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Saint Paul University’s Indigenous Initiatives Service

The Service is working to create a safe and appropriate space to support Indigenous students (status and non-status First Nations, Métis and Inuit) throughout their university career. Our commitment is above all geared to the needs of students. We are working with the Schools and the Faculties while taking into account programs in which students are registered.

We support their academic, personal, professional and spiritual endeavours by

  • assisting First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and staff;
  • increasing awareness among the SPU community of the realities of First Nations, Métis and Inuit;
  • offering a university experience, in English and French, that includes the First Peoples.

We are located at G1141.

If you require assistance from the Indigenous Centre, an Elder, or Knowledge Keeper, please complete the request form and submit it to Indigenous@ustpaul.ca.

To contact us, please email Indigenous@ustpaul.ca or call 613-236-1393 ext 2657.


Making Indigenous Relations a Priority – Saint Paul University  

In light of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the recently published report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, it is more important than ever that Canadian universities engage in dialogue with Indigenous peoples, as it is clear that we have much to learn and much to do in this area.

Saint Paul University has established Indigenous Studies programs and recognizes the commitment made by Universities Canada, in its February 12, 2018, statement, to foster the renewal of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada by reviewing and amending policies, practices and institutional structures.

We know that universities must become more active in promoting the important issue of reconciliation. We understand that it is not enough for leaders to take part in ceremonies and to make general and bureaucratic statements without offering concrete solutions.

We wish to commit to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples, with the intention of walking together towards reconciliation.

To contribute to the transformation of relationships among peoples, the University is ready to listen and to be open to change. It is with this in mind that it created the Saint Paul University Indigenous Initiatives Service. 

The Jane Younger Memorial Award

This award was created in memory of Jane Younger, who had a long and successful career in nursing and extensive involvement in pastoral ministries. Jane was deeply committed to the welfare of others, and her contributions were honoured by her induction into the Order of Saint John.

The award is available for Indigenous students studying full-time, or about to begin full-time studies, at Saint Paul University. Applicants must have demonstrated a passion for contributing towards positive change in their community. Applicants must also show evidence of academic success.

To learn more, please visit the Internal Scholarships page.

Akì Tebwetamowin

Niwì kikenindamokìmin iyo Saint Paul University ate ega wìkàd kà mìgiwàniwang Anishinàbewakì Anishinàbeg. Niwì manàdjiyànànig Anishinàbeg, Mayàmindji Nitam Pemàdizidjig ondaje akìng kaye nìbìng ondaje Kichi Sìbìng weshkad kà màdjiseg akì. Nigì kikenindànànàn iyo Kichi Odenew odabìtànàwà Anishinàbeg, kaye manidòkenàniwang, pimàdjiwowin, màmandosewin kaye meshkodònimàdiwin màmawe Mayàmindji Nitam Pemàdizidjig. Nongom tash, iye wànakìwin kaye wìdjigenimowin mì ondaje wenzikàg màmawe Wìyagi iji Anishinàbeg kaye ogog ega Enishinàbewidjig, miziwe kamig.

Territorial Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that Saint Paul University is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinabeg (Algonquin) people. We would like to honour the Anishinabeg, the First Peoples of the lands and waters of the Kichi Sibi (Ottawa River Valley) from time immemorial. We acknowledge that the site of the City of Ottawa serves as the home of the Anishinabeg, as a place for spiritual ceremonies, cultural gatherings and exchanges among First Peoples. Today, this spirit of peace and friendship is the foundation of relationships among Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, from around the globe.