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Indigenous Resources

The resources below are to help support Indigenous students through their educational journey at City University in Canada. If you are an Indigenous student at CityU and did not self-identify on your application, you can proudly identify yourself at any time by contacting a student advisor.  

Indigenous Scholarships 

InternalExternalIndigenous Career Opportunities
City University in Canada offers an Indigenous Student Scholarship! This scholarship is 25% of the quarterly tuition for each quarter for the duration of your studies at CityU.
Click here to learn more and apply.  
Indigenous Education Canada’s Future (Indspire)
Aboriginal Learning
Indigenous Professionals
Indigenous Canada

Virtual Gathering Space

Please see the calendar below for scheduled gatherings. The purpose of these gatherings is to build relationships among the Indigenous Community at CityU. These open gatherings as a space for Indigenous students to connect with each other and with the Indigenous Campus Advocate. Gatherings are voluntary, and students are welcome to drop-in as their schedule allows.  To attend any or all of these gatherings, please click on the date(s) below to register to receive the Zoom link. 

Community and Cultural Events

Community and Cultural Events Calendar

  • August 9th, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples  
  • September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 

Student Support

Reach out!

CityU’s Indigenous Campus Advocate is honoured to welcome you and support you through your journey at CityU. Contact your Indigenous Campus Advocate with any concerns, questions, or requests you may have. Or, send her a message just to introduce yourself!  

Welcome! I am Jalissa Schmidt, City University in Canada’s Indigenous Campus Advocate. I am a member of the Acho Dene Koe First Nation, a member of Treaty 11. My mother’s family originates from Fort Liard, Northwest Territories, but I am local to the Lower Mainland in British Columbia.  

I graduated from public school here in B.C. and was often singled out for my Indigenous background. I was taken out of class for reasons such as learning the culture of a nation that was not my own, making sure I did my homework, ensuring I was attending class, and so on. There was an underlying assumption that I needed help. That I would fail without someone watching over me. These stereotypes and biases propelled me to try harder and dream bigger.  

I went on to complete my undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia and my master’s degree at Simon Fraser University. Being a first-generation university graduate, navigating university was a challenging experience. And, on top of it all, I had to face struggles of cultural identity and belonging that many others did not. But, I was grateful for the indigenous employment opportunities and scholarships that helped me through my post-secondary education. They also helped me jump start my career. Those opportunities opened doors for me that may have otherwise been closed. My experiences have shown me how important these opportunities are to Indigenous students. Having support, scholarships, and any other opportunity can make an extraordinary difference in someone achieving their goals and finding success. It is through these opportunities that I find myself here, with the honour of being your Indigenous Campus Advocate. I hold this role with a deep sense of responsibility, and I am dedicated to supporting Indigenous students at CityU through their journey. I am here to advocate for you, and what you need to be successful during your time at and beyond CityU. My (virtual) door is always open.  

To contact me, email me at:  SchmidtJalissa@CityU.edu 

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