There are a number of funding

opportunities for Indigenous students.


There are also Indigenous Student programs

and supports at many BC universities.



CLICK HERE to use the  Government of Canada Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool


Grade 11's:

Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Program - a week of travel and research exploration with full financial support!


Grade 12's:

The following links will assist you in finding financial awards (applications handed in at Sardis) based specifically on aboriginal heritage:

Chilliwack Metis Association Bursary –  $1,000.00
Please see Financial Awards Group 2 for information on how to apply.

Awarded to a graduating student who is proceeding to an accredited post-secondary educational institution who self identities as Metis. Must demonstrate financial need and a minimum C+ average for the first semester, as well as good service, citizenship, personal determination and work ethic in school and community. Two year timeline to collect.

Indigenous Education Advisory Committee – Gwen Point Award - $1,000.00. Please see Financial Awards Group 2 for information on how to apply.

In addition to the standard application, candidates must provide a letter to describe their cultural involvement and/or service in this community (this may include volunteer work, working with Elders, community sports,etc.).

Indigenous Education Advisory Committee Bursary - $500.00 
Please see Financial Awards Group 2 for information on how to apply.

Awarded to a grade 12 aboriginal student who is eligible for graduation and proceeding to an accredited Post Secondary Institution who has attained a minimum "C+ "average for the first two reporting periods (1st Semester) in grade 12. Student must have demonstrated good service, citizenship, personal determination and work ethic in school and/or community. Must demonstrate need for financial assistance.

Chilliwack Teacher's Association Indigenous Award - $1000.00
Please see Financial Awards Group 2 for information on how to apply.

Student should self-identify as indigenous and be interested in obtaining a BC Public School teaching certificate and in good academic standing. Award paid to the student upon registration in an acredited Canadian post secondary educational institution. Two year timeline to collect.

Sto:Lo Nation Bursary - $500
Please see Financial Awards Group 2 for information on how to apply.

Available to a First Nations graduating student. Proof of registration to a post-secondary institute on a full time basis is required. Amount and Number of Bursaries subject to change. Also guidelines are subject to change without notice. Student must enroll within two years or the award will be forfeited.

 Are you searching for scholarships online? Try the Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool

The following scholarships are available online:

BCAAFC First Citizens Fund (Registered Status Indian not eligible for band funding)

Cenovus Energy Scholarships for Indigenous Students (Reside in operating area)

Petro-Canada Award fr Indigenous Students (Reside in communities with Petro-Can sites)

Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program  (Forestry technology or trades studies)

Irving K Barber Aboriginal Awards (First Nations, Inuit or Metis)

Inspire (First Nations, Inuit or Metis)

BC Hydro Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries  (First Nations or Indigenous permanent resident of BC)

RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Students (Status and non-status, Inuit or Metis)

Health Sciences Association Bursaries  (Indigenous students from BC)

Nelson Scholarship for Indigenous Students (First Nations, Inuit or Metis)

New Relationship Trust (First Nations status or non-status member of a British Columbia First Nation community)

Nutrien Indigenous Youth Financial Management Award  (Indigenous youth apply to financial management studies)

Ken Michel Memorial Scholarship for Carpentry  (Indigenous youth planning to study carpentry)

UFV Kihci Tepakohp Iskwew Entrance Scholarship (First Nations high school student enrolling in any program)

UBC Awards for Indigenous Students 

SFU Scholarships for Canadian Ingigenous Students 

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society Mary Thomas Memorial ECE Scholarship (Indigenous student completing ECE program) 

BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Scholarship

YVR ART Foundation  (Indigenous emerging artists)

ḴEL,ḴELOŦEN ȻE S,ISTEW̱ Award  (Architecture or Engineering)


Post-secondary Institutions also have specialized programs and scholarships for Indigenous students. Please look at their websites to take advantage of everything that is available!

Popular Links:

Indigenous Student Center
Indigenous Awards

Indigenous Portal
Aboriginal Student Awards
Nitep Teacher Education Program


Office for Aboriginal Peoples
Aboriginal Student Entrance Award


Other Funding Sources:

1.            Local Band Office

2.            Stó:Lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET)


Students studying in the United States can access Pell Grants and the Canada-US Fullbright Program.





Indigenous Services


British Columbia Institute of Technology

Indigenous Services

Lower Mainland

Camosun College

Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen – Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections


Capilano University

First Nations Student Services

North Vancouver

Coast Mountain College

Indigenous Resources – Student Support

Northwest BC

College of New Caledonia

Aboriginal Resource Centre

North/Central BC

College of the Rockies

Indigenous Education Services

East Kootenay

Douglas College

Aboriginal Student Services

Lower Mainland

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Aboriginal Program Office


Justice Institute of British Columbia

Aboriginal Student Services

Lower Mainland/Victoria/Kelowna

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Indigenous Services for Students

Lower Mainland

Langara College

Indigenous Education & Services


Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Support Services


North Island College

Aboriginal Education Services

North Vancouver Island

Northern Lights College

Aboriginal Services

Peace Region

Okanagan College

Aboriginal Services


Royal Roads University

Indigenous Education and Student Services

Victoria/Vancouver Island

Selkirk College

Indigenous Services

West Kootenay

Simon Fraser University

Indigenous Student Centre

Lower Mainland

Thompson Rivers University

Indigenous TRU

Southern Interior

University of British Columbia

Aboriginal Portal (UBC-Vancouver)

First Nations House of Learning (UBC-Vancouver)

Aboriginal Programs & Services (UBC-Okanagan)


University of Fraser Valley


Fraser Valley

University of Northern British Columbia

First Nations Centre

Northern BC

University of Victoria

Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement


Vancouver Community College

Indigenous Education and Community Engagement

Lower Mainland/Vancouver

Vancouver Island University

Services for Aboriginal Students

Mid-Vancouver Island/Powell River