Information for Stoney Nakoda Graduating Students

Information for Stoney Nakoda Graduating Students Local Programs & Funding


Graduate To Do List:

  • Pay Grad fees (If you have paid your student fees, this might already be paid - check with Sarah in main office)

  • Check myPass to ensure you are on track with credits

  • Ensure you are in good academic standing by June 14th

  • Check volunteer hours with Mrs. Kim Janse (HOW MANY DO YOU NEED?)

  • Review the Grad Handbook for deadlines

Graduation Banquet - THURSDAY JUNE 27th (TIME??)
The Grad Banquet is at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff on June 27th
**Each Grad gets THREE guests
Tickets go on sale at the end of April.

Commencement Ceremony - FRIDAY JUNE 28th 7:00pm
**There will be a mandatory Cap and Gown rehearsal for all grads at 11:00 am on Friday, June 28th.*** Students who do not attend the rehearsal should not expect to participate in the ceremony.

The 2019 Commencement Ceremony (Cap and Gown) will be held in the CCHS gymnasium on the evening of Friday, June 28th from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Grads must arrive by 5:45 pm in order to pick up their cap and gown, dress and assemble for the group photo.



In order to apply for funding through your band or other sources, you will (or could) need the following documentation:

  • Personal Identification

    • Status Card

    • Individual Band Number

    • Letter of Band Membership Status

  • Health Card Number

  • Birth Certificate

  • Alberta ID - through registry

  • Official High School Transcripts (myPass)

  • Tax Assessment

  • $ for Application ($75)





Contact:     Lacey Twoyoungmen -

Deadline:    May 31st for Band Sponsored application to Institutions
*To note: Funding is on a first come/first served basis - so best to apply early as there is a wait list. Priority is given to new graduates.

    **Applications will be available at Graduate Information Night at CCHS



    Contact:     Cindy Daniels -

            Emily Hunter- Secretary Bearspaw Post Secondary

    Deadline:     June 30th



Contact:     Sonja Hunter/House  -





Freehorse Society

Freehorse Family Wellness Society (FFWS) is a non-profit organization that administers a post secondary funding program on behalf of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). This program is run in accordance with the Post Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) and University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEP) Policies of INAC.


Freehorse Society Continued…

A Complete Handbook for Application Process is available here:

Please carefully review the required documentation and make sure you have everything ready.

To note: You will need a letter proving you have been denied funding by your band to apply.

Indspire provides hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and awards to thousands of Indigenous students every year! Check them out here:


For a list of more Funding, Bursaries & Resources check these websites:





Chiniki Post-Secondary- College

High School Upgrading (up to 21 years of age)

Sunchild E-Learning - High School upgrading


Wesley Post-Secondary

Wesley Elders Lodge Campus

Sunchild E-Learning


Bearspaw Post-Secondary

Bearspaw - various institutions


Bow Valley College - Canmore Campus

High School Upgrading and Post-Secondary Programs

Contact:     Caylen Houghton

Student Navigator, CRPS Outreach/Bow Valley College

(403) 812-1004 Direct Line



Bow Valley College - Canmore Campus

April Bellregarde

Indigenous Student Recruitment Specialist

P. 403-476-2256     e.


Mount Royal University (MRU)’s Aboriginal Education Program (AEP)
& Iniskim Center

Contact:     Melanie Parsons, Indigenous Recruitment Officer

t. 403.440.5596  e.


The Aboriginal Education Program (AEP) is a University/College preparation program for students of Indigenous ancestry. The program is designed to meet the needs of Indigenous students who are preparing to pursue a post-secondary education.

Step 1: Bring your Detailed Academic Report (DAR) or unofficial high school transcript and complete an AEP application during the information session

Step 2: Write placement test(s) - Math worksheets are given out at the info session to help you with studying. English component can not be studied for. Test does not determine acceptance, but just helps them to understand where best to place you in classes, what levels, etc.

Step 3: Use acceptance letter to secure funding

Step 4: Register into classes

Step 5: Attend Aboriginal Education Program (AEP) orientation

Information sessions held at the Iniskim Center at MRU for Fall 2019 semester are as follows:

  •  March 8, 2019       

  •  March 29, 2019

  •  April 26, 2019

  •  May 10, 2019

  •  May 24, 2019

Placement tests for Fall 2019 semester are as follows:

*All testing begins promptly at 9:00a.m (you have 3 hours to write). You will meet at the Iniskim Centre (room T110).  You may not attend a testing session without first attending and applying to the AEP at one of our information sessions.  If you arrive late you will not be admitted and will be asked to return on another day.

  • March 11, 2019

  • April 1, 2019

  • April 29, 2019

  • May 13, 2019

  • May 27, 2019   
    **There might also be a chance to write the MRU exam at Morley Community School (April 25 or May 2 TBD)


University of Calgary - Indigenous Students Access Program (ISAP)

Contact:    Cate Hanington, Coordinator Indigenous Student Access Program

The Native Centre, University of Calgary
    P. 403.220.5975    e.


The University of Calgary offers an Indigenous Students Access Program for eligible Indigenous students, including First Nations (Status and Non-status), Métis and Inuit. This program offers first-year university classes coupled with enhanced academic and cultural supports.

ISAP is designed for Indigenous students moving from high school, upgrading or university and college entrance programs (UCEP) to post-secondary degree programs. It is also for returning post-secondary students who may have taken a break in their studies.

The program provides students a foundation of first-year university classes and supports, as well as assisting students in the selection of post-secondary courses relevant to their target degree programs. Once students complete a minimum of one and a maximum of four semesters in this program, they can apply to a post-secondary degree program. Courses taken in ISAP, will apply toward credit in their degree programs.

Deadline:     May 15th, 2019 (Applications are NOT online)
        You must contact Cate Hanington at 403.220.5975 or





SAIT - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology - Chinook Lodge Resource Center

Contact:    Tapaarjuk (Tap) Moore, Indigenous Student Advisor

Chinook Lodge Learner Academic Services

        Phone: 403.210.4028  email:


The Chinook Lodge Resource Centre — "the Lodge" — is a place for Indigenous learners at SAIT to gather, connect with peers, access advising and counselling, get assistance with financial aid and housing, speak with Elders and others from the community, participate in events, network and more.

  • Access advisors who can assist you with program and funding applications, locating housing and more.

  • Meet with program and career counsellors to get assistance with career and program planning.

  • Develop successful learning strategies to prepare you to succeed in your studies.

  • Access computers, quiet and group study space, and a place for you to connect with your peers.

  • Meet with Elders for cultural and spiritual advising and ceremonial smudging.

  • Networking events provide you an opportunity to meet with prospective employers.

  • Events and programming provide you with an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous heritage, diverse culture and achievements.

Most programs FULL for Fall 2019. Apply in October 2019 for the following September 2020.
Contact Tapaarjuk (Tap) Moore, Indigenous Student Advisor P: 403.210.4028  email:

Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD)

Acceptance is based on academic standing and the merit of your portfolio.



Application form, non-refundable $110 fee, and in-progress transcripts
Priority Application deadline: February 1
General Application deadline: First-come first-serve