Resources for Indigenous Students

Indigenous Counselling and Support Resources

Urgent Response:

  • The Indian Residential School Survivors Society "is a provincial organization that provides essential services to residential school survivors and families experiencing intergenerational trauma." They provide a variety of services including counselling, cultural and emotional support.
    1-604-985-4464 or Toll-free: 1-800-721-0066
  • The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is "a 24-hour crisis support service for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience."
  • The Métis Crisis Line BC "Provides a Métis specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. All crisis response personnel are certified and trained in Indigenous cultural safety bringing an understanding of Métis history and trauma."
    1-833-638-4722 (1-833-METIS-BC)
  • KUU-US Crisis Line Society "BC Wide Indigenous Toll-Free Crisis and Support Line, 24-hour crisis line"
    1-800-KUU-US17 (1-800-588-8717)
  • The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis line is available nationally 24/7.

Long-term Support:

  • SFU Health and Counselling provides a variety of self-directed resources, as well as counselling services for all members of the SFU community.
  • The Indigenous Student Centre at SFU provides a variety of wellness services for Indigenous Students.
  • Hope For Wellness is "available to all Indigenous people across Canada. Experienced and culturally competent counsellors are reachable by telephone and online 'chat' 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
  • Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS) "is dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of urban Indigenous peoples by providing programs and resources in health, wellness, welfare, social services, human rights, culture, education, and recreation."
  • Urban Native Youth Association is a centre that provides a diverse continuum of advocacy, preventative and support services to Indigenous youth that respond to their immediate and long-term needs.



SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer mentoring program designed to support Aboriginal graduate students.

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For general Faculty of Education inquiries, please contact the Office of Indigenous Education.

For questions about program admissions, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.

For all other inquiries, please contact the Indigenous Student Centre.