Indigenous students are asked to self-identify.

A member of a local dance group poses for the camera

The Indigenous Education staff welcomes you and recognizes that each student must experience a sense of belonging and a place, where their voices are heard, and where their cultural traditions, histories and beliefs are respected and understood. We have a good foundation of trust, respect, open communication and an open door policy

We invite students to approach us with any questions. Encouraging and assisting Indigenous students is our first priority; we look forward to meeting you!

Why self-identify?

Niagara College is committed to providing services to support Indigenous student success. There are a number of services available to students who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations Status or Non-Status, Métis and Inuit).

Self-identifying helps us to determine programming support, services and resources to increase student success. It also grants you access to the Indigenous Education student lounge, computers, printing, cultural and traditional activities and monthly gathering, which includes student luncheons, as well as Indigenous specific bursaries.

Use of the student lounge and attending monthly gatherings will give you the opportunity to meet other Indigenous students, and will also assist you with your transition entering the college atmosphere.

How do I self-identify?

Self-identification is voluntary and confidential and does not require the student to produce any documentation. All collected information is confidential and will not be shared, as outlined in the “Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act” and the “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act”. The information will only be used for relevant support, services and resources.

Downloadable form

Please download our form. Right click on the “download our form” link and choose “Save link as” and then save the file to your computer. You must use Adobe Acrobat to open the file. Fill out and save the form, and then send it as an attachment to with “Self-Identify” as the title of the email.

On your college application

Through Ontario Colleges application form, declare your First Nations, Métis or Inuit Status.

In person

If you did not go through the Ontario Colleges application process, or if you did not declare your status on your Ontario Colleges application, please stop by the Indigenous Education office to self-identify. Check our home page for our office locations.