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Indigenous Applicants

Traditional Indigenous Medicine

Acknowledging Territory

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:

  1. The Haudenosaunee Peoples (also known as the Iroquois people or Six Nations Confederacy consisting of the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscorora);
  2. The Anishinaabe Peoples (also referred to as the Three Fires Confederacy including; Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatami Nations);
  3. The Leni-Lunaape Peoples (also referred to as the Delaware and/or Munsee).

The three First Nation communities closest in proximity to Western University are:

  1. Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabe)
  2. Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee)
  3. Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Leni-Lunaape)

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.

Application Process

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.

Financial Assistance

Dental students often have concerns about funding their dental education.  Indigenous applicants are encouraged to explore financial resources offered by Western and external sources.

Western University

To be considered for Western bursaries and need-based awards, submit an online Admission Bursary Application through the Office of the Registrar.

Schulich Scholarships:
To apply for a Schulich Scholarship you must complete the Admission Bursary Application as well as the supplemental Schulich Application form.

For assistance regarding Western financial aid, contact Norma Merino (, Western Student Financial Services Officer.

External Resources for Financial Assistance


Aboriginal Bursary System (Government of Canada)

Aboriginal Bursary Search Tool

Aboriginal Scholarship/Bursary Guide – AMMSA

Metis Nation of Ontario

Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP)


 Additional Supports and Services

Western University

Indigenous Services

London, Ontario


At^Lohsa Native Family Healing Services 

NoKee Kwe

First Nations Centre Fanshawe College

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Center (SOAHAC)

Surrounding Communities

Oneida Health Center

Chippewa Health Center

SOAHAC on Chippewa

Nimkee Nupigawagan Healing Centre

Wulaawsuwiikaan Healing Lodge

Onyota’a:ka Family Healing Lodge

Contact Information

First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants considering a future career in Medicine are welcomed and encouraged to contact:

Indigenous Liason
Adrean Angles
Telephone: 519-661-2111 x80280

Admissions Office
Telephone: 519-661-3744