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Aboriginal Resource Office

The Aboriginal Resource Office (ARO) is responsible for providing support services to Aboriginal students. The office also works to advocate and educate the general university population regarding inclusion of our unique Aboriginal peoples found within our province.

With assistance from the Aboriginal Liaison Officer, the Aboriginal Resource Coordinator is entrusted to assist Aboriginal students in adapting to an academic and urban environment. ARO strives to offer programs and services to create a welcoming community for all Aboriginal students. ARO also provides information to potential students on accessing funding through a wide variety of Aboriginal groups, scholarships and other potential sources of funding.

Aboriginal students have access to a student lounge, two computers, photocopier, telephone for local calls, used textbooks and other resources. The common student area is a place for students to relax in a peaceful environment with other Aboriginal students who share similar backgrounds.

The Aboriginal Resource Office has organized Aboriginal Orientation for new students over the last number of years, providing an introduction to the university environment that both highlights the resources focusing on Aboriginal student needs, as well as integration into mainstream student orientation.

Location                                               Office Hours
UC – 4003 & UC - 4004                          Monday - Friday
St. John’s, NL                                        9:00 – 5:00
A1C 5S7                                                                                           


Shelia Freake, Coordinator of the Aboriginal Resource Office
Phone: (709) 864-3495/2118
Fax: (709) 864-7601

Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Phone: (709) 864-8278
Fax: (709) 864-7601