Aboriginal Student Self-Identification Survey

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) launched the Aboriginal Student Self Identification Survey that allows students to self-identify as Aboriginal online through Western's Student Centre (student.uwo.ca). ISC is responsible for overseeing the internal and confidential data collection, storage and reporting processes.

The goal of this survey is to more effectively reflect and respond to Indigenous student needs and fulfill Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan.

Your participation in this process will help increase the Indigenous student presence on-campus and support positive changes moving forward. The development of the questions are consistent with the common Aboriginal self-identification guideline report published by Council of Ontario Universities (COU, Report, 2014).

What to Know

  • An online survey to help Western University provide the best programs and services to Aboriginal students
  • The term ‘Aboriginal’ refers to students who self-identity as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (FNMI) ancestry
  • No proof of ancestry is required
  • The process is voluntary and confidential
  • The Indigenous Student Centre oversees the data collection, storage, and reporting in strict confidence and in accordance with privacy legislation

How: 3-Easy Steps

  • It takes less than 2 minutes to complete
  • Log into Student Center
  • Go to the "Personal Information" section located at the top of the page and on the left hand side click "Aboriginal Self-Identification"


  • Be part of the collective and growing Aboriginal student body!
  • Help the Indigenous Student Centre gain a greater understanding of Aboriginal students on-campus and be in a better position to enhance programs and services
  • Connect with the Aboriginal community on-campus by being included in communications (if you choose to opt-in to the email list)

Related Links

The Indigenous Student Centre User Agreement

Opt-in to the Indigenous Student Centre's Weekly Top 4 Emails