Services & Programs

All programs, services, and events are offered for currently enrolled, self-identified Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) students at SFU. To observe safety measures, all programming and events will be held virtually unless otherwise noted. 

Academic Advising

Drop-in academic advising hours are available for currently enrolled Indigenous students. Please contact Krista (myadv4@sfu.ca) to book an appointment. 

This undergraduate service and a great option if you are: 

  • A newly admitted student;
  • Undeclared with fewer than 60 units; 
  • Wanting to declare, or wanting to change your major; or 
  • Experienceing academic difficulty.

Please visit the academic advising website for more information.

Elders Program

The ISC recognizes the value and importance of Elders in Indigenous and univeristy communities. ISC Elders are from diverse backgrounds and hold distinct traditional knowledges and offer students guidance and support. 

Stay connected with the ISC Elders! Elder Margaret and Elder Syexwaliya are hosting weekly virtual drop-in sessions for currently enrolled self-identified Indigenous students while we practice physical distancing. Feel free to drop-in for a casual visit and check-in with eachother! Please contact iscadmin@sfu.ca with your name and student number if you would like to join a scheduled virtual drop-in session.  

  • Mondays from 11:30am-12:30pm: Virtual check-in with Elder Syexwaliya
  • Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:00pm: Virtual check-in with Elder Margaret

Additionally, the ISC can coordinate requests for Elder support for students, staff, and faculty from across the SFU community. 

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Financial Aid and Awards Advising

Financial Aid and Awards provides assistance with: internal and external bursaries, scholarships and awards; student loans and grants for full and part time studies, mature students, students with dependents, and students with disabilities; financial literacy and budgeting.

Please contact Chris Dembiske and the Financial Aid and Awards team (faa_isc@sfu.ca) to set up an appointment! 

If you need help with financial aid, including the third-party book sponsorship and scholarships, awards, and bursaries, you'll find more information on our financial aid page.  

Health and Counselling Services

Here are some support options available to SFU Indigenous students:

  • Connecting with an Indigenous Counsellor

The Indigenous Counsellors are available for individual appointments Monday - Friday. Please email isc_well@sfu.ca and one of the counsellors will get back to you to follow up with your request during regular office hours. Appointments are available with either Tanu Gamble, RCC or Jennifer Reandy, RCC. Please note in your email if you have a preference of which counsellor you would like to see.

You may receive an email from Jennifer or Access Case Manager, Deborah Fung, to follow-up with your request.

  • Connect with Black Counsellors and additional BIPOC-specific supports

SFU Health and Counselling Services has a Black Counsellor, Tricia Kay Williams, available for drop-ins (booking needed in advance). For more information about how to access Black Mental Health supports and other BIPOC-specific supports, please visit the HCS Black Student Supports page

  • Call Health and Counselling Services at 778-782-4615 and ask to book a virtual appointment with a counsellor
  • Visit Health and Counselling Services in MBC 0101 and ask to speak with an Access Case Manager who provides same day 30 minute appointments.  They will provide mental health support and/or referral to services and resources (Note: HCS is temporarily closed. Please call us at 778-782-4615 to book an appointment)
  • Phone My SSP (Student Support Program) at 1-844-451-9700 and ask to book an appointment with an Indigenous Counsellor. Appointments with an Indigenous counsellor may be via phone or ask about in-person appointment options in the community. You can also download the My SSP App and connect 24/7 with support. All support through My SSP is free and confidential.

If you are in an unsafe situation or in personal crisis and require immediate support, please contact:

  • Vancouver Crisis Line (24/7): 604-872-3311 
  • Kuu-US Crisis Response Services (24/7): 1-800-588-8717
  • BC Suicide Line: 1-800-784-2433
  • SFU Campus Security: 778-782-4500
  • Police/Ambulance/Fire 911 or your local Emergency Department

Indigenous Graduate Services

The Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator is available to support Indigenous students transition into graduate studies and enhance current Indigenous graduate students holistic academic path through mentorship, workshops and as a resource mediator. 

To book an appointment, call 778-782-9222 or email gps_indigenous@sfu.ca.

To book an appointment:

Call 778-782-9222 or email gps_indigenous@sfu.ca.

Peer Mentorship Program

The Peer Cousin Mentorship Program connects newer students with more senior Indigenous students who can provide guidance or support in your transition into SFU. Becoming a Peer Cousin is great opportunity for you if you are new to the SFU community, have questions about university, or are looking to connect with new and returning Indigenous students. If you are a returning student, you can become a Peer Cousin mentor and strengthen your leadership skills by provideing safe spaces and opportunities to connect and engage, and creating a positive and welcoming experience for Indigenous students at SFU. 

Becoming a Peer Cousin includes invitations to fun (virtual) activities scheduled throughout the semester! 

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Tutoring Program

The ISC works in collaboration with Academics First Tutoring Program to pair students with tutors. Generally, this is is a service for 100- and 200-level courses. The ISC will provide an hour of tutoring per week (up to 13 weeks) for currently enrolled Indigenous students (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit). 

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Library Drop-in and Virtual Library Space

Drop by the virtual library space on Thursdays to get work done! This space is hosted by the ISC to give students an opprtunity to connect and socialize with each other, while finishing school work. Virtual library coordinators Julia, Ruth, and Ashley are also available to provide academic support. For students looking for advice with their writing, Julia or Ruth can help. For those requiring help to find research sources or formatting citations, ask Ashley. At any given time, at least one instructor will be available, and the others will be on standby in case they are needed, simply ask if needed. Students new to the ISC space are more than welcome to drop-by!

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Join us!

Thursdays from 12:30pm-2:30pm                                                                                 

Workshops and Events

The ISC organizes a series of academic and cultural workshops and information sessions each semester. Workshops have included: drum making, moccassin making, cedar weaving, beading, and painting. 

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