Community and opportunities

A campus full of life

Indigenous Education Council (IEC)

The Indigenous Education Council acts as a link between the University of Ottawa and specific Indigenous groups and communities to foster partnerships, to support the enrolment, retention and academic success of Indigenous students, and recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff.

Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA)

The ILSA aims to serve the interests of Indigenous Law students and plans regular informal gatherings as well as more academic events at the University of Ottawa.

Indigenous Students Association (ISA)

The ISA is a group of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students who strive to foster a sense of belonging and community here at the University of Ottawa.

Graduate Students Association of the University of Ottawa (GSAÉD)

The GSAED proudly represents 6,000 University of Ottawa graduate students. The Graduate Students' Association is the instrument of graduate student action at the University of Ottawa.

The Infinite Reach

Métis Student Solidarity Network

Future Further

A dedicated resource that provides information on supports and services to Aboriginal students interested in, or already attending an Ontario university.

A vibrant city and community

Indigenous communities

Algonquin Community

The Algonquin community and broader Indigenous community organizations of Ottawa have a lot to offer! Discover how you can take part in the community life and find out more about our local Indigenous communities.

Inuit Community

The Inuit community of Ottawa has a lot to offer. Visit the following community organization links to learn more:

Métis Nation of Ontario-Ottawa Community

The Métis Nation of Ontario has a vibrant Métis community council in Ottawa. MNO Ottawa Region Métis Council will often host celebrations and events such as Louis Riel Day, Powley Day, etc. For more information on how to get involved with the Ottawa Métis council, contact:

Benny Michaud, President
419-140 Mann Avenue
Ottawa, ON  K1N 1E5
Telephone: 613-859-9969

Haudenosaunee Community

The Haudenosaunee community of Ottawa has a lot to offer. Visit the following community organization links to learn more:

National Indigenous organizations
Universities and colleges
Cultural and community programming

Odawa Native Friendship Centre

This non-profit organization serves the Aboriginal community in the Ottawa-Carleton area of Eastern Ontario and surrounding communities. The Centre offers a variety of programs and services ranging from cultural and traditional teachings with Elders to an Aboriginal volleyball league and a women’s drum group. Join them for free Ojibway language classes, yoga, zumba, jiu-jitsu, or to learn more about what it takes to start a business!

Also check out their Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program calendar to view their fitness activities!

Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre

This centre offers cultural, educational, recreational, and social support for Inuit children, youth, and their families. Volunteer today!

Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth

Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth is an Ottawa-based transitional home for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, aged 16 to 29. It provides a safe, culture-oriented environment where women can celebrate their traditions and acquire skills that will help them in life. This organization offers a wide range of programs and services, including cultural programs, financial planning, outreach support, counseling, assistance finding permanent housing and more.

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

This centre provides a combination of traditional healing, primary care, cultural programs, health promotion programs, community development initiatives, and social support services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Join them for free fitness classes (yoga, zumba, bootcamp, boxfit, liquid gym, etc.), cultural and educational workshops, or to learn how to cook healthy and budget-friendly meals!

Also check out their monthly fitness activities!

Volunteer, employment, and student placements

AFOA Canada

This non-profit association was created in 1999 to help Aboriginal people better manage and govern their communities and organizations by focussing on enhancing financial and management practices and skills. If you would like to be connected to the network of Canada’s Aboriginal financial and management professionals, be sure to inquire about a Student Membership (fees apply).

Kagita Mikam: Aboriginal Training and Services

This organization provides support to Aboriginal people seeking employment and assists in skill development to gain employment. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook for the latest employment opportunities for Aboriginal students and professionals!

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO)

This organization was founded in 1993 to represent the collective aspirations, rights and interests of Métis people and communities throughout Ontario. The MNO offers a variety of programs and services designed to support Métis people. Check out the renowned Infinite Reach Student Solidarity Network for on-campus and off-campus Métis events and questions about post-secondary education from a Métis student at various post-secondary schools across the province. You can also find a facilitator near you.

Check out their job board and employment links!

Contact Information

MNO-OTTAWA Head Office
500D Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON  K1N 9G4

Branch staff in this office:

  • Communications
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Healing and Wellness
  • Human Resources
  • Information and Communications Technology

Registry: 1-855-798-1006 or 613-798-1008

Minwaashin Lodge

This centre provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic abuse and other forms of violence.

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

This association works to advance the wellbeing of Indigenous women and girls, as well as their families and communities, through activism, policy analysis and advocacy. Check out their volunteer opportunities!

Like them on Facebook to check out career opportunities for Indigenous women!

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