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Indigenous self-identification

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology encourages students of Indigenous ancestry to self-identify as First Nation (either Status or Non-Status), Métis and/or Inuit. In doing so, the university 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) University of Ontario Institute of Technology students are encouraged to complete.

  • Who can self-identify?

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

  • Why does the university collect this information?

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

    • funding requests
    • ministry reporting
    • policy development
    • recruitment initiatives 
    • resource allocation
    • service planning
  • Why does the university ask Indigenous students to self-identify?
    • The Indigenous Education and Cultural Services team focuses on providing supports and services to assist Indigenous learners throughout their educational journey.
    • The university's goal is to reach out to the Indigenous students at the university 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 the university.


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