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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 physicians. Schulich Medicine has designated five seats in each entering class for First Nations, Metis and Inuit 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 submit the following additional documents to OMSAS by the application deadline. Please click on the headings below to expand for more detailed information about the requirements.

Official Confirmation of Indigenous Status

Confirmation of Indigenous status or proof of ancestral origin 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 the Department of Aboriginal Affairs Canada;
  • Written confirmation of membership in a band council which has its own membership code.

A Personal Statement

A Personal Statement in the form of a letter describing your experience within Indigenous communities. Suggestions for your statement include:
  • Why you would like to be considered for one of the designated Indigenous Applicant seats
  • Information about your current and past experiences and involvement in the Indigenous community
  • Your goals for future involvement within your respective community

Additional Letters of Support

Along with your three general reference letters, additional letters of support from Indigenous communities or organizations attesting to your involvement in and connectedness to the community 

Interview Consideration & Assessment

Applicants will be assessed on a balanced portfolio which includes: academic achievements, MCAT scores, letters of support, and a personal statement that provides evidence of long-term involvement in the Indigenous community and the impact of these experiences.

Only in exceptional circumstances will Indigenous applicants with a GPA of less than 3.30, or MCAT scores below the 50th percentile, be considered for the designated seats.

Applicants invited for interview will be welcomed by an interview panel consisting of an Indigenous physician, Indigenous community member, and senior medical student.

Financial Assistance

Medical students often have concerns about funding their medical education.  We encourage you to check into the many financial resources available at Western as well as the many external sources for awards and bursaries which you may be eligible for.  Some suggested sources are listed below.  Please pay close attention to eligibility and the application deadlines.

For more detailed information and assistance regarding financial aid you may also contact Norma Merino (, Western Student Financial Services Officer.

Additional information can be found through Western Indigenous Services.


At Western, in order to be considered for bursaries and need-based awards, an online Admission Bursary Application must be submitted.

The online Admission Bursary Application is available through the Office of the Registrar website.

Schulich Scholarships

Medical School candidates may also consider applying for a Schulich Scholarship.

To apply for a Schulich Scholarship you must fill out the above bursary form, as well as the supplemental Schulich Application form, which can be found here.

External Resources for Financial Assistance

External Resources for Indigenous Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships you may consider checking:

Indigenous Supports & Services

Western University Services

At Indigenous Services at Western University, we are committed to supporting undergraduate and graduate Indigenous students in reaching their highest potential through encouragement, culturally-responsive programming, and advice from the application process right through to graduation and beyond.

Please see the Indigenous Services website for more detailed information of the support services provided.

Indigenous Services Student Development Centre
Room 2100, Western Student Services Building 1151 Richmond Street
London, ON, N6A 3K7
Tel: 519-661-4095

London, Ontario Services

Name Website Contact
N’Amerind  1-519-672-0131
At^Lohsa Native Family Healing Services  1-519-438-0068
NoKee Kwe  1-519-667-7088
First Nations Centre Fanshawe College  1-519-452-4430 x4619
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Center (SOAHAC)  1-519-672-4079

Rural Community Services

Name Website Contact
Oneida Health Center  1-519-652-0500
Chippewa Health Center  1-519-289-5555
SOAHAC on Chippewa  1-519-289-0352
Nimkee Nupigawagan Healing Centre  1-519-264-2277
Wulaawsuwiikaan Healing Lodge  1-519-289-0148
Onyota’a:ka Family Healing Lodge  1-519-652-0657

Contact Information

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

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

Admissions Office
Telephone: 519-661-3744