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Indigenous Self-Identification

Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

UOIT encourages students of Indigenous ancestry to self-identify as First Nation (either Status or Non-Status), Métis and/or Inuit. In doing so, UOIT recognizes that many Indigenous students prefer to use terms and language specific to their cultural background(s) and/or communities.  Proof of Indigenous membership or ancestry is not required. This is a voluntary declaration. 

Self-identification Information

  • What is Indigenous self-identification?

    Self-Identification is a voluntary survey that Indigenous (Status and non-Status First Nation, Métis and/or Inuit) students studying at UOIT are encouraged to complete. 

  • Who can self-identify?

    Any UOIT student of Indigenous (Status and non-Status First Nation, Métis and/or Inuit) ancestry may self-identify. Proof of Indigenous membership or ancestry is not required. 

  • Why does UOIT collect this information?

    UOIT is required to protect all students’ personal information in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act 1992. Self-Identified students information will be accessible to particular members of the Indigenous Education and Cultural Service Team and Registrars staff only. UOIT only discloses personal information to the Ministry for Training, Colleges and Universities as required for reporting purposes. Self-identification information gathered is used for statistical purposes.

    • Funding Requests
    • Ministry Reporting
    • Policy Development
    • Recruitment Initiatives 
    • Resource Allocation
    • Service Planning
  • Why is UOIT is asking Indigenous students to self-identify?
    • The Indigenous Education and Cultural Services are focused on providing supports and services to assist Indigenous learners throughout their educational journey.
    • UOIT’s goal is to reach out to the Indigenous students at UOIT to encourage participation in cultural events and activities.
    • We like to involve Indigenous students in building a proud, respectful and inclusive community.
  • Why should an Indigenous student self-identify?
    • To keep up-to-date with service planning and student success initiatives.
    • To connect with the Indigenous Student Service Team.
    • To be eligible for targeted scholarship and bursaries.
    • To assist the Indigenous team build a sense of community and pride among other Indigenous learners at UOIT.


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