Indigenous University Bridging Program

Indigenous University Bridging Program

Iniskim Centre is excited to welcome students back to campus.

The Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In-person or online appointments are available. To set up an appointment for the Indigenous University Bridging Program, please contact Tori McMillan or Christy Lowrance.


The Indigenous University Bridging Program is a university preparation program for students of Indigenous ancestry. It's designed to meet the needs of Indigenous students who are preparing to pursue post-secondary education.

The program 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 that enhances the educational experience of Indigenous peoples
  • To enhance cross-cultural understanding within an institutional setting
  • To provide a positive learning environment that promotes success


For detailed descriptions of the courses offered, please see the Mount Royal University course listings.


Fall applications
Accepted between February 1 and June 1.

Winter applications
Accepted between September 15 and December 1.


1. Self-identify as having Indigenous ancestry.

2. Successful completion of grade 9/10 or better through high school or upgrading programs.

How to apply

Step 1: Watch the information slideshow or attend an information session (see dates below).

  • Choose one of the following dates to attend an information session:
Winter 2022 — Information Sessions
Date Time Google Meet
September 17, 2021 1 to 3 p.m. Complete.
October 1, 2021 1 to 3 p.m. Complete.
October 15, 2021 1 to 3 p.m. Complete.
November 5, 2021 1 to 3 p.m. Attend here.
November 26, 2021 1 to 3 p.m. Attend here.
Fall 2022 — Information Sessions are coming soon.

Step 2: Complete the Indigenous University Bridging Program application.

Step 3: Submit the application along with your most recent transcript (high school and/or post-secondary). Contact information is found at the bottom of this page. Students meeting the criteria will be sent a letter of acceptance and an academic plan.

Step 4: Use the acceptance letter to secure funding.

Step 5: Register for classes.

*NOTE: Enrolment to this program is limited and final admission is based on the above criteria, as well as available seats.

Other Information

There are no fees for applying to the Indigenous University Bridging Program.

Contact us

Tori McMillan
Administrator, Indigenous University Bridging Program
403.440.6020  |

Christy Lowrance

Program Assistant, Indigenous University Bridging Program 
403.440.5040  |

Iniskim Centre


The Iniskim Centre offers programs and services to increase the engagement and success of Indigenous students while also raising awareness of Indigenous peoples and cultures. 

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Îyârhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Mohkinstsis, which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

We recognize and respect the diversity of all Indigenous peoples of Canada. We also increase awareness of distinct Indigenous cultures, history and protocols across the University.