Indigenous student programs and services | Mount Allison

Kwé — Pjila’si — Welcome

Mount Allison is located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaw people in the greater territory of Mi'kma'ki. We are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and play on this land.

The University has supports and programming available for Indigenous students and continues to take important steps to improve support and services for Indigenous students.

New! Belize Field School for Indigenous Students

Indigenous students from the Maple League of Universities — Mount Allison, St. Francis Xavier, Acadia, Bishop’s — will come together to have a short-term study abroad experience in Belize through Galen University in the spring 2022, 2023, and 2024 terms, focusing on sharing their Indigenous experience and learning about other indigenous cultures abroad.

Through Global Skills Opportunity bursaries, all expenses for Indigenous participants will be covered in an effort to reduce barriers for students who would like to have an education abroad experience.

Learn more about the Belize Field School for Indigenous Students (Global Skills Opportunity).

Supports for Indigenous students

If you are an Indigenous student, please take a moment to self-identify in Connect.

Self-identifying as an Indigenous student ensures our Indigenous affairs co-ordinator can reach out to you and make certain you are provided with supports as required, including scholarship and bursary information, academic supports, mentorship, experiential learning opportunities, and invitations to special events.
To self-identify:

  • log into your Connect account
  • click on My Profile in the Academic Profile section
  • choose your self-identification in the dropdown menu

If you have self-identified, please contact the Indigenous affairs co-ordinator, Patty Musgrave Quinn, upon your arrival at Mount Allison.

Indigenous affairs co-ordinator

The Indigenous affairs co-ordinator works with staff, faculty, students, and volunteers across the University to develop pre-university enrichment programming, as well as services to support Indigenous students as they pursue their academic goals.

Contact Patty Musgrave Quinn: | (506) 364-2127
Student Life Office
Wallace McCain Student Centre
Room 291

Indigenous Student Support Group (ISSG)

Founded in 2012, ISSG welcomes, supports, mentors, and educates Indigenous students and non-Indigenous friends in a positive and social environment on campus.

The group shares their culture on campus through events such as powwows, vigils, and visiting speakers. The group also selects a member to represent Indigenous students on the Students' Union and University Senate.

Students can join ISSG at the annual MASU Clubs and Societies Fair at the beginning of the academic year.

You can also contact the group through social media:

Indigenous Mentorship Program

The Indigenous Mentorship Program pairs upper-year Indigenous students or allies from the Indigenous Support Group with first-year students to aid in the transition from high school to university.

Students act as mentors, welcoming new students into the Mount Allison community and making sure they know how to access available resources on campus and get the support they need.

To learn more about the mentorship program, contact

Indigenous student funding

There are various options for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit student funding.

If you are living in a First Nation community, reach out to your education director or Post-Secondary Team to determine whether or not you can access funding.

If you are living off-reserve, if you are unsure how to access funding, or if you are seeking additional funding information, contact the Indigenous affairs co-ordinator at Mount Allison, Patty Musgrave Quinn,

Scholarships and bursaries for current students are also available throughout the year, please reach out to find out more.

Experiential learning

Indigenous students at Mount Allison have an opportunity to access experiential learning opportunities through Future Wabanaki, a partnership between New Brunswick employers, universities, Indigenous students, and the Government of New Brunswick.

Future Wabanaki can help you:

  • build a stronger bridge between your academic learning and real work through a variety of experiential learning opportunities on or off-campus
  • connect directly with New Brunswick employers earlier, increasing your ability to attain meaningful careers in the province upon graduation
  • gain skills and competencies you will need to remain competitive while responding to the labour market demands throughout the province

Through the Future Wabanaki program, opportunities include:

  • work-integrated learning: internships, co-ops, or practicum/clinical
  • course-based learning: community engaged learning, project-based or case-based learning
  • applied research: applied or community-based research, field experiences
  • co-curricular development: conferences, events, work-study

Interested in participating? For information on current experiential learning opportunities through Future Wabanaki, contact Patty Musgrave at or call (506) 364-2127.

Other student supports

All Mount Allison students have access to programs and services that help support them throughout their studies. Explore the following pages to find out more about services available to you.

Other resources on campus

Indigenous spaces

Mawita’mkw, an Indigenous gathering space, is located at the Wallace McCain Student Centre. Other Indigenous spaces on campus include the Indigenous Gardens and the University Sweat Lodge and teepee.

Ceremony, events, and activities

Indigenous events and activities on campus include our annual Powwow and Sweat Lodge ceremonies. Other events recognized on campus annually include Treaty Day, National Indigenous Peoples Day, and more.