About us

Welcome to the Indigenous Resource Centre!

The University of Ottawa’s main campus is built upon the ancestral lands of the Algonquin Nation. The creation of the Indigenous Resource Centre (IRC) in 1997 (it used to be the Aboriginal Resource Centre) marked the beginning of a new relationship between the University of Ottawa and Indigenous learners. The IRCworks closely with all university faculties and services to develop initiatives that support and benefit First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.

Indigenous students at the ARC

We provide services that support your classroom, career and personal needs in a manner consistent with Indigenous culture and values. We also promote strong working relationships with government agencies, as well as with Indigenous communities and organizations to enrich your student experience. As supported by the University of Ottawa’s Strategic Plan Destination 2020, our priority is to enhance our recruitment efforts of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, and provide the necessary support to ensure their success at the University of Ottawa.

Students that self-identify as First Nation, Inuit, or Metis can register with us in person to access our resources and services. This way we can add you to our mailing list to receive special announcements of events, job postings, reminders of scholarship deadlines, and many other opportunities. While we welcome walk-ins, appointments can be made either in person, by phone, or email.

Our mandate

Build a culturally sensitive and welcoming climate for Indigenous students and provide services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to support their classroom, career and personal goals in a manner consistent with their culture and values.

The IRC team is constituted of

  • an Coordinator who is the link between the University and Indigenous populations in Ottawa, urban organizations and First Nations communities, recruitment of Indigenous students and retention;
  • an Elder-in-residence who functions as a great resource to ensure and promote emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness of Indigenous learners at the University of Ottawa;
  • a Director of Indigenous Affairs who aims to improve university experience, to ensure better integration between study programs and services, and to increase the participation and involvement of Indigenous communities.

Principles on Indigenous Education

In light of the recent findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Universities Canada, representing 97 universities across Canada, released its Principles on Indigenous Education. This announcement is a commitment to support the findings of the TRC, close the education gap, and strengthen the Indigenous student experience throughout the academic process.

Universities Canada Principles on Indigenous Education can be found here.

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