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Funding Opportunities

Memorial University's Aboriginal Resource Office offers the Dr. Evan Simpson Aboriginal Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship.  Memorial will award up to four entrance scholarships valued at $1,000 each to Aboriginal residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.

To find out more about scholarships that are available to Aboriginal students, check out Memorial's Aboriginal Student Scholarship Handbook.

Aboriginal students are aligible to apply for a number of national bursaries.  Have a look at the National Aboriginal Bursaries search tool.

Another potential funding opportunity is the national charity, Indspire.  Run by CEO, Roberta Jamieson, Indspire is the largest supporter of Indigenous eduation outside of the federal government, having awarded more than $49 million in scholarships and bursaries to First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students.


    Memorial's Programs and Services

    Memorial's designated seats program, the most comprehensive program of its kind in Canada, reserves between 1 and 3 seats for Aboriginal students in a number of degree programs at Memorial. This program includes seats in: Human Kinetics and Recreation (undergraduate programs of Phys. Ed., Kinetics, Recreation and the M.P.E.); all undergraduate programs in Education; Medicine (MD and the M.P.H.): Nursing (undergraduate plus M.Nurs.Practitioner); Social Work (undergraduate); Business (IBBA, BBA, B Comm, MBA); Visual Arts; M.A. in Environmental Policy; Engineering (undergraduate); and all MI programs - plus a rotating seat available according to need.

    The Labrador Institute of MUN, an institution committed to ensuring that Memorial's presence is felt in Labrador.  This is accomplished particularly through prgramming, research, community outreach, and collaboration.

    Kullik-lighting and Smudging are seen as important Indigenous practices at Memorial University. The University's policy on Kullik-lighting and Smudging went into effect on July 4th, 2013 and is based on Memorial's procedure for these practices. Both Memorial's St. John's and Grenfell campuses have designated sites for Kullik-lighting and smudging.


      Aboriginal Affairs

      Aboriginal Affairs at Memorial highlights the university's Aboriginal initiatives and activities.  In 2011, Memorial appointed for the first time a Special Advisor to the President of Aboriginal Affairs, Dr. Maura Hanrahan.  Dr. Hanrahan's responsibilities include: developing a culturally safe environment for the Aboriginal members of Memorial's community; improving the university's relations with the province's indigenous governments and organizations; and implementing the report of the 2009 Presidential Task Force on Aboriginal Initiatives at Memorial. 


        Aboriginal Student Handbook

        The Aboriginal Resource Office at Memorial has created an Aboriginal Student Handbook for Aboriginal students on the St. John's campus.  This handbook contains information about: ARO; support systems available at Memorial; emergency and medical contacts; student life at Memorial; clubs and societies; the Labrador Institute; the Nunatsiavut Government Post-Secondary Student Support Program; organizations and resources in the community; and much more.


          Aboriginal Resource Office

          The Aboriginal Resource Office (ARO) at Memorial University is located in the University Centre (UC 4003).  Run by Sheila Freake and Valeri Pilgrim, ARO is responsible for providing support services for Aboriginal students.


            Important Contacts at Memorial

            Sheila Freake - Coordinator, ARO: sheilafreake (at)

            Valeri Pilgrim - Aboriginal Liaison Officer, ARO: vpilgrim (at)

            Dr. Maura Hanrahan - Special Advisor to the President for Aboriginal Affairs: mhanrahan (at)

            Amy Hudson - Aboriginal Affairs Office: ahudson (at)


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