Indigenous Student Services

Tansi, anin, edlanet’e, hau and tanshi!

Welcome to the Saskatchewan Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) with a presence on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories and the homeland of the Métis.  The SCBScN program strives to support Indigenous students in their journey to compete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Equity Seats

The SCBScN and After Degree Nursing Program have designated 17% of new student admissions for Indigenous applicants. Indigenous people are those who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis within Canada. This percentage is representative of the Indigenous population within Saskatchewan. These seats are distributed throughout all sites and program routes. Students within this category must fully meet all admission criteria. Applicants must supply proof of Indigenous Ancestry upon application.

The SCBScN program also recognizes other Indigenous people of Turtle Island. Indigenous people who fall under the Jay Treaty will be offered domestic tuition and may be eligible for a designated Indigenous seat if space permits.  Applicants must supply proof of Indigenous Ancestry upon application.

If you are an First Nation, Métis, or Inuit applicant, you may qualify for an equity seat if you provide one of the following forms of verification:

  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Métis Membership Card
  • Letter of confirmation of Indigenous ancestry from either your Band’s Indian Registry Administrator or Métis Local

If you have questions about how to qualify for one of these seats or how to self-declare please contact one of our Indigenous Advisors:

Celeste Pelletier
University of Regina
Academic Advisor and Indigenous Support Coordinator

Suzanne Toombs
Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Indigenous Nursing (SPIN) Advisor

These Advisors support Indigenous applicants and students in their transition to post-secondary learning and living environments.  They know the challenges Indigenous students can face, are familiar with Indigenous and nursing cultures, and understand the importance of cultural awareness, sensitivity, competence, humility, safety, and respect. They can provide the following:

  • Assistance with applying to the program
  • Guidance to successfully complete your application and submit your required documents
  • How to self-declare as an Indigenous student
  • Access to tutoring (if needed)
  • Assistance with applying for scholarships and bursaries
  • Access to Elders/Knowledge Keepers/Old Ones
  • Help you network with fellow Indigenous students
  • Indigenous Student Orientation
  • Summer Transition Program


There are various student groups, supports, and events offered through the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, such as: