Aboriginal Student Services Centre (ASSC)
Located on North Campus, the Aboriginal Student Services Centre (ASSC) provides service, access, and support for all. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students on campus. For a more complete listing of the programs and services offered by the ASSC, please visit aboriginalservices.ualberta.ca.
Transition Year Program (TYP)
The Transition Year Program offered by ASSC is designed to provide post-secondary opportunities for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students at the University of Alberta. TYP is a University access program for Aboriginal students who may not be prepared to enter a faculty through the regular admissions route. For more information, please refer to the "How to Apply" section below.
All first-year Aboriginal students are invited to participate in our Bridges Orientation Program as they begin their academic journey here at the U of A. Held prior to the first day of classes each fall, Bridges Orientation is aimed at Aboriginal students who are new to the U of A.
The Round Dance was a healing ceremony that became a social dance that is traditionally held in the winter season. From the first tuning of the hand drums by way of fire, to the meeting of old friends and making of new ones, the Round Dance is for everyone – children, friends, families, youth, and Elders – and all Aboriginal students are invited to attend! Check the ASSC website to find out when and where next year's Round Dance will be held.
Convocation Honouring Ceremonies
Upon graduating, our Aboriginal students can be honoured by an Elder on stage at convocation, in recognition of their academic achievements. Elders and students alike are invited to wear their traditional regalia to these ceremonies
Gathering Place (Coming Soon!)
Plans are in place to construct a Gathering Place at the heart of North Campus. This future two-story, 22,000-square-foot facility is designed to be a showcase of Aboriginal culture and a place for sharing and inclusiveness. Other features and amenities will include:
- Elders' traditional rooftop garden and courtyard
- Great hall to be used for events, ceremonies, feasts, round dances, political functions, and social gatherings
- Sacred fire housed in a specialized fireplace
- Administrative and Elder offices, student service centres, and classrooms
Acknowledging Our Elders
An Elder is a highly regarded individual who is considered exceptionally wise in the ways of their culture and the teachings of the Great Spirit. The community looks to them for guidance and sound judgment. An Elder is committed to helping people, lives a healthy lifestyle and is a positive role model for Aboriginal people. We would like to acknowledge Elder Marge Friedel for the knowledge she graciously shared and for her contributions to the Aboriginal community at the University. It is with sadness that we acknowledge Marge’s passing on September 6, 2011, but her legacy lives on.
Other ASSC services include:
- Tutoring and advising
- Computer lab and social space
- Smudge and meditation room
- TAWOW welcoming
- Round dances
- Stew and bannock days
- Elder visits
Student Success Centre
The Student Success Centre offers a number of programs and services such as studying and exam workshops, writing resources, learning consultations, the Math and Applied Sciences Centre, and more.
Specialized Support and Disability Services
Specialized Support and Disability Services (SSDS) offers services and support for students challenged by disabilities, and also coordinates the efforts of University departments and off-campus agencies in meeting students’ needs to help equalize educational opportunities for all.