Aboriginal University Transition Programs

UPDATE August 8, 2017

Shared on behalf of the Office of the Vice-President, Academic:

To respond to calls from SFU students, faculty, staff, members of the Aboriginal community and allies, the Vice-President, Academic and Provost Dr. Peter Keller announces today an initiative to provide a pilot for interim academic programming for students previously served by the recently cancelled Aboriginal University Transition Programming. Effective immediately, the Interim Academic University Preparation Program (AUPP) will be located in Arts Central in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on the Burnaby Campus for the academic 2017/2018 year only. FASS has struck an Advisory Committee of leading Indigenous scholars, instructors, alumni and staff and will consult with Aboriginal communities to guide the pilot.

In parallel, SFU will conduct a separate community consultation process that is able to, in the words of Vice-President, Academic and Provost Dr. Keller, “re-envision future pathways and bridging options” consistent with the spirit of the recommendations of both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but also the multi-year implementation plan flowing from the comprehensive recommendations of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council’s Report entitled Walk This Path With Us released in the Spring of 2017.

If you have questions, please contact vpacad@sfu.ca.


April 20, 2017

Welcome and thank you for your interest in SFU’s Aboriginal University Transition Programs (AUTP). Please note that the AUTP has closed while the university explores new approaches and re-envisions the programs. 

The University is firmly committed to providing exceptional learning opportunities for Aboriginal students and to seeking alternative pathways to access post-secondary education at SFU. In recent years, we have experienced continued decline in enrollment for the AUTP programs and that, along with other factors, has led us to make this extremely difficult decision. As we move forward, we'll be drawing from the strengths of our past programs and reflecting on the learning journey we have been on with the AUTP.

In keeping with the recommendations from the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, and honouring the principle of ‘nothing about us without us,’ we will be working collaboratively with Indigenous peoples, local First Nations and the urban Aboriginal community to design a new program that meets the needs of Aboriginal students.

This process will be led by the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, and will be overseen by a Chair and committee. New program recommendations will be made at the end of 2017 and ongoing funding for a new pathway program has been set aside in the Vice-President, Academic’s budget.

Please check back soon for more detailed information on the program review process; updates will be shared here.

If you have comments or suggestions regarding the future of pathway programs for Aboriginal students or have questions and would like to discuss the changes to the AUTP, please contact cep_info@sfu.ca.