FIrst Nations House is your gateway to the Aboriginal community on campus. Join us for Indigenous Education Week each year, or connect with an Aboriginal student group.



President's Award Ceremony Please join us at 2 pm on January 13, 2016
Education Week Details about Indigenous Education Week
Law Students Aboriginal Law Students’ Association
Students' Association Information about the Native Students Association
Education Network Information about the Indigenous Education Network (IEN)
SAGE Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement

President's Award Ceremony

You are cordially invited to attend the Ceremony and Reception for the President's Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016  2 p.m.

First Nations House, 563 Spadina Ave., 3rd Floor


Honouring the 2013-14 recipients:

  • Kristen Bos, Arts & Science 
  • Tera Beaulieu, OISE

and, Honouring the 2015-15 recipients:

  • Curtis Sobchak, Arts & Science 
  • Earl Nowgesic, Public Health

University of Toronto President Meric Gertler will be in attendance.

Please RSVP to or call 416-978-8227

First Nations House graphic image of Toronto with trees

Annual event

Indigenous Education Week

Indigenous Education Week is an annual week-long series of events that highlights the contributions Indigenous knowledge has made to education. It’s a chance for students, staff, faculty and the community to participate in and learn about diverse Indigenous cultures, both local and global.

Events include roundtable discussions, craft workshops, film screenings, teachings and cultural exchange.

Click here to see the full Indigenous Education Week schedule of events.


If you or your organization would like to help us to promote Indigenous Education Week, we would be happy to mail you the 2017 IEW posters when they are available.  To request posters please fill out this form

hip hop artist Quese IMC (photo courtesy of Quese IMC)

Aboriginal Law Students’ Association

The Aboriginal Law Students' Association at the Faculty of Law is an active circle of students from many different Aboriginal cultures.

It provides social support for Aboriginal law students, along with promoting awareness about Aboriginal issues and procuring funding for special professional and educational opportunities.

Learn more about the Aboriginal Law Students Association

Native Students Association

The Native Students’ Association (NSA) is a student-run initiative whose mandate includes the following:

  • The Native Students’ Association (NSA) is committed to the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental well-being of the Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) student body
  • The NSA is committed to forging partnerships and community ties with non-Aboriginal student organizations within the University of Toronto
  • The NSA recognizes the need to preserve and protect our Indigenous heritages and distinct cultures through the use of tradition, teachings, language and celebration

What does the NSA do?

The NSA creates social and cultural networks of students through feasts, social gatherings, conferences and cultural events. The NSA also supports events run through other students’ organizations both in the University and in broader Canadian communities. Additionally, the NSA Council leaders are advocates on behalf of Indigenous issues in Canada.

Who can join?

Full or part-time students—either undergraduate or graduate—at the University of Toronto or one of its affiliated colleges or access programs.

Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students are welcome to join. All members have voting privileges.


NSA elected Council of Clan Leaders for 2014-2015

NSA governance operates through an Anishinaabe Clan council system. While members may come from other family clans or other systems of governance, elected Council members are mandated to fulfill responsibilities associated with the Clan that they are representing on behalf of NSA.

  • Crane Clan Leader: Audrey Rochette
  • Loon Clan Leader & CFO: Dhanela Sivaparan
  • Fish Clan Leader: Jonah Russell
  • Bear Clan Leader: Roy Strebel
  • Bird Clan Leader: Vacant
  • Hoof Clan Leader: Durika Sivaparan
  • Marten Clan Leader: Matthew Cappella



If you have questions, ideas or a desire to get involved, contact the NSA at 416-978-1042 or at or drop by First Nations House. 

Visit the Native Students Association Facebook page for pictures and event listings.  


The Indigenous Education Network (IEN)

The IEN is a self-determining Aboriginal student association within OISE/UT (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).

The IEN provides an Aboriginal presence at OISE/UT and a forum for discussion and action on issues relating to Aboriginal education and research.

It supports students and their study interests in Aboriginal education, promotes Aboriginal education, advances education research on Aboriginal issues, and actively encourages the development of Aboriginal curriculum and research.

To learn more, contact them at 416-978-0732.

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a peer-based cross-university educational initiative that builds community networks, provides ongoing support and increases the number of Doctoral and Masters credentialed First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Aboriginal scholars across Ontario.