the possibility to self-identify when they complete their application. We encourage students to self-identify as it helps us to provide services specifically for Indigenous students and develop more resources on our campus.

Indigenous Student Support and Community Liaison

The Indigenous student support is one of the many services that the University offers to support its students. We provide individual support and guidance to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students dedicated to their academic and social success.

According to their personal needs, we connect students with professionals of the student services team or refer them to the appropriate resources on and off campus.

The Indigenous student support and Community liaison officer communicates with the students’ home Communities and when needed, collaborates with several organizations to facilitate an easier transition for the student with their university experience.

Together, we can achieve success with the support of a strong community!

Program: Indigenous Studies Minor

The Indigenous Studies Minor (ISM) is designed to introduce students, through an interdisciplinary approach, to the global process of cultural encounters and the resultant responses of resistance, accommodation and adaptation. Students will be exposed to theories and world-wide applications of, and responses to, imperialism and colonialism, as well as decolonization and post-colonialism.

See Indigenous Studies Minor in the Academic Calendar.

Turtle Island Internship

This internship exists as a way for a returning-student to share Indigenous culture with the Bishop’s campus. The intern will have the choice to host events, cultural activities or bring in Indigenous speakers on campus. This fund is available to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. The intern works in collaboration with the Indigenous Cultural Alliance.

Indigenous Cultural Alliance (ICA)

The Indigenous Cultural Alliance is a student-led club whose overall goal is to bring awareness of the Indigenous community on campus and to create a safe space for learning between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Our plan is to provide the Bishop’s Community with cultural activities and opportunities to explore Indigenous issues and the variety of Indigenous cultures present in Canada.

Facebook   Indigenous Cultural Alliance Facebook page.

Events

Throughout the year, we organize different activities to promote Indigenous cultures and history and bring cultural awareness to the members of the Bishop’s community and surrounding areas. The orange shirt day march, beading workshops, visits to the Musée des Abénakis in Odanak are a few examples of activities that took place this year.  Visit us regularly to see the upcoming activities or check the Bishop’s Events Calendar.