We would like to acknowledge the history of the traditional territory in which the University operates and, we would like to respect the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations groups of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario.
The Attawandaran (Neutral) peoples once settled this region alongside the Algonquin and Haudenosaunee peoples, and used this land as their traditional beaver hunting grounds.
The three longstanding Indigenous groups of this geographic region are:
The three First Nation communities closest in proximity to Western University are:
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is committed to increasing the number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit dentists. Schulich Dentistry has two designated seats in each entering class for Indigenous students.
Applicants self-identified as Indigenous and one of Canada's First Peoples who wish to be considered for the designated seats must indicate this status on their application and provide official confirmation of Indigenous status or proof of ancestral origin.
Confirmation of Indigenous status includes, but is not limited to:
Applicants will be assessed on a balanced portfolio which includes academic achievements, DAT scores, Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement, and confirmation of Indigenous status. All applicants who are invited to interview will be welcomed by an interview panel consisting of an Indigenous dentist, Indigenous community member and senior dental student.
Dental students often have concerns about funding their dental education. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to explore financial resources offered by Western and external sources.
For assistance regarding Western financial aid, contact Norma Merino (firstname.lastname@example.org), Western Student Financial Services Officer.
External Resources for Financial Assistance
First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants considering a future career in Medicine are welcomed and encouraged to contact: