Aboriginal Resource Centre

About Us
Since 1990, John Abbott College has collaborated with Aboriginal communities to offer services and programs to encourage and support the academic success and retention of Aboriginal students in post-secondary education at the college.

Today, our services have evolved to become the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre, a comfortable and welcoming place where students can come and relax, work, talk, get tutoring and counseling, as well as maintaining their identity as Aboriginal people within the college community.
The Aboriginal Centre’s friendly and knowledgeable staff supports the aspirations of the students through a range of activities and services such as academic support, tutoring, career counseling, organized social activities and workshops. Working in collaboration with Aboriginal communities and institutions including the Cree School Board and Kativik School Board postsecondary student services, the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre develops programs and provides services that address the unique needs of our Aboriginal students.

Teachers and other community members of the college are also welcome to visit the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre to gather information and access a wealth of Aboriginal literature for classroom and cultural enrichment purposes.

Programs and Services for Aboriginal Students

Programs for Cree Students
A two-semester preparatory program will prepare Cree students for the college program of their choice and to help others students who are unsure of their career path, to explore their options. The aim of this program is to help students:

  • Develop a sense of belonging within the college environment
  • Understand the college system and the student’s role within the system
  • Learn how college programs fit into the development of a career plan
  • Acquire study skills and patterns of behavior needed to succeed in college
  • Develop college level English reading and writing skills
  • Gain credits toward their DEC

Prior to the start of the semester, the students will attend a one-day orientation. The orientation activities will be directed toward establishing relationships, group building and developing familiarity with the college environment.

How to apply
Everyone applying to John Abbott College must complete the online application at http://sram.omnivox.ca

Select the pathways option: “Springboards to a DSC: Option orientation/exploration”, program # 081.A6

Aboriginal Studies Certificate

The Aboriginal Studies Certificate will be of interest to all students, whether they are Aboriginal or of any other ethnic origin. It will provide the student with awareness of the important contributions Aboriginal peoples have made and continue to make in national and global contexts. It will also allow students to better understand the values and dignity of Aboriginal peoples.

For more information visit: http://www.johnabbott.qc.ca/aboriginalstudies


The Aboriginal Student Resource Centre offers students a friendly lounge area where they can discuss school work, meet friends, plan social activities, or just hang out.

The centre also provides:

  • A study area with computers and printers
  • Aboriginal Studies Library
  • Guidance with registration and school system procedures
  • Help with course assignments
  • Tutoring
  • Study skills workshops
  • Life skills workshops
  • Social activities
  • Help with personal concerns
  • Communication with sponsoring school boards

The Aboriginal Student Resource Centre supports all Aboriginal students through a successful transition to college life.

Contact Us
John Abbott College
Aboriginal Student Resource Centre H-417

514-457-6610 ext. 5824

Pedagogical Counsellor
514-457-6610 ext. 5032