Indigenous ServicesStudent Experience

Aboriginal Admission Access Category

Western University is committed to increasing access to postsecondary education for Aboriginal learners. This commitment involves offering accessible undergraduate admission pathways for Aboriginal applicants. The Aboriginal Admission Access Category seeks to encourage applications from Aboriginal* individuals while offering these individuals with extended academic, personal, and cultural supports necessary for transition and success once they become students.

*Aboriginal is defined based on the Canadian Constitution Act 1982 as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people in Canada.

To ensure that the Aboriginal Admission Access Category is available to Aboriginal applicants, Western requests for:

1) Consent from applicants to be considered under this Aboriginal admission category and to the collection of personal information by filling out the online consent form.

2) Proof of Aboriginal ancestry.  Aboriginal documentation can be submitted through a scanned copy (front and back) of an applicant’s Aboriginal “Indian Status”, Métis citizenship or membership cards or Inuit Trust. Documentation can be directly uploaded on our online consent form  or sent to Indigenous Services by fax or mail at:

Indigenous Services, Student Experience
Western University
Western Student Services (WSS) building Room 2100
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Fax: 1-519- 850-2578 (confidential fax)

I don't have an Aboriginal “Indian Status”, Métis citizenship or membership cards or Inuit Trust, am I still eligible for the Aboriginal Admissions Access Category?

If you have any concerns about the proof of ancestry requirement or circumstances that have prevented you from obtaining the above identification, please contact Zeeta, our Indigenous Liaison Admissions at is.access@uwo.ca with the subject heading "Zeeta- Assistance required with Proof of Ancestry Requirement”. You can also call our office at 519 661 4095

I do not wish to be considered under the Aboriginal Admission Access Category and I have a "To Do" List item on my Student Centre. Is this holding up my application with Western?

No, students who have no yet submitted proof of ancestry and their consent form will still be considered with the general pool of applicants. Please contact our office or Undergraduate admissions to have your Aboriginal Admissions "To Do" list item to be removed.

I have submitted my consent form and proof of ancestry and I still have a "To Do" list item on my Student Centre. When will this be removed?

It may take several weeks for your “To Do” list item to be removed once you've submitted both your consent form and proof of ancestry. You will receive a confirmation email from Zeeta, our Indigenous Liaison Admissions Coordinator that your information has been received and that you are being considered under the access category.

If I choose not to use the Aboriginal Admissions Access Category can I still access Indigenous Services as a student?

Absolutely! Indigenous Services is for all self-identifying Indigenous students at Western. We welcome all students to use our services and attend our programming!

Have any questions about our Undergraduate Aboriginal Admissions Access Category?

For More information contact Zeeta, Indigenous Liasion Admissons Coordinator.

  • Email: is.access@uwo.ca
  • Telephone: 1-519-661-4095
  • Toll Free: 1-888-519-661-4095

All personal documentation is kept in strictest confidence and securely housed within Indigenous Services. The personal information is collected under the authority of the University of Western Ontario Act, 1982.  The information is collected for the purposes of offering accessible admission pathways for Aboriginal applicants and providing additional support to applicants who become students.  For further information about this collection, please contact Indigenous Services, Western University, London, ON, N6A 3K7; Phone 519-661-4095.

Please refer to your faculty for more information about pathways for Indigenous admissions.