Aboriginal Education Program

Aboriginal Education Program

Iniskim AEP Webpage About the Aboriginal Education ProgramThe 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.

The AEP offers three levels of study designed for students requiring advanced upgrading with a concentration in math and English. These core subjects are supplemented with Indigenous cultural courses, university preparation courses and post-secondary arts and science courses. All levels are supported by tutorial services, academic and personal advising, social events and visits from community members.


  • To help meet the educational needs of Indigenous peoples
  • To promote a culturally appropriate educational program which enhances the educational experience of Indigenous peoples
  • To enhance cross-cultural understanding within an institutional setting
  • To provide a positive learning environment which promotes success


For detailed descriptions on the courses offered, please see the Mount Royal University Course Listings.

Admission Criteria

  1. Self-identify as having Aboriginal ancestry
  2. Successful completion of grade 9/10 or better through high school or upgrading programs, and/or
  3. Successful completion of the University Placement Tests in Math and English

The Fall 2018 intake for the Aboriginal Education Program is now closed.

* Please note that enrollment in this program is limited and final admission is based on the above criteria as well as available seats.

How to apply

Step 1: Bring your Detailed Academic Report (DAR) or unofficial high school transcript and complete an AEP application during the information session

Step 2: Write placement test(s)

Step 3: Use acceptance letter to secure funding

Step 4: Register into classes

Step 5: Attend Aboriginal Education Program (AEP) orientation

Information SessionsInformation sessions for Fall 2019 semester are as follows:

  •         March 8, 2019       
  •         March 29, 2019
  •         April 26, 2019
  •         May 10, 2019
  •         May 24, 2019

All sessions begin promptly at 1:00 pm.  You will meet at the Iniskim centre (room T110).  You do not need to register for the session and there is no fee, however, if you are late you will not be admitted and will be asked to return on another day.

Placement tests for Fall 2019 semester are as follows:

  • March 11, 2019
  • April1, 2019
  • April 29, 2019
  • May 13, 2019
  • May 27, 2019

All testing begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.  You will meet at the Iniskim Centre (room T110).  You may not attend a testing session without first attending and applying to the AEP at one of our information sessions.  If you arrive late you will not be admitted and will be asked to return on another day. 

You do not have to register for either the information session or the placement test.  There are no fees required.  Please arrive early.

Contact USFor more information, please contact:

Iniskim Centre
t. 403.440.5596
e. iniskimcentre@mtroyal.ca

"The Aboriginal Education Program takes a holistic approach to creating a supportive environment where students can build the confidence to set and attain personal, educational and career goals.  It strives to provide a quality educational journey and honours the contributions of Aboriginal knowledge, traditions and values.  The program's goal is to build and sustain strong relationships between students, staff and instructors, and to utilize available resources."
In 1990, under the direction of the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee, a research study was conducted concerning the state of Aboriginal education in the City of Calgary.  Recommendations were made for adult upgrading and post-secondary access to education, and used by Native Employment Transitional Services to develop a program proposal.

 The task force members established a partnership agreement with the Faculty of continuing Education and Extension at Mount Royal College to deliver a College/University Preparation/Post-secondary Access program.  The final proposal was submitted to the provincial and federal government and in January of 1993, the Aboriginal Education Program opened the doors to the College Preparation Program.

 The original task force continues to be a key resource for community consultation and the establishment of the program directives.  In January of 1994, the participants in this group formed the Calgary Aboriginal Education Centre Society and evolved into the Circle of Advisors for the program.
The Iniskim Centre is an academic support centre offering First Nations, Métis and Inuit students opportunities to enroll and succeed in Mount Royal University Programs.  Mount Royal University is located on the traditional lands of the Blackfoot people, the Niisitapi.  The Iniskim Centre recognizes and respects the diversity of all Indigenous peoples of Canada.  The Centre also increases the awareness of distinct Indigenous cultures, history and protocols across the University. We are located in T110, on the first floor in T-Wing near Tim Hortons.


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