Native Access Program

Our Native Access Program is intended for students of Aboriginal ancestry who have not met the regular or mature university entry requirements, or who require academic preparation to become eligible for admission to a Lakehead University program. 

Our innovative programming honours and celebrates Aboriginal heritage while providing culturally appropriate support services. Academic counselling and tutoring is also available, contributing to an environment conducive to success and support.

Over nine months you will complete core courses in English, Study Skills, Indigenous Learning, Mathematics and Science. You will develop:

  • Essential research, study, and communication skills
  • Knowledge about Aboriginal history, traditions, and culture
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • University program planning abilities
  • Applied Science and Math skills

With the support of faculty, peers and the community, your successful completion of the program will ensure your eligibility for admission to a Lakehead University program of your choosing*.

*Prerequisites apply for some programs. Check the Admissions page for more details or contact the Office of Admissions & Recruitment.

Lakehead Advantage

As a graduate of the Native Access Program, you will be academically prepared for admission to a Lakehead University program, and you will also earn three university credits. Depending on your program of choice, these credits may be applied toward the completion of your degree. This gives you a head start on your undergraduate degree and will allow you to take a partial course load as you move into upper years of study.

The program size ranges from 15-30 students, all of whom take the same classes together. This is to ensure you, as a student, will experience your education in a stable and comfortable setting with strong peer support. Many students are from rural communities and bring their families and children with them as they work through the program. 


What our Students Say

As a Cree woman from Long Lake #58 First Nation, it is important to share with you that the Native Access Program was a critical stepping stone to my academic successes.




Native Access Program, English, Education

Read more about Keri Cheechoo's experience.

Masters of Education, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Native Access ProgramLac Seul First Nation I registered in the Native Access Program at Lakehead University in 1994. I chose this...




Education, Native Access Program

Read more about Fay Zoccole's experience.