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Indigenous Student Self-Identification

The University of Guelph is committed to building a sense of community and belonging among First Nations, Inuit and Métis students and providing support and services to assist Indigenous students in achieving their educational and career goals. For certain opportunities, students may be asked to confirm their identity through the University of Guelph's Indigenous Identity Confirmation process.

Students can voluntarily choose to self-identify as an Indigenous student at the University of Guelph through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application or through the Indigenous Voluntary Self-Declaration form on WebAdvisor. For more information or questions about the self-identification process contact the Indigenous Student Advisor by emailing or drop by to see them at the Indigenous Student Centre (Federal Building - 620 Gordon Street).

Indigenous Identity Confirmation

There are some awards and opportunities at the University of Guelph that require Indigenous identity confirmation. The ISC team is available to support Indigenous students with this process. To learn more, visit the Office of Indigenous Initiatives website.

Any Status or non-Status First Nations, Inuit, and/or Métis student can self-declare at any point during their studies at the University of Guelph. Proof of ancestry, Status or citizenship is not required to self-identify.

  • Indigenous Student Centre will be able to send you information regarding activities, events, and programs available on campus, and bursaries, scholarships, and services specific to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students
  • You can learn about ways to connect with the on-campus Indigenous community
  • You will learn how to access Indigenous-specific services and supports
  • You will learn how to connect with visiting Elders and Knowledge Holders
  • It will help the U of G and the Indigenous Student Centre to adapt to the evolving needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students

All student information collected is protected under Ontario's Freedom of Information and Project of Privacy Act and will remain confidential. Any reporting will be done in aggregate without identifying information.

University of Guelph (Guelph and Ridgetown campuses)
Identified information will only be used by the Indigenous Student Centre, Student Financial Services, Admissions and Enrolment Services who are required to maintain confidentiality to provide enhanced support for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.

Guelph-Humber students will have their information shared with the Indigenous Education & Engagement Centre at Humber College who provides support for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students at Guelph-Humber.

The Indigenous Student Centre specifically focuses on supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, however all students are welcome to visit the Indigenous Student Centre. There are numerous cultural and educational programs that are open to all students. For more information email

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