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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

    Designated seats for qualified Aboriginal students have been established in a number of programs across Memorial University:

    Faculty of Business Administration (3), Faculty of Education (3), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (3), Faculty of Medicine (3), School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (3), School of Nursing (3), School of Social Work (3), Marine Institute (5), Division of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Grenfell Campus (2), Master of Arts in Environmental Policy, Grenfell Campus (1).

    Each program has established their own procedure for filling their designated seat(s) and applicants are encouraged to consult the University Calendar or the applicable unit for clarification. Students must meet minimum admission requirements to be accepted through the Designated Seats Program and these seats are protected by the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission.

    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

      Memorial University is pursuing a number of goals in response to “A Special Obligation,” the report of a 2009 Presidential Task Force on Aboriginal Initiatives. The Office the Special Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs coordinates this work in collaboration with other University offices and personnel.


        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; 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, ARO is responsible for providing support services for Aboriginal students.


            Important Contacts at Memorial

            Sheila Freake - Coordinator, ARO: sheilafreake (at)

            Sonya Clarke-Casey - Aboriginal Liaison Officer,  ARO: s06secc (at)

            Catharyn Andersen - Special Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs: catharyn.andersen (at)

            Susan Kennedy - Administrative Staff specialist - Aboriginal Affairs Office: susan.kennedy (at)


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