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          Indigenous Graduate Resources

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          Prospective Students

          How do I become a graduate student at SFU?

          Before you apply

          Graduate programs

          How to apply

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          Housing options on campus

          What kind of jobs can I find at SFU?

          Teaching Assistants / Tutor Markers / Sessionals

          Have more questions?

          Contact us gradstdy@sfu.ca or gps_indigenous@sfu.ca

           Support + Mentorship  

          GPS provides support and resources for self-identifying Indigenous graduate students and undergraduate students looking to transition into graduate studies. Denver Lynxleg (Anishinaabe) is the Coordinator for Indigenous Graduate Programs, she is available during part-time office hours on Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm to connect with you email (gps_indigenous@sfu.ca), over-the-phone or for virtual meetings.

          Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a province-wide, inter-institutional, peer-support/faculty-mentoring educational program.  The program supports Aboriginal students to make significant educational and social change using research, Indigenous knowledge, and community-oriented approaches. Non-Aboriginal graduate students engaged in Indigenous research are also encouraged to participate in SAGE.  Join the SAGE listserv by emailing: grad.sage@ubc.ca

          Visit the SAGE calendar of events for upcoming workshops and events.

          Graduate Student Profiles

          Request to showcase your research on the GPS website. To find out more information please email gps_indigenous@sfu.ca or gradstdy@sfu.ca for more information.

          Valerie Bob, PhD Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies
          Skye Augustine, PhD Resource and Environmental Management
          Elena Pennell, Masters of Arts, Anthropology
          Monique Auger, Masters of Science, Faculty of Health Sciences

          GPS Awards, Bursaries + Scholarships

          Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship $18,000 per year for master's students, $21,000 per year for doctoral students. See more of GPS's entrance scholarships here.

          Indigenous Graduate Travel Award The purpose of the award is to provide financial support for Indigenous students for the travel component important to their research. Students can only apply for the award once per academic year.

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          Graduate students are eligible for a variety of financial assistance programs including entrance or continuing scholarships, graduate fellowships, awards, teaching and research assistantships, bursaries and loans. Total scholarship support cannot exceed $50,000 per academic year. GPS Awards provides a consolidated and annually updated awards resource for Awards for Indigenous Students (PDF)

          GPS Awards workshops Scholarship application workshops are generally held in the fall term. Watch this page for frequent updates through the summer months or subscribe to the blog for updates by email.

          To find out more information about resources specific to Indigenous graduate students please email gps_indigenous@sfu.ca or gpsaward@sfu.ca

          SFU Financial Aid and External Awards

          Third party billing/Sponsorship If you are eligible to receive third party sponsorship (i.e. funding from First Nations band, Métis organization, Inuit organization). Ensure that your sponsorship form has been sent to SFU Student Accounts no later than the tuition fee deadline for the term. Please direct any questions about third party sponsorship to student_accounts@sfu.ca

          SFU Financial Aid Office Financial Aid offers a variety of financial assistance opportunities to Canadian Aboriginal students. Aboriginal heritage is defined as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada (in accordance with Canada's 1982 Constitution).

          Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest IMN-PN funding supports Indigenous students and researchers pursuing Indigenous wellness-related research. Students studying in or conducting research in British Columbia or the Yukon are encouraged to apply.

          Community + Wellness

          Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a province-wide, inter-institutional, peer-support/faculty-mentoring educational program.  The program supports Aboriginal students to make significant educational and social change using research, Indigenous knowledge, and community-oriented approaches. Non-Aboriginal graduate students engaged in Indigenous research are also encouraged to participate in SAGE.  Join the SAGE listserv by emailing: grad.sage@ubc.ca

          Visit the SAGE calendar of events for upcoming workshops and events.

           

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          First Nations Student Association (FNSA) is an independent student-run organization for all self-identified Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Status/Non-Status (FNMI) students here at SFU.  The FNSA is located in the First Nations Students Common Room and Study Room in TC 3108 and TC 3112, in the Rotunda. The rooms are for FNMI students to meet and socialize, and for quiet study.

          Join the email list to learn about upcoming events: fnsa-board@sfu.ca

           

          The Office for Aboriginal Peoples (OAP) was established in 2009 with the mandate to take the lead on implementing the Aboriginal Strategic Plan at Simon Fraser University. The OAP also provides resources such as a directory of Aboriginal Contacts.

          SFU’s Office for Aboriginal People’s Newsletter to learn more about SFU Indigenous-related events, announcements and important dates. Subscribe here.

           

          The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) is a space on Burnaby campus for all current Indigenous students. The ISC website includes an events page which promotes workshops and cultural activities.

          SFU Indigenous Clinical Counselling Supports counselling is confidential and provided at no cost for students currently enrolled at SFU.

           

          ímesh meaning "to walk" in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh snichim (Squamish Language), is a mobile app developed by the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies at SFU. The app is a response to the university’s Community Engagement Strategy, and its Aboriginal Strategic Plan, and is intended to be a step, however small, toward decolonizing the university and the surrounding landscape.

          Library + Research

          Indigenous Research Support to see resources specific for Indigenous students click here. Learn more about the Indigenous Initiatives Librarian to receive support with your research.

          Visit the Research Commons they support research endeavours of the University community, with particular focus on graduate students during all stages of the research lifecycle - ideas, partners, proposal writing, research process, and publication - and provides easy access to both physical and virtual research resources.

          Teaching + Leadership

          Indigenous leaders and educators come to SFU to enhance their knowledge and skills in order to benefit their communities. Indigenous students take classes in every Faculty at SFU. We have also developed the following programs specifically for Indigenous Peoples.

          Faculty of Education is committed to collaborative work with diverse Indigenous communities and organizations as well as with individual students and educators in a range of rural and urban locations. This focus is inclusive of Aboriginal peoples in Canada (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) as well as Indigenous peoples from other countries. Learn more of the faculties work by visiting the Office of Indigenous Education website. See the Indigenous Gathering Space and learn more about Indigenous leadership from the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee.  

          Faculty of Business Programs SFU Beedie Executive Education provides customized, high-impact learning opportunities for individuals and organizations. We come together around pressing needs and challenge you to change your mindset utilizing academic insights reinforced by industry experts in our robust network. We aim to help you become purposefully curious and leave wanting to change the status quo. Learn more about Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) Leadership Exchange.  

          Executive MBA in Indigenous Business Leadership The SFU Executive MBA in Indigenous Business Leadership (EMBA IBL) is the only accredited MBA program in North America addressing Indigenous business, economic development and entrepreneurship.

          News + Updates

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          Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest Newsletter to learn more about the latest Indigenous-focused headlines, events and training, funding and job information, as well as resources and other unique opportunities. Subscribe here.

          Indigenous Top Ten is a free biweekly publication designed to share breaking news, interesting research, best practices, and policy developments regarding First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education in Canada. Subscribe here.

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