Supporting Indigenous Students

The Indigenous Community at Carleton

Each year we welcome over 600 First Nation, Métis and Inuit students into the Carleton community.

Carleton’s Centre for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement provides safe spaces for dialogue and learning through cultural activities and events, inclusive spaces and student supports. Their team connects students to Indigenous faculty and staff who are eager to support them on their learning journey. They also deliver resources and training to educate the Carleton community about the experiences, histories and worldviews of Indigenous peoples.


Indigenous Enriched Support Program

The Indigenous Enriched Support Program (IESP) is Carleton’s unique entrance program designed for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners who wish to pursue post-secondary education but do not meet Carleton’s standard admission requirements. Students take first-year credit courses while benefiting from a supportive environment of peer mentors, academic coaches, academic advising and personalized workshops. For more information, visit our website or contact

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Photo of Kaitlin Joyce, Indigenous Initiatives Recruitment Coordinator

Meet the Indigenous Initiatives Recruitment Coordinator

My name is Kaitlin Ransom and I am the Indigenous Initiatives Recruitment Coordinator at Carleton University.

A little about me and how I help Indigenous students transition to university studies at Carleton

I am Algonquin and my family roots are from Pikwàkanagàn (Golden Lake First Nation). My role is to support Indigenous students on their journey to Carleton and ensure a smooth and peaceful transition. No matter where you are in your post-secondary journey, I’m here to answer any questions you might have about being a student at Carleton!

Have questions about coming to Carleton?
Reach out to me at any time at

Kinàmàgawin: Learning Together

Carleton is committed to reinvigorating efforts to support Indigenous learners and bring Indigenous knowledge into classrooms. The launch of — a long-term Indigenous strategy with 41 Calls to Action — signifies an important milestone in shaping a more welcoming space for Indigenous students and faculty members within the Carleton community.


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For a list of the many awards offered to Indigenous students coming to Carleton, visit our Awards website. These awards are in additional to general bursary and scholarship opportunities available to prospective students.

More information

Please refer to our Indigenous Student Viewbook which outlines the many resources available to Indigenous students at Carleton. For questions about being an Indigenous student at Carleton, please reach out to Kaitlin Ransom, Indigenous Initiatives Recruitment Coordinator, at

The work of the Centre for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement at Carleton is guided by a deep connection with ancestral teachings and recognition of the Algonquin People within whose territory the office is located. For more information about the Centre, please visit Centre for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement or email



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