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Indigenous student supports

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  • Man smiling at the camera.
    Jordan Bernard is a recipient of the Marie J. Hayward Memorial Scholarship. He studies Pipe Trades at IT Campus.
  • An Indigenous woman works on a woodworking project inside a shop.
    From nursing to carpentry — grad builds award-winning brand, business and Instagram following. Read Denika Coakley’s story
  • An Indigenous woman, wearing waterproof overalls and arms crossed, looks on.
    Blending perspectives and protecting Unama'ki. Read Kieran Wasuek Johnson's story

Study and career supports

Our Indigenous supports are a resource for students of First Nation, Metis and Inuit descent. They can answer your questions and help you find the information, culturally specific supports and academic supports you need to succeed.

Your advisor can:

  • Offer career exploration
  • Help you with your NSCC application process
  • Connect you with funding opportunities (e.g., emergency financial supports and tutoring)
  • Offer guidance around applying for NSCC awards available for Indigenous students
  • Introduce you to learning supports (e.g., tutoring) and other student services
  • Connect you with other Indigenous learners
  • Work with your campus community to offer Indigenous perspectives and approaches
  • Indigenous student gatherings and organize cultural events

Awards for Indigenous students

We offer more than 1,000 scholarships, bursaries and awards that add up to over $2 million in student support each year. Funded by donors, partners and sponsors through NSCC Foundation, awards are granted based on a range of criteria: financial need, leadership, volunteer experience and career interests.

Mi'kmaq and Indigenous learning

Discover Mi'kmaq and Indigenous learning opportunities in Early Childhood Education and Practical Nursing as well as funding for careers at sea.

Contact us

Reach out to your Indigenous supports advisor:

Shawnee Sylliboy
Burridge Campus, Lunenburg Campus, Pictou Campus and Shelburne Campus

Scott Olszowiec
Kingstec Campus

Pamela Toney
Strait Area Campus

Chenise Hache
Truro Campus

Rebecca Thomas
Ivany Campus

Tanya Wasacase
Akerley Campus and Institute of Technology Campus 

Annapolis Valley, eCampus, Marconi and Cumberland Campuses

If there is no resource listed for your campus, please contact Stacey Burgess, Director of Student and Career Services,

Indigenous Community and Cultural Liaison

Shawnee Sylliboy