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Visit us at Cplul’kw’ten
- Learning Circles
- Soup Day
- Academic support
- Health and wellness support
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Elder in the House
Elders provide personal consultation, conversation, guidance and
mentorship to Indigenous students.
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The Indigenous Mentor Program assists new students with a successful
transition into TRU.
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I took a campus tour and was brought to Cplul’kw'ten, and the supportive atmosphere there made me feel a little less nervous about moving so far away from my hometown. So far, I’ve really appreciated the volunteer opportunities that I’ve had, such as participating in the TRU Powwow. Also, the ability to speak freely about language, reconciliation and culture with others at Cplul’kw'ten has been really important.
Ts'mshian from Kxeen (Prince Rupert),
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
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Our services support you along the way
We have an awesome team to support Indigenous students. Plus many excellent resources.
- Cplul’kw’ten: The Gathering Place
- Mentor Program
- Elder in the House Program
- Tuition Support
- University Preparation
TRU’s tuition fees are among the lowest in BC. Students who self-identify may be eligible for post-secondary education sponsorship from their band or other Indigenous organizations. Sponsorship often includes support with tuition, book costs and living allowance. TRU can help with the sponsorship process.
There are scholarships specifically for Indigenous students, including Ch’nook Scholars, Indigenous student awards and Indspire bursaries and scholarships.
Equity admission means a percentage of seats are reserved for students from diverse backgrounds (such as Indigenous students) if they self-identify and meet admission requirements. This includes spaces in competitive programs like nursing, social work, education and law.
University Preparation is a program for students who did not complete high school or those who need more skills or prerequisites to take post-secondary courses. UPrep is available at TRU’s Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses.
Indigenous Pathways to Health Careers assists Indigenous students in finding their needs and strengths to get into programs for health careers.
Why should you self-identify as Indigenous?
When you fill out your application form, you will find an optional section on Indigenous self-identification. By checking the Yes box, you make it easier for us to advise you about services and events that might be of interest to you. Be assured your information is confidential.
Seven steps to enrolling at TRU
Connect with a Qelmúcw Recruiter - Advisor to answer your questions and choose a program.
Apply. Include your application fee, transcripts and any other relevant documents.
Get accepted. Register and pay your tuition deposit, or arrange for a sponsorship letter.
Pay the balance of tuition and fees. Choose whether you want extended health coverage. Send in a selfie for your campus card, get your UPass and check out your card benefits.
Plan your courses. Academic advising can help.
Attend orientation and drop in at Cplul’kw’ten or The Gathering Place.
Let the classes begin.
Thompson Rivers University campuses are on the traditional lands of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops campus) and the T’exelc (Williams Lake campus) within Secwépemc'ulucw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc people. Our region also extends into the territories of the St’át’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Nuxalk, T?ilhqot'in, Dakelh and Métis peoples.
We honour this connection through an array of programs and services to welcome and support Indigenous students.
Walking alongside you is our Services for Indigenous Students team, supporting your transition to university life with mentoring, life skills coaching, counselling and other services.