It is a voluntary and confidential online survey to identify Aboriginal students studying at Western University. This process helps Indigenous Services effectively reflect report and conduct future program planning geared towards Aboriginal students.
By self-identifying, Western Aboriginal students can:
No. For complex reasons, Aboriginal self-identification is self-determined. Proof of Aboriginal ancestry is not required to self-identify with Western University.
**Special Note: Western’s Aboriginal Admission Access Category (Aboriginal special admissions process) requires proof of ancestry however this accessible admission process is separate from Western’s Aboriginal self-identification.
For more information on the Aboriginal Admission Access Category refer to:http://www.indigenous.uwo.ca/about%20is/aboriginal_admission_access_category.html
There are 3 times that you would be invited to identify as an Aboriginal student:
1) The Application Process (through the Ontario University Application Centre application)
You may have “self-declared” as Aboriginal on your OUAC application. However, the OUAC “self-declaration” process is separate, and this new self-identification process is unique to Western.
2) The Admission Process (through Western's Aboriginal Access Admission Category)
During the admission process, you may have been approached by Indigenous Services to take advantage of the special admission route for Aboriginal applicants. This is also a separate process.
3) The Registration Process - Now (As an officially enrolled Western student)Upon acceptance to Western, you are given a student number and invited to use Western’s Student Centre. At this time, all students are invited to participate in the Aboriginal Student Self-Identification survey. This is an ongoing process available online under your personal information section.
Go to Western’s Student Centre online by clicking here.Check under the personal information section of Western’s Student Centre homepage at the top of the left hand corner.
Aboriginal Student Self-Identification data is highly useful because it gives Western a greater understanding of Aboriginal students. When you self-identify, your presence builds the case for future programs and services. Your self-identification also contributes to developing and delivering high quality learning opportunities that are responsive, flexible and accessible to Aboriginal students.
Indigenous Services, Learning Resource Centre
Western Student Services (WSS) building (beside Weldon Library)
Room 2100 (2nd floor)