Indigenous Applicants

Acknowledging Territory

We acknowledge the history of the traditional territory in which the University operates and 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 other 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 Tuscarora);
  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)

For more information about Indigenous communities in proximity to the University, please visit Western's Indigenous Services website.

How to Apply

As a demonstration of our commitment to help increase the number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit dentists, Schulich Dentistry designates two seats in each entering class for Indigenous students.

Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous who wish to be considered for one of the two designated seats must indicate this status on their application and provide official confirmation of Indigenous status or proof of ancestral origin.

Documentation includes but is not limited to:

  • A copy of a Certificate of "Indian Status" or Treaty card
  • A certified copy of a Nunavut Trust certificate card, roll number, or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities
  • A certified copy of membership card in a Metis registry recognized by the Metis National Council (e.g. Metis Nation of Ontario, the Manitoba Metis Federation, the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, the Metis Nation of Alberta, the Metis Nation of British Columbia)
  • Written confirmation of Aboriginal ancestry from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Aboriginal Affairs Canada
  • Written confirmation of membership in a band council which has its own membership code

Consideration & Assessment

Applicants will be assessed on a balanced portfolio which includes academic achievements, DAT scores, Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement, and confirmation of Indigenous status.


The interviews are 30-minutes duration, structured and standardized. Applicants who are invited to interview will be welcomed by an interview panel consisting of an Indigenous dentist, Indigenous community member and a senior dental student.

Contact Us

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

Admissions Office