Indigenous Student Self-Identification

What is self-identification?

At Nipissing University, students of Indigenous cultural and/or ancestral background can choose to self-identify through a voluntary and confidential online process. By doing so, students connect to the on-campus Indigenous student community and have increased access to information about specialized programs and services.

Additionally, self-identification helps the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Nipissing University to gain a greater understanding of Indigenous/Aboriginal students enrolled at Nipissing in order to enhance existing and future programs and services.

Have some questions? Drop by the student lounge, or send us an email at we look forward to meeting you!

How do students self-identify?

Just sign in to account your WebAdvisor account and follow the steps. It only takes a few minutes.

Note: Indigenous Self-Identification can be changed at any time through your Nipissing University student WebAdvisor account.

Note on Privacy: The information that you provide is kept confidential and will be stored in a secure location. Self-Identification information will be used only for purposes related to provincial reporting and planning for institutional Indigenous student support services. For more information on privacy please click here.


1. What is self-identification?

It is a voluntary and confidential online process to identify as an Indigenous student at Nipissing University. Self-identification helps the Office of Indigenous Initiatives to provide effective services and supports, and to measure the success of our efforts.

2. Why self-identify?

To connect with the Indigenous community on campus by being included in regular communication. Help the Office of Indigenous Initiatives gain a greater understanding of students on campus and provide effective programs and services.

Note: Students may access services offered by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives with or without self-identification.

3. How do I self-identify?

There are three times that you will be invited to self-identify as an Indigenous student:

  1. Application: Through the Ontario University Application Center (OUAC) application.
  2. Registration: On your Nipissing University student WebAdvisor account.
  3. Admission: When applying to Nipissing’s specialized programs, including the Aboriginal Advantage Program (AAP), Aboriginal Teacher Certification Program (ATCP), and Native Classroom Assistant Diploma Program (NCADP).

4. How will the information be used?

The Registrar’s Office will oversee the data collection and storage. All data will be securely stored to respect privacy and used only as a means to enhance programs and services in the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and elsewhere in Nipissing University as authorized by the student. As per the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act, the information will be used in aggregate (without personally identifiable information) only and for the purpose of developing and implementing supports and programs. The university will only disclose your personal information to a third party, such as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, if required by law and only after student confirmation.

For more information on privacy, please visit the following links.

Nipissing University Privacy Statement 
(Policy on Student Records, Storage and Retention, Access and Disclosure of Information)

Office of the Information and Privacy Act of Ontario

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of Ontario

5. Who will see my information?

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Registrar’s Office, and additional departments within the institution as authorized by the student.

6. Do I have to prove my Aboriginal ancestry?

No, proof of ancestry is not required to self-identify with Nipissing University. However, specific bursary and scholarships may require proof of ancestry.

7. I already self-identified, do I need to again?

You only need to self-identify once and you can withdraw at anytime. You may want to self-identify using the new system and options provided. NOTE: If you choose to withdraw, all previously reported information (e.g. number of Indigenous student enrollment) cannot be changed. However, all future reporting will reflect changes.

8. Is this discrimination?

No, it is a necessary and important step to creating an inclusive on-campus community.

9. What happens if I choose to remove my information?

You can change or withdraw your information at any time by logging into your Nipissing University WebAdvisor account and selecting "Voluntary Indigenous Student Self-Identification" under the USER ACCOUNT menu item. When you change or remove your information, any previously reported numbers cannot be altered however any subsequent reports will reflect the changes you made. If you selected to share your name and email with one or more of the department options provided, and choose to change your selections, the changes will be reflected at the beginning of the following semester.

10. What if I already self-identified prior to September 2015, should I self-identify again?

Yes. If you have self-identified previously through WebAdvisor, you are encouraged to go through the process again and review the new information and options available.


At Nipissing University, we acknowledge that beyond the term "Aboriginal" or "Indigenous" people have their own definitions of and words to describe their identity. For example, AnishnaabeOmushkegowukOnkwehonwe.

In the context of this voluntary self-identification process, the terms "Aboriginal" and "Indigenous" are defined based on the Canadian Constitution Act 1982, and refers to students who identify with First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, Inuit cultural and/or ancestral background.

Click here for additional information about definitions of Indigenous identity terms (i.e. First Nations - Status/Non-Status, Metis, and Inuit)


  • Connect with on-campus Indigenous student community
  • Enhance the ways in which Indigenous students are reflected on campus
  • Have increased access to information about specific Indigenous bursary and scholarship opportunities, support referrals and services, cultural events, experiential learning and mentorship opportunities
  • Help the Office of Indigenous Initiatives gain a greater understanding of students on-campus and design effective programs and services


Login to your Nipissing University student WebAdvisor account and choose the Voluntary Indigenous Student Self-Identification option under the User Account heading.

Note: Indigenous Self-Identification can be changed at any time through your Nipissing University student WebAdvisor account.


"Something that has been really important to me is the positive learning environment for Aboriginal people. This was the biggest reason why I chose to transfer here. The Office of Indigenous Initiatives is a great welcoming space for all students, but particularly Aboriginal students. I never realized how much I would need cultural support in my studies. I feel like I belong at Nipissing."

Autumn, Master of Arts in History
Hometown: Tiny, ON