Indigenous Student Services
NorQuest College provides learners with a complete education that attempts to balance strong academic foundations with Indigenous culture. Our inclusive approach supports the diversity of our learner population, preparing graduates for work in a wide range of environments, including Indigenous communities.
We have an extensive network of services tailored specifically to the needs of Indigenous learners, including Indigenous Student Support Services and Elder support.
Indigenous Student Advisor
Available two afternoons a week for one-on-one appointments with students who need help with any of the following:
- Identifying Indigenous funding options
- Providing career planning and educational guidance to Band Funded Students
- Liaising with bands in the provision of student support and service management
- Connecting with instructors, counsellors, admissions personnel, and agencies
- Supervision of Elder Program
Note: Student Advisors are available Monday – Friday from 8:15 to 4:30 to assist Indigenous students.
Indigenous Student Funding
Qualified Indigenous students may be eligible for additional grants or loans. Other sources of funding may be available through your band education counsellor or Indigenous funding agencies. For further information, contact NorQuest College's student advisor for Indigenous students.
Indigenous student funding can include:
- student grant funding
- student loan funding
- Band funding
- Bill C-31 funding
- Métis funding
Indigenous Educational Counsellor
The Indigenous educational counsellor assists Indigenous students to cope more effectively with personal, financial, career, and academic issues. The counsellor works closely with the Elders, Indigenous programs, and Indigenous Student Support Services at NorQuest College to address the unique challenges that may hinder the success of Indigenous students.
Elder support is available to provide spiritual and cultural guidance. Indigenous students are encouraged to meet with an Elder for counselling, spiritual guidance, and healing circles.
Edmonton Main Campus: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Indigenous Ceremonial Room
NorQuest’s Indigenous Ceremonial Room provides a multi-purpose facility for Indigenous students. Located in Room 618 of the main building at the downtown campus, the Ceremonial Room is used for formal ceremonies, counselling sessions with an Elder, and as a social gathering place.
RBC Indigenous Mentorship Program
Indigenous mentors create a support system from within an Indigenous framework to develop a sense of belonging and enhance the learning experience of Indigenous students attending NorQuest College. Learn more about the RBC Indigenous Mentorship Program and how to get involved.