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The work of indigenization and decolonization at Mount Royal University bears importance for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students across campus. The five goals of Mount Royal’s Indigenous Strategic Plan indicate the numerous steps we are taking to foster a respectful and inclusive learning environment, and to establish and sustain support services and resources for current and prospective Indigenous students.Student Supports
Indigenous Recruitment Officer
Recruitment areas: Morley School, Tsuu T'ina School, FNMI Communities and Schools, Treaty 6, 7, 8
Available for school visits to schools with Indigenous students.
Aboriginal Education Program
The Aboriginal Education Program (AEP) is a University/College preparation program for students of Indigenous ancestry. The program is designed to meet the needs of Indigenous students who are preparing to pursue a post-secondary education. Click here to learn more.
Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program
The Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP) provides a comprehensive support system while students prepare for a variety of exciting careers in science and technology. ASTEP fosters a supportive learning model for Indigenous students preparing for, and studying in, the Bachelor of Science (BSc) or the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS) degree programs at Mount Royal. Click here to learn more.
Medicine Trail Program
The Medicine Trail Program provides cultural support to staff and students of the Iniskim Centre and throughout Mount Royal University Campus. Students can visit the coordinator and be a part of small and large group cultural teachings. Students may also see the coordinator for support and guidance. The Iniskim Centre offers students a place and the resources to smudge each morning and hosts various ceremonies throughout the year. Click here to learn more.
Indigenous Housing Program
Students can apply to the Indigenous Housing Program as a student who has self-identified as a First Nations, Métis, Non-status or Inuit. They will be eligible for a subsidy on their residence, whether it is a single unit, family unit or an accessible unit. If students are accepted into the program the coordinator will help them to connect to campus resources, to be a part of the community, and to provide advice and support. Click here to learn more.
BMO Peer Mentorship Program
Through sharing of cultural tradition and values, the BMO Aboriginal Peer Mentorship Program provides peer-to-peer mentorship experiences for Indigenous students at Mount Royal University. Recognizing the importance of supporting students as they transition into university, this program empowers both the mentor and mentee to establish relationships and hone their academic skills through education, culture, community and wellness. Click here to learn more.
Student Success Program
The student success coordinator contacts students if they are failing or put on academic probation. Students are invited to seek the support of the Iniskim Centre and to review options. The coordinator also helps students with scholarship and bursaries by providing workshops with information and how to apply. The coordinator helps students to know about MRU policies and can support with the communication between them and funding agents. The coordinator can also help with the communication between students and their instructors. Click here to learn more.
Indigenous Academic Opportunities
Indigenous Studies program
Learn about the cultures and histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and around the world through the Indigenous Studies program. From Indigenous nationhood to the arrival of settler societies and more recent efforts towards decolonization, these courses will explore Indigenous ways of knowing, and examine events, past and present, from Indigenous perspectives.
Indigenous field schools
One strategy under Goal 5 of Mount Royal’s Indigenous Strategic Plan is to “increase the number and diversity of Indigenous field schools, including field schools for faculty and administrators as a form of professional development.” Learning in place, from the communities on whose lands we live, is a critical part of academic indigenization. Place-based learning opportunities allow learners to engage with community elders, local scholars and knowledge keepers, and to participate in service learning that can benefit the communities from whom they learn.
Mount Royal currently offers three field school opportunities: the Treaty 7 Field Course, the Environmental Reconciliation and Indigenous Studies field course with the Iyarhe (Stoney) Nakoda First Nation, and the Indigenous Hawai’i Field School.
- Treaty 7 Field Course
- Environmental Reconciliation and Indigenous Studies Field Course
- Indigenous Hawai’i Field School
Transition Year Program and dual credit
Among the strategies we are undertaking to reach Goal 5 of Mount Royal’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, the University is working to create new pathways to Mount Royal degree programs for Indigenous students seeking admission. This includes developing an Indigenous Transition Year Program (first-year university-level coursework) that will lead to Mount Royal degrees, and launching dual credit initiatives with Indigenous high school students to provide learners with advance credit and build confidence for university study.
Initial research and planning for these programs is underway.