Highlighted Aboriginal Initiatives


  • Creation of the President's Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Affairs

This internal committee will provide advice and support related to academic programming, student support services and public engagement. It includes representatives from the Labrador Institute, Grenfell Campus, Marine Institute and the St. John’s campus.


  • Designated seats for qualified Aboriginal students have been established in a number of programs across Memorial University:

Faculty of Business Administration (3)
Faculty of Education (3)
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (3)
Faculty of Medicine (3)
School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (3)
School of Music (1)
School of Nursing (3 seats in the B.N. (Collaborative) four year program)
School of Pharmacy (1)
School of Social Work (minimum of 3 seats and up to 5% of seats in the B.S.W. as a First Degree program, minimum of 1 seat and up to 5% of seats in the B.S.W. as a Second Degree program, 10% of seats/year for M.S.W. program)
Marine Institute (5)
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Grenfell Campus (2)
Master of Arts in Environmental Policy, Grenfell Campus (1)

Each program has established their own procedure for filling their designated seat(s) and applicants are encouraged to consult the University Calendar or the applicable unit for clarification. Students must meet minimum admission requirements to be accepted through the Designated Seats Program and these seats are protected by the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission.


  • Scholarships for Aboriginal students attending Memorial University:

The Dr. Evan Simpson Aboriginal Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship
The University will award up to four entrance scholarships valued at $1,000 each to Aboriginal residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. Eligible students must be in scholarship standing, have not received another University-administered entrance scholarship of equal or greater value, be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland and provide confirmation of their Aboriginal status.

Faculty of Business Administration Aboriginal Scholarship
A scholarship valued at $500 will be awarded to an Aboriginal resident of Newfoundland and Labrador in the Faculty of Business Administration. Eligible students must be in scholarship standing, be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland and provide confirmation of their Aboriginal status.


  • The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) has established an Aboriginal Student Recruitment Fund to support Aboriginal students in graduate programs. SGS will offer additional fellowship funding ($5000 per annum) to academic units recommending admission for Aboriginal graduate students.


  • The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) has endorsed a new doctoral degree pathway which is intended to increase participation rates of Aboriginal students in graduate programs. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is the first unit to pilot the pathway concept.


  • The Labrador Institute and the Faculty of Education of Memorial University have partnered to enable the creation of a Community Based Teacher Education program focused on primary/elementary teacher education in an Aboriginal and Northern context. Working with the Nunatsiavut Government (NG), the College of the North Atlantic and the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, Memorial University has developed a program route including an Inuttitut language component, coastal community practicums, and a First Year Success component. The program began in 2014 and is located in the Labrador community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. For further information please refer to the brochure: Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) for Nunatsiavut                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • MOU with the St. John's Native Friendship Centre to facilitate joint activities with Memorial's Aboriginal Resource Office (ARO) and other initiatives.


  • Establishment of an Aboriginal Resource Centre at the Grenfell Campus.


  • Hiring of a Student Affairs Officer-Aboriginal Affairs on the Grenfell Campus.


  • The positions of Manager and Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Success at the Aboriginal Resource Office (ARO) on the St. John's Campus have been made permanent. An Aboriginal Cultural Education Coordinator has also been hired.


  • Establishment of the GCSU Indigenous Student Caucus on the Grenfell Campus.


Other initiatives will be posted as they are implemented.



Aboriginal Affairs

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000