The First Peoples’ House of McGill University


Mission:The First Peoples’ House believes that innovative partnerships should exist between McGill University and Aboriginal communities. The First Peoples’ House aims to provide Aboriginal students with a “home away from home” and envisions the following:To increase the admission and retention rates of Aboriginal students studying at McGill.

To promote and increase the accessibility of student services of McGill to Aboriginal students.

To meet the concerns of Aboriginal communities which include educational programming and policies that are culturally relevant to Aboriginal peoples.

To promote collaborative research and learning between McGill University and Aboriginal communities.

To raise awareness within the McGill University community regarding the past, present, and future aspirations of Aboriginal peoples through the promotion of activities that encourage personal, social, intellectual, and cultural interactions between Aboriginals and McGill students and staff.

To work on the creation of an Aboriginal Studies Program with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

Contact Information:

First Peoples’ House at McGill
Peel 3505
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1W7
Tel.: 514-398-3217 | Fax: 514-398-816


         The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC)


The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada was established in 1994. Its mission is to:

  • promote a better understanding of Canada through the study of our heritage;
  • develop a clearer understanding of Canada’s social, political and economic future;
  • identify and explore the benefits that a pluralistic society offers;
  • support the study of Canada across the country and internationally.

In order to achieve these goals, the Institute:

  • encourages a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Canada;
  • promotes public as well as university-based education about Canada;
  • fosters the development of networks in the areas of Canadian Studies;
  • enhances informed discussion of public policy.

McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC)
3463 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1W7
Tel.: 514-398-8346 |


Office of Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE)

The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office is committed to fostering a fair and inclusive environment that respects the dignity of each member of the McGill Community. By actively educating, heightening awareness, and providing opportunities for dialogue about equity and diversity-related issues, we strive to strengthen the Community in our shared responsibility toward a truly equitable society.Our Goals

  • Raise awareness and understanding by members of the University Community on matters of equity, diversity, discrimination and harassment;
  • Make connections between different members of the McGill Community, and the wider communities in Montréal, Québec, and across Canada in order to foster dialogue, networks and learning, and to develop and promote best practices;
  • Organize events and information campaigns through workshops, guest speakers, and print and electronic media;
  • Provide members of the McGill Community with help to understand the relevant policies and their implications.
  • Inform members of the McGill Community of available avenues and mechanisms to which they can direct their concerns.

Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE)
3610 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2
Tel.: 514-398-2039





McGill Aboriginal Outreach

An innovative program designed to encourage First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth to pursue studies at McGill that is now in full swing. Also a partnership with First Nations communities that has been essential for the realization of this initiative, which works on:

• Outreach and Engagement with the Aboriginal Community

  • Access, Recruitment and Admissions
  • Student Support and RecognitionContact Informatione
 Indigenous Students Alliance (ISA) 223403_429945480418715_1946489349_n

The ISA is a student-led group, which strives to seek out the wants and needs that exist within the Indigenous populations on campus, and to provide integrative support to and connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples throughout McGill University and Montreal. Our vision is to respectfully represent Indigenous Peoples on campus and foster creativity, growth, innovation, development, and education in all of our endeavors, and to offer a platform for Indigenous voices.

Contact Information


The Anthropology Student’s Association

The Anthropology Students’ Association represents the interests of students in the Department of Anthropology.Leacock Building
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

 The Dean of Arts’ Development Fund

The Dean of Arts’ Development Fund consists of Alma Mater Fund donations designated to the Faculty of Arts. It is spent at the Dean’s discretion to support faculty projects, as well as undergraduate and graduate learning.In the past, the Dean of Arts’ Development Fund has supported projects such as Research Time Stipends, academic initiatives – such as speakers and conferences – graduate student teaching awards, undergraduate research assistantships and student

The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill is a non-profit, student-run organization that conducts research, education, and action on environmental and social justice issues at McGill University and in the Montreal community. With such a broad mandate, QPIRG brings together a wide range of activists interested in many different issues.QPIRG-McGill is opposed to all forms of discrimination on the basis of: class, gender, race, sexual orientation, and dis/ability.QPIRG-McGill is run by a volunteer Board of Directors which is responsible for QPIRG management, budgeting, project development, staff, working groups and the development of the group’s political vision. Every March, students are elected at the Annual General Meeting open to all QPIRG members. In addition, the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) and the Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) each have one representative on the Board.

Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill University 3647 University, 3rd Floor, Montreal, Quebec, H3Z 2P8
T 514-398-7432
F 514-398-8976 Hours: Monday – Friday 11 – 5 PM. We regret that our space is not wheelchair accessible

AUS- Arts Undergraduate Society

The Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University represents all Arts undergraduate students (those pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts & Science degree). Every Arts undergraduate student is automatically a member of the AUS. We are independent of McGill University.We:

  • Represent student interests to the University, the government and other organizations
  • Maintain a student lounge in Leacock basement (B-12)
  • Plan events throughout the year, including our famoous Arts Frosh in August
  • Hold Pub Nights every Thursday in the Arts Lounge
  • Fund a magazine, Steps, and an online publication, Leacock’s
  • Host a Graduate Schools Fair, Career Fair and Charity Fair
  • Manage the Arts SNAX tabagie in Leacock
  • Guide and fund departmental associations
  • Allocate money for student journals and special projects
  • Collect fees supporting a student work program and a capital improvement fund
  • Oversee fine arts initiatives including a Fine Arts Council and a theatre society
  • Spearhead a first-year council for Arts students
  • Run a summer phone and chat line for incoming students


 SSMU- Student Society of McGill University

The SSMU stands for the Students’ Society of McGill University! We, in short are your student union. Every undergraduate at McGill is a member of the SSMU. We are here to speak out for you and advocate for your interests. On the local, university levels this means being your representation to the McGill administration. We work hard for fairer academic justice processes, better quality instruction, and better services for students. On the broader level, we are also strong advocates for accessible, quality, public education. We speak up and organize students for better public funding, and against unsustainable tuition fee increases. We also aim to provide you with everything you might need during your time here at McGill that isn’t provided by the University itself.For all general inquiries, please call our front desk at (514) 398-6800
3600 rue McTavish, Suite 1200
Montreal, QC H3A 1Y2

McGill Social Work Student Society (SWSA)

SWSA works to represent social work students’ interests politically and facilitate meaningful learning opportunities outside of school.

Contact Information

3506 University Street, Room 314 Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2A7
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  IAM- Indigenous Access McGill

What they do

  • provide support to students from First Nations and Inuit communities studying in the Health and Social Services disciplines at McGill (Social Work, Nursing, OccupationaI Therapy, Physiotherapy, Dietetics and Speech and Language Pathology)

What they offer

  • a dedicated support team of advisors who will offer mentoring and tutoring on all aspects of your studies
  • a direct link to all the resources available to students at McGill from counseling to study skills, from writing skills to library research and much more
  • the use of a resource centre in the School of Social work where you can consult documentation, do on-line research, discuss with other students, talk to the tutors
  • an opportunity to get together with other First Nations and Inuit students and to support each other
  • a summer support program for First Nations and Inuit students who have been accepted into the social work program or one of the health disciplines mentioned above – two weeks of mini-courses, field placement visits, introduction to McGill support services

Indigenous Access McGill Office McGill University School of Social Work 3506 University, Room 319 Montreal QC H3A 2A7

Aboriginal Law Association (ALA)

The Aboriginal Law Association (ALA) is a group of McGill Law students committed to raising awareness about legal issues affecting Aboriginal Canadians. ALA members seek to expose students at the faculty to the legal traditions of aboriginal peoples. The ALA is a non-hierarchical club open to everyone.
Aboriginal Health Interest Group of McGill

We are a group based in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill, but welcome everyone interested in promoting and improving the health of aboriginal people, families and communities in Canada.Our VISION: Healthy and vibrant Indigenous nations, communities, families and individuals supported by an abundance of well informed Indigenous and non-Indigenous health care practitioners working together.Because… HIV, TB, diabetes and suicide rates in Canada’s First Peoples are unacceptably high; there are incredible young Aboriginal leaders that would make terrific doctors and nurses if given the opportunity; a lack of sustainable health care workers for northern communities; a lack of interest among medical students in pursuing a northern career; a need to inform health care workers of traditional healing and cultural practices; environmental health impacts of climate change, Hydro development, persistent organic pollutants; Justice for all.

Our areas of action:
Locally= Lobbying to improve conditions in Montreal
Broadly= Lobbying to increase enrollment of aboriginal students in the health professions

Locally= Hosting events, engaging media, reaching out to raise awareness

Locally= Connecting volunteers with local organizations including the Native Friendship Centre and the Native Women’s Centre

Locally= Training medical students in cultural sensitivity and preparedness
Beyond= Funding options, SARROS, etc

Contact: If you want to get more actively involved, join the googlegroup at