Indigenous applicants

The Principal's Task Force on Diversity, Excellence and Community Engagement seeks to increase the number of qualified Indigenous students gaining admission to, and excelling in all programs at McGill University.

Therefore, we encourage all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis applicants to identify themselves on their application form and to submit a personal statement, as well as letters of recommendation and a resumé. This will allow admissions decision-makers to use McGill's Indigenous admission evaluation process and take into consideration the educational experiences particular to members of an Indigenous community that are not evaluated through the University's standard practices. It will also allow us to provide additional service and information to applicants about support services and funding opportunities for Indigenous at McGill.

Self-identification and provision of supporting documents is entirely optional for Indigenous applicants; furthermore, self-identification can in no way negatively impact the admission decision. McGill recognizes that Indigenous applicants, their communities and connections between the two are extremely varied. For some, Indigenous identity and community connection runs deep, for others it is less significant. If you consider yourself as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis, we hope that you will self-identify on your McGill application.

Indigenous Applicants Protocol

This information allows McGill to inform students about specific services and funding opportunities and to assess its progress in the recruitment and retention of students who have Indigenous affiliation with a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Hawaiian Native community. This includes 'Status,' 'Treaty,' or 'Registered' Indians, as well as 'Non-Status,' and 'Non-Registered' Indians. Providing this information is optional.

Indigenous applicants who wish to apply to undergraduate medicine are invited to visit: mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/categories/indigenous  

Indigenous applicants who wish to apply to the Faculty of Law are invited to visit the Admissions Policy at mcgill.ca/law/bcl-llb/admissions-guide/indigenous-applicants

To assist the university in assessing applications from Indigenous applicants that are not evaluated through the University's standard practices, Indigenous applicants are encouraged to submit the following documentation:

  • a personal statement of maximum two (2) pages. The personal statement is the key component in applying the Indigenous Admissions Protocol to an application for admission. Applicants are encouraged to address any or all of the questions listed below. It should arrive at the admissions office by the applicant's deadline for supporting documents (actual date dependent on their category of application). Here are the suggested questions for consideration:
    • What interested you about the program(s) to which you have applied and what makes you think that you are well suited to this field?
    • What personal characteristics and life experiences do you possess that would improve your prospects for academic success at university and afterwards in a career?
    • What are the most compelling reasons you can give for the admissions committee to be interested in you?
    • Has an interest in, identification with, and connection to your Aboriginal community affected your educational path and goals to this point? If so, how? If not, why?
    • What is unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story as an Aboriginal applicant to university?
  • Applicants may also submit 1-2 reference letters from community representatives, employers, teachers, etc. who may also be telephoned for more details. Such applicants may also be contacted for interviews.
  • OPTIONAL: a curriculum vitae (Resumé) of maximum two (2) pages

 
For further information, please visit the First Peoples' House website, or reach out to: indigenousoutreach [at] mcgill.ca  

Supporting documentation should be uploaded to Minerva under the INDG checklist item. For programs in Enrolment Services, all items should be combined into one PDF file, including the reference letters.


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