Services and resources

The University of Ottawa offers many services and resources to Indigenous students to help them succeed in their studies.

Academic and Essentials Services

This website has information on everything you'll need to do throughout your studies, from choosing a program to getting your diploma. Some of these academic essentials are offered at the undergraduate level only. Check out the Undergraduate Student Guide.

On campus

Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC)

The ARC provides support and tools to meet the personal, professional, and academic needs of all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. Whether you are looking for a study space for midterms and exams, need access to a computer for your research paper, or are looking to meet other Indigenous students on campus, be sure to stop by the ARC throughout the academic year.

Career Development Centre (CDC)

How can the CDC support me as an Indigenous student?

The Career Development Centre offers various career services and resources to help students and recent alumni identify and enhance their job skills.

I’m ready to apply for a position. What’s next?

Once you’ve identified a job that is right for you, you need to send in your application. Building a solid resume and writing a cover letter are crucial to getting noticed and being interviewed by your future employer. The CDC’s Job search tools page is very useful; it provides great advice and examples. The CDC also hosts a biweekly drop-in Resume Working Group.

Take the guesswork out of nailing your job interview! Review the best interview tips or even book a mock interview to practice your interview skills with a professional.

We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we’re going. And get the job done

- Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee)

Community Legal Clinic

The Clinic provides legal services to the Ottawa community. Staffed by lawyers and law students, the Clinic provides public legal education, legal advice, and representation at court for a variety of criminal, family and tenant-related matters. It also assist women who have been victims of violence in obtaining compensation.

Community Life Service (CLS)

The CLS organizes a wide range of activities and events throughout the entire academic year. From the Welcome Week to the summer outdoor yoga, the CLS creates unforgettable memories for all students. Don't miss the Snow Festival, the Francophonie month and the Poutine Festival!

CO-OP: A world of opportunities

How can I enhance my degree with practical work experience?

The co-operative education program at the University of Ottawa allows you to apply concepts learned in class during paid work terms. The program provides you with approximately 16 months of experience in your field of study, allowing you to build a network of valuable contacts, and is noted on your degree, all of which can greatly help you find a job more easily after graduation.

Top five reasons to join a CO-OP program:

  1. Gain valuable paid work experience in your field of study
  2. Develop professional skills and gain a better understanding of the workplace
  3. Discover what kind of career fits you best through different job opportunities
  4. Build a network of key people and community leaders in the job market to help you land a job in your field after graduation
  5. Experience working in placements in your home community, or in cities and regions across Canada and even the world!

How does it work?

Preparing for summer CO-OP placements - at a glance:

Fall of second year*
Preparation session
Winter of second year*
Job search session
Summer of second year*
Work term session
Apply for CO-OP (before September 30*) Apply for jobs in the CO-OP Navigator Set work term objectives
Receive admission decision in mid-October Attend interviews with employers. Participate in mid-term evaluation
Attend mandatory workshops Receive notice when you are matched with an employer. Write and submit final report

* For most programs

Food Services

The Food Services offers all University-community members with 23 locations on campus where they can enjoy great meals. Check out the meal plans and choose between coffee shops, food trucks, restaurants and much more! Don't forget to come by the new 24/7 Dining Hall!

French Immersion Studies

Students enrolled in French Immersion study partially in French while earning their undergraduate degree. It is offered in over 80 programs in both the Humanities and Science. French immersion students have access to a wide variety of resources on campus, including a dedicated mentoring centre and French writing help, and numerous opportunities to take French outside the classroom in the National Capital Region and beyond.

Housing Service

The Housing Service manages various residences on campus where students can live during the school year for a fee. Housing Service also offers short-term accommodation and off-campus housing information and tips. Learn more about the procedures to apply for residence.

Human Rights Office (HRO)

The HRO provides leadership in the creation, implementation and evaluation of policies, procedures and practices on diversity, inclusion, equity, accessibility and the prevention of harassment and discrimination.

International Office Exchange Program

The International Office offers advice and support to faculty members and students, from the University of Ottawa and from international institutions, on all international placements. The Office helps coordinate student mobility, establish exchange agreements, build international partnerships and host international delegations.

Library

The Library offers students and faculty members various services and resources. Jennifer Haire, the librarian responsible for Aboriginal studies, supports all Indigenous students, faculty and staff on their research journey. She also provides research support to non-Indigenous persons affiliated with the University who have an interest in this subject area. She assists students and professors with their research needs and offers in-class seminars on library research skills. She visits the Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) every Wednesday afternoon to provide library research assistance.

Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement (MJCGCE)

The MJCGCE offers numerous volunteering opportunities to students in the community or the world. Enrich your resume with a Co-curricular Record and your life with lots of exciting experiences!

Parking and Sustainable Transportation

The Parking and Sustainable Transportation Division strives to offer professional and outstanding quality service by responding to parking requests from the university community, while assuring an environment that is safe for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike. Furthermore, the division offers support to security guards by intervening in a variety of situations and incidents. This division also encompasses the Transportation Demand Management program, an initiative engaged in developing sustainable transportation, including a free shuttle bus.

Sports Services

The Sports Services offers a variety of services and programs designed to foster an healthy and active campus. Amongst other things, you can use their facilities like the fitness centres, pool and ice rinks, take some classes (zumba, yoga, piloxing and many more), join an intramural league and take part in other activities. If you're a sports fan, you can also support one of our teams!

Student Academic Success Service (SASS)

The SASS is a free network of services and programs designed to support all students throughout their academic career. Their services include:

How can SASS support me as an Indigenous student?

SASS acknowledges that students may experience feelings of isolation or other stressors when attending the University. SASS can help you in many ways, as shown in the following common examples:

I’m feeling stressed and anxious about leaving my family and community.

If you come from a rural or remote community, leaving your family and home can be difficult. Moving to Ottawa to pursue higher education is a big step that can be isolating. SASS can help you adjust to university life, and to studying and living in Ottawa.

Elder-in-residence Morning Star is available Mondays and Thursdays at the Aboriginal Resource Centre on campus (located at 1 Stewart), to promote emotional, spiritual, physical and mental well-being for Indigenous students.

If you are registered at the University and have paid tuition for at least one academic session, you can call counsellors at the Counselling and Coaching Service on campus to make a free appointment. These counsellors can help you work through a variety of personal or academic issues that may be troubling you.

You can also learn more about stress and how to prevent and manage it on the SASS’ Stress Management page.

You've just got to believe in the spirit. You've got to believe that it's going to be okay. And even if it isn't, you've got to believe that it was the right thing to do to stand up even if you don't make it...You've got to know how much you're prepared to sacrifice.

- Cindy Blackstock (Gitxsan), 2013

I’m not sure where to begin when writing an academic paper.

Don’t fret! Many students come to university without ever having written an academic paper. Fortunately, there are many services and resources to help you through the academic writing process.

You can book up to three, 45-minute appointments per week with a writing advisor at the Academic Writing Help Centre (AWHC). Although these professionals are not allowed to correct, edit, or proofread your paper, writing advisors can provide you with excellent writing techniques and strategies to help you at any stage of the writing process. If you have any questions about booking an appointment at the AWHC, contact Bruno Cyr.

Sometimes, all you need is a little help to get you moving in the right direction. The AWHC also offers online handouts on the writing process, the structure of a paper, and the different types of papers, as well as information on references and grammar.

Furthermore, Aboriginal Studies librarian Jennifer Haire is available to assist you with any research needs relating to Indigenous peoples. Be sure to explore the online guide for Aboriginal Studies for research on ways of learning, methodologies, terminology, and so much more!

The process of gaining knowledge (what we call ‘education’) is a radical action, an act of defiance against conventional reality. Education, in this sense, defines a warrior.

- Taiaiake Alfred (Mohawk), 2005

I’m feeling disconnected from my Indigenous identity and community.

When choosing your future university, it is important to consider the cultural support and resources available to you because your educational experience should include more than academic achievements.

At the University of Ottawa, you are surrounded by an active urban Indigenous community filled with opportunities and events that celebrate and explore First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures and identities from across Canada. The Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) offers social and cultural events throughout the year.

Feel free to explore the Indigenous community in Ottawa (see Off-Campus Resources).

We are resilient as a weed and beautiful as a wildflower. We have much to celebrate and be proud of.

- Christi Belcourt (Métis), 2003

I’m ready for a summer job/full-time job. Where do I start?

You have access to one of Canada’s well-recognized bilingual databases to facilitate your career advancement. Explore your job options and take advantage of all the different ways to find what you are looking for (websites, fairs, presentations, etc.). There are also career fairs throughout the school year so that students can take advantage of networking opportunities.

Finding a career in which you use your university degree and professional skills is important. Take advantage of the free career services offered to students and recent alumni.

Are you unsure about what you’re looking for or what you are good at? Check out the Career Counselling Service, which offers a variety of programs for students, including psychometric assessments and many practical reference guides, or check the What can I do with my studies? page.

The best way you can honour the residential school survivors is to go out and make the most of the opportunities they never had. So long as you can do it in a way that is consistent with our cultures, your personal success is the best form of reconciliation.

- Wab Kinew (Ojibway), 2015

University of Ottawa Card Service

The uOttawa Card Service provides you with your own uOttawa card and helps you manage your account. This card if your official student identification and can be use in various locations on campus. Whether you are a new student or you have lost your card, the uOttawa Card Service will help you.

University of Ottawa Health Services (UOHS)

The UOHS offers a primary healthcare clinic for students and the Ottawa community; individuals can see a healthcare professional through the walk-in clinic on campus, or by registering with a family doctor.

Off-Campus

For off-campus resources and opportunities in the community, see the Community and Opportunities section.

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