First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Health Services Scholarship: Working Together for Indigenous Health

Annual $5,000 scholarship aims to improve health care and services for Indigenous communities across Canada; and is open to Indigenous students across the country, enrolled in a certified, full-time, post-secondary health profession program.

The SE Health First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Health Services Scholarship reflects SE Health’s longtime commitment to collaborating with Indigenous communities across Canada.

As a not-for-profit social enterprise, with a dedicated First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Program Team, committed to acting on the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, SE Health continues to co-develop programs with Indigenous communities and promote Indigenous-led community health solutions to impact how people live and age at home. Calls to Action 23(i) and 92(ii) focus on supporting and increasing the number of Indigenous healthcare providers and this scholarship supports these recommendations.  

Indigenous students face unique challenges and systemic barriers that make obtaining post-secondary education difficult. The scholarship promotes SE’s confidence in students’ abilities to excel in this education and training and strives to reduce the financial hardships that Indigenous students may encounter when looking to obtain health care education, while honouring some of the organization’s team members who have endured similar experiences.

Scholarship Application Criteria:

  • Must be Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or Non-Status First Nation) and able to prove ancestry (e.g., Status Card, Metis card, Inuit Land Claim Agreement, Community Connection Documentation)
  • Enrolled or accepted in a full-time health profession program with an approved post-secondary institution
  • In good academic standing
  • History of extra-curricular/community involvement
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed the SE Health, Healthcare Aide/ Personal Support Worker Program or Community Health Representative Program

Application Process

Please apply by email to atyoursidefnim@sehc.com, and include the following:

  1. A short paper (500 words maximum) or video (5 minutes maximum), explaining why you are interested in pursuing education in the healthcare field.  What motivates or inspires you to impact Indigenous Health? 
  2. Proof of acceptance into a full-time health profession program with an approved post-secondary institution
  3. Two references (e.g., academic, community involvement)
  4. Proof of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis citizenship

 You can use any one of these documents as proof of registration:

  1. Course name and date of completion of a SE Health, Healthcare Aide/ Personal Support Worker Program, or Community Health Representative Program

The scholarship opens on August 29th,2024 and the deadline for submissions is October 30th, 2024. For more information about the scholarship and the SE Health First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program, please contact atyoursidefnim@sehc.com.

Strengthening Indigenous healthcare capacity among Indigenous people will lead to transformative impacts on Indigenous health. As an Indigenous nurse who lived and worked in community, I know firsthand the importance of higher education opportunities, and the financial support to follow through with them. With this scholarship, and my impactful role at SE Health, I feel proud to give back to Indigenous people and communities across the country.”

– Dan, SE Health, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Program Team