Services

The ISRC offers self-identified Indigenous students (status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) a variety of services to assist them academically and financially. The ISRC also offers the Memorial University community at the St. John’s campus information services.

Indigenous Student Services

Tutoring and Referral Services
Tutoring services are available through the ISRC to all self-Identified Indigenous students, whether you are a first-year having a hard time in math class or a fourth-year looking to boost your GPA in preparation for the next leg of your education journey. We can also assist you in accessing services outside the ISRC through referral to the on-campus units and student support services such as Academic Advising, the Blundon Centre, the Writing Centre, etc. You can also apply to provide tutoring services. At the beginning of each semester the ISRC makes a call for tutors which is open to any student currently enrolled at Memorial.

If you would like to access tutoring, need a referral, or are interested in becoming a tutor please contact the Indigenous Student Success Coordinator, Tama Fost, by emailing tama@mun.ca.

Student Scholarships
Between a part-time job that just doesn’t pay enough and studying for your next exam, hunting down scholarships and staying on top of submission deadlines can end up at the bottom of the priority heap. Fortunately the ISRC has developed an extensive (but not complete!) Scholarship Booklet which lists over 50 internal and external scholarships, bursaries and grants available to Indigenous students.

Don’t think you are quite qualified enough for a scholarship? Apply anyway, there’s always a chance. Plus, it’s a really great skill-building practice, and it helps you keep a current record of your accomplishments and activities ready for the time you hear about a great scholarship six hours before the submission deadline. Always double check your application and the requirements because sometimes something like forgetting a signature to include in your transcript can disqualify you or lose you that one point that would have swung the decision in your favour.

If you require assistance with the scholarship process, please contact the Indigenous Student Success Coordinator, Tama Fost, via email at tama@mun.ca.

Opportunity Sharing
Who knew university could be so busy with so many opportunities!? When it comes to keeping track the ISRC has your back. We keep our ears to the ground and make every effort to share events and opportunities that may be useful or of interest to Indigenous students. This includes ISRC offered programs and services, employment and scholarship opportunities, community and cultural events, conferences, and more!

To stay up to date email us at ISRC@mun.ca to get on our listserv, and follow us on Facebook. If you hear of something you think we should share, please forward it to us.

Photocopier, Computers, and Fax Machine Use
Are your roommates making a racket so you can’t work from home? Waiting for your laptop to dry because the kids spilled something mysterious on it? Drop by the Indigenous Student House and check out our computer lab! Bright and comfortable, it is equipped with seven computers, space to set up a laptop, and a printer/photocopier. We also have a fax machine available. These may be accessed on a drop-in basis; booking ahead is not necessary.

Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee, and Tea
Whether you need a caffeine fix, the chance to relax with a cup of tea, or somewhere to nuke your lunch, the ISRC will improve your on-campus subsistence habits. The Indigenous Student House is equipped with a full kitchen and eating space–a refrigerator and microwave are available for student use, and the coffee and tea are complimentary at all times. This is a communal space, so please do what you can to help keep the kitchen clean.

Study and Work Space
The ISRC Indigenous Student House has multiple work and study spaces available to you. We have a computer lab, a social room, a quiet space and a multipurpose room which may be used by students when they are not being used for scheduled programming. For more information please drop by the ISRC, check out our Indigenous Student House page, or email ISRC@mun.ca.

Convocation Photos and Video
From start to finish the ISRC is here for you on your academic journey–right up to those very last steps crossing the stage at convocation. We celebrate our graduating Indigenous students by providing complimentary convocation photographs as well as a video of the convocation ceremony. For more information please drop by to the ISRC or email ISRC@mun.ca.

University Community Services

Smudging and Kullik/Qullik Lighting
The ISRC administers the delivery of the First Nations Ceremony known as smudging, as well as the Inuit Ceremony of lighting and caring for the Kullik/Qullik. Generally, a staff member of the ISRC, or a student of the ISRC will offer these ceremonies on campus. Please email us at ISRC@mun.ca to submit a smudging or Kullik/Qullik request

Smudging is the lighting of sacred First Nations medicines (such as sage, sweetgrass, cedar, and tobacco, etc.) to purify or cleanse a person and/or place. Typically the medicines are placed in an abalone shell, and the sweet aromas of the medicines are “washed” over the body and the senses.

The lighting and caring of the Kullik/Qullik is an Inuit ceremony wherein a stone lamp with a wick and oil, is lit and slowly burns. Traditionally it was used by women to care for their families (i.e., cooking, drying wet clothes, melting ice, boiling water, etc.); however, now it is utilized as ceremony for a variety of functions.

Blanket Exercise Facilitation
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is an experiential, unique, and participatory history lesson wherein blankets are placed on the ground, participants stand on said blankets, enter the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and are walked through over 500 years of Indigenous histories in Canada. Spanning around 90 minutes, the aim of the KBE is to foster understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. The KBE was developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers, and aims to foster truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation. Please email us at ISRC@mun.ca to submit a request for a Blanket Exercise.

Class, Conference and Panel Participation
Class, conference, and panel participation by the ISRC is contingent upon staff availability, the objective of the session, and the provision of adequate notice. The ISRC may be able to assist you through:

  • Classroom presentations about Indigenous Peoples, cultures and histories.
  • Attending conferences, and providing input through an Indigenous lens.
  • Panel participation which provides valuable Indigenous viewpoints and voices.

Generally, the Indigenous Cultural Education Coordinator oversees these requests; however, the position is currently vacant.

To request a classroom presentation, conference attendance, or panel participation, please contact ISRC@mun.ca.

Contact

Indigenous

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