Indigenous Identity Confirmation For Students

In response to a recommendation from the Indigenous Initiatives Strategy, Bi-Naagwad | It Comes Into View, and following an engagement process with First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, staff, faculty and community members, U of G is implementing an Indigenous identity confirmation process for some student awards, scholarships, bursaries and opportunities. 

Confirmation Process

Prepare your submission from option 1. or 2.:

Option 1: Documentary Evidence

Submit one of the following:

1. A copy of the front and back of one of the following, that is valid and not expired:

  • Indian status card issued by the Government of Canada;
  • Métis citizenship card from the
    • Métis Nation-Saskatchewan,
    • Métis Nation of Alberta,
    • Métis Nation British Columbia
    • Métis Nation of Ontario, including confirmation of a complete citizenship file,
    • Manitoba Métis Federation,
    • Northwest Territory Métis Nation; or
    • Métis Settlements General Council showing connection to a Métis Settlement of Alberta;
  • Inuit enrolment card issued by any one of the four Inuit modern treaty bodies including Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Nunavik or Inuvialuit;
  • Land claim beneficiary card; or
  • American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian citizenship document from tribes that are state or federally recognized

2. A copy of the front and back of a parent’s or grandparent’s Indian status card, Métis citizenship card (including confirmation of a complete citizenship for MNO citizens), Inuit enrolment card, land claim beneficiary card or US tribal citizenship documentation, as outlined above, along with the individuals’ long-form birth certificate or baptismal certificate that shows family connection

3. A letter from one of the organizations, governments or nations outlined above, on letterhead with contact information that includes the individuals’ name and information confirming their ancestry, kinship and citizenship

Option 2: Statement and Other Evidence

If the individual does not possess the documentary evidence outlined in option 1., they may submit a statement and other documentary evidence about their ancestry and kinship connections to an inherent and recognized First Nation, Inuit or Métis nation, treaty, land claim, territory or region for review. Depending on the individual circumstances, one or more forms of documentary evidence (e.g., oral or written format) may be required.

How To Submit

Evidence from option 1. or 2. and your name and student ID should be submitted to Indigenous Initiatives through the Indigenous Identity Confirmation Secure Link as a PDF.

Evidence may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

If it is determined that additional information is required, the individual will be contacted to discuss their agreement to the next steps which may include:

  • Contacting the organizations, governments or nations providing the documentary evidence for further information and confirmation; and/or
  • Consulting with external experts, as necessary.

Please note that identity confirmation does not guarantee selection for awards or opportunities. 

How will this information be used?

This is a confidential process facilitated by Indigenous Initiatives.

 The University of Guelph collects personal information under the authority of the University of Guelph Act (1964) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), R.S.O. 1990, c.F.31 as amended. The information collected will be used to process your request for Indigenous identity confirmation. Information may also be used by other University of Guelph officials to carry out their authorized academic and administrative responsibilities, and for other purposes as outlined in the Notice of Collection, Use and Disclosure in the applicable Undergraduate and Graduate Calendars. Should you have any questions concerning the collection of your personal information, you can contact Indigenous Initiatives at (519) 824-4120 ext. 58687. 

For More Information

For more information about Indigenous Identity confirmation at U of G visit or contact Indigenous Initiatives at

For Indigenous student support contact the Indigenous Student Centre at All First Nations, Inuit and Métis students are invited to engage in opportunities for self-identified Indigenous students including participation in the programs and services offered by the Indigenous Student Centre

Support Resources

  • Student Counselling Services: Ext. 53244
  • Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454 or Text "UofG" to 686868
  • Student Support Network
  • Keep.meSAFE for international students:
  • Elders available through Indigenous Student Centre: book by emailing
  • Compass Community Services: 1-888-821-3760 or 519-821-3760
  • Hope for Wellness: 1-855-242-3310 or
  • 24/7 Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
  • 24/7 Indian Residential School Survivors Society Crisis Support: 1-800-721-0066