Identification is a voluntary and confidential online process by which you identify yourself as an Indigenous student at the University of Ottawa. No proof of ancestry is required.

The identification process has no impact on admissions or applications to scholarships and bursaries. The identification process will put you on a mailing list to receive information pertinent to Indigenous students. Students cannot use their placement on the identification list for any benefits, such as a means to enter programming as a part of an admissions process or receive bursaries or scholarships. 

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How do I declare?

In order to declare, you may indicate your Indigenous identity in your OUAC application. Once you have declared, you will be sent information about programs and services that are especially designed for Indigenous students. You may also identify once you arrive at uOttawa, as you will receive an email inviting you to register with Mashkawazìwogamig: Indigenous Resource Centre. This will place you on an email list to receive information about job opportunities, scholarships and bursaries, activities on campus and in Ottawa, updates, and pertinent information. 
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This academic regulation is specifically for students that want to apply for reserved seats in faculties as a part of the admission cycle and/or apply for bursaries and scholarships reserved for first Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. There is criteria associated with this academic regulation and students applying to any of the reserve seats, scholarships, or bursaries must provide the information requested in order to be considered for admissions. 

If you do not meet the criteria for reserved seats, you may still apply in the program in the general stream and identify with the University to receive communications regarding Indigenous students at the University of Ottawa. 

The academic regulation applies only to reserved seats for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in the following faculties: Faculty of Education, Faculty of Medicine, School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Faculty of Law, Common Law Section and Civil Law Section. Please visit these faculties’ websites for admissions policies. 

Learn more about this academic regulation (PDF 211 KB).