Durham College continues to support First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Metis and Inuit students from the beginning to the end of their college journey. Students who are members of these communities are highly encouraged to self-identify and connect with the First Peoples Indigenous Centre (Suswaaning Endaajig). This process is voluntary and confidential as outlined in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information  will  be used to identify students’ needs and help further support you through various services and resources.

Self-Identifying helps:

  • Connect you to an Indigenous coach providing students with a wide range of supports
  • Connect you to funding opportunities through bursaries and scholarships
  • Connect you with other students who have also self-identified
  • Allow for continuity of learning and contributing towards  a respectful community of Indigenous learners
  • Keep you updated on various events and activities that are happening within the Indigenous community.

Why Self-Identify?

Being an individual who is recognized as “one of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada” (Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982) including First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada, self-identifying allows Durham College staff to guide you to connect with available services and further assist your transition to college life. By self-identifying you will be connected to an Indigenous coach from the First Peoples Indigenous Centre - Suswaaning Endaajig (FPIC) right from the beginning of your application process.  Our staff will help support you and transition you through the admission/application process and guide you throughout your schooling until successful completion.

The benefits to self-identifying as an Indigenous person include access to tools and resources, increased knowledge about Indigenous practices, invitations to programming activities and events offered by the Centre as well as building a sense of community and pride.

How do I apply?

You can complete the form provided at the bottom of this page, you also have the option of providing this information directly to the staff at FPIC. You can self-identify at any time throughout the year as a registered student at Durham College.

Self-identification form

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Self-Identification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)