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Scholarships, Grants & Bursaries
Scholarships, Grants & Bursaries
Financial assistance you don’t have to pay back!  

Scholarships are typically based on merit.
Grants and bursaries usually take financial need into consideration as well.
Some scholarships, grants and bursaries are also based on
  • academic achievement
  • skill
  • extra-curricular involvement
  • or special abilities.

As an Indigenous person you may have opportunities to help you with post-secondary education above and beyond general mainstream funding. Let us support you in finding your winning funding combinations. At AO we realize that First Peoples can experience multiple and intersectional barriers to starting and finishing your education. Finding an effective pathway of supports along your training and education journey can make the difference. These links can help you in your search.

Funding approved through Anishnabeg Outreach
Apatisiwin Funding

Apatisiwin: This program is for First Nations (Status/non-Status), Métis, Inuit clients looking for Employment, Education and Training support. We cover costs that help you prepare for school and work. We fund for a maximum of one year.

Here are some examples:
  • Money to stay in school, if your only option is to quit and get a job, we can help provide an income while you finish school.
  • We can provide wage subsidies for placements i.e. Internships, Summer Jobs, Apprenticeships, On-The-Job-Training
  • We can pay final year or one year training programs i.e. tuition, childcare, parking, travel, course costs, etc.
  • We also can pay for short term training, i.e. forklift, upgrading, computers, etc.
  • We can provide start up costs for starting a new job or entering school after a long time away. (Maximum of $250.00)
  • We can assist in paying testing fees, CPIC fees, OCAS fees, Drivers License, safety training, moving rental fees, birth certificate costs, workshop fees,  etc.


Inspire: Indigenous Education Canada’s Future
Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards. Successful futures are created through hard work, creativity, and perseverance. Each one of us has a unique potential to achieve, and for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students, Indspire is here to help make that happen.

Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries Tool
The Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of 688 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada.
Canadian Aboriginal Students Portal
Education portal dedicated to assisting Aboriginal Students in researching and acquiring education opportunities such as training resources, skill development, scholarship opportunities and internships.
OSAP Indigenous Student Bursary
The Indigenous Student Bursary provides aid to Indigenous students with financial need who are attending either: a publicly–assisted colleges and universities in Ontario or an approved Aboriginal institute in Ontario.
Aboriginal Multi-Media Society
An extensive list of scholarships and bursaries available to Aboriginal students, maintained by Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA ) and Windspeaker.
Annual Student Achievement Awards
Annually supports four awards through a bursary of $1000.00 for First Nations students in the field of Science and Technology.

Post-Secondary Student Support Program
Find out how Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) provides financial assistance to First Nations and eligible Inuit students who are enrolled in eligible post-secondary programs.

If so, there may be funding opportunities open to you.

Metis Nation of Ontario
Métis students can apply for the Métis Student Bursary Program (MSBP) at the Financial Aid Office, Aboriginal Student Liaison Centre or through Student Support Services at the participating college or university. Bursary applications are available to students following registration in the fall.

Do not limit yourself to only Indigenous funding sources!
As a First Nation, Metis and Inuit student you have the right to apply to the same funding that includes everyone.
Here are some extra sources to explore and choose from.

General Sources of Funding for Your Education

Student grants

Money in the form of grants to help finance your post-secondary education. You can qualify to get more than one grant.

Established in 2011, is a free access website created to help search for scholarships, bursaries and grants opportunities. They gather information from 100’s of Colleges, Universities and Institutions across Canada. They have a feature that allows the user to search for specific categories of scholarships.

Scholarships Canada

Lists all relevant scholarships and bursaries free of charge. Students are matched to scholarships and bursaries when they create an account.

University Study. ca is published by Universities Canada, a national organization representing 97 public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges. The information found on this website is compiled by Universities Canada staff in cooperation with member universities and regional university associations in Canada.


Search engine for scholarships and bursaries in Canada.

For Further Support and Help with funding possibilities make sure to connect with your College or University’s Aboriginal Services in the Region of Waterloo and Wellington Counties.
Conestoga College
Be-Dah-Bin Gamik, a Place of New Beginnings, provides services for Aboriginal students at Conestoga College, including those who are First Nations (status and non-status), Metis and Inuit. It is a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment that assists students with a smooth transition to college life by providing ongoing student support.

Wilfrid Laurier University
Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Indigenous Initiatives is committed to having Laurier be an extraordinary and empowering experience for all First Nations, Inuit and Metis students. We believe that education, in a welcoming environment, that honours Indigenous people, is the path for our people to be all that we can be. We are here to assist you in all areas of life as students and to ensure you have the best student experience that university can offer.

University of Guelph
The Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) strives to be a home-away-from-home for all First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and the community.  You can talk with the staff, meet other students, and join in activities and cultural events.

University of Waterloo
The services we provide are premised on understanding, respect, and trust, as well as a recognition of and sensitivity to the different cultural values and rights of Indigenous peoples and cultures.

Do you want to complete your credits to achieve your high school diploma (GED)? You may be able to do so with our help!  Your options include various adult learning programs in the region.

For more general information about alternatives approached to achieving your highschool diploma especially for adult learners returning to school.  

Is there any other information that you need or would be valuable to you on our website? Please email with any suggestions that you might have. We are always looking for ways to improve our website to serve you better.
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