Indigenous Student Centre

Indigenous Student Self-Identification

At UFV, students of Indigenous ancestry can choose to self-identify so that they may benefit from supportive programs and services. By doing so, students also enable UFV to identify, review, and analyze data that will contribute to improved programs and services for Indigenous learners.

Why self-identify?

By self-identifying as an Indigenous student, you can help:

  • contribute to the provision of high-quality learning opportunities that are responsive, flexible, and accessible to Indigenous students
  • contribute to strategic goals, strategies and policies as set by UFV’s Indigenous Community Council
  • track the completion and retention rates of Indigenous students
  • promote effective, respectful working relationships and partnerships with Indigenous learners and the Indigenous communities

Who can self-identify?

Indigenous ancestry for self-identification purposes follows the Canadian Constitution Act (1982), Section 35, Number 2 and includes the descendants of the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

What happens to my information?

All data will be securely stored to respect privacy and used only as a means to enhance Indigenous education programs and services within UFV. Data will be treated in the same manner as UFV Student Records and protected and governed by the Freedom of Information Act. Individual data will not be communicated. The information gathered will be used in the aggregate only and for the purpose of developing and implementing supportive programs.

Who sees my information?

All data will be securely stored to respect privacy and used only as a means to develop and enhance Indigenous education programs and services within UFV and British Columbia.  Data will be treated in the same manner as UFV Student Records.  It is protected and its use is governed by the University Act and Freedom of Information act. 

How do I self-identify?

Simply print and complete the Aboriginal Ancestry Declaration Form and submit it to any UFV main campus Office of the Registrar. For more information about Indigenous ancestry contact the Indigenous Student Centre at UFV.

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