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Aboriginal Initiatives

University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing

The University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing (UCAN), formerly known as the Native Access Program to Nursing (NAPN) was conceived in 1984 with an ultimate goal of increasing the number of Aboriginal people in healing careers, working towards balanced healthy communities. It has been operating within the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan since 1985 and has played an instrumental role towards its success in recruiting and retaining Aboriginal nursing students.

Aboriginal nursing advisors in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert work with students at all sites to build community, provide advisement and support. Although UCAN primarily supports Aboriginal students through their nursing education, support is extended to all nursing students when needed.

UCAN provides the following services:

  • Academic and personal advising in a culturally sensitive environment
  • Referrals/Advisement for childcare, housing and funding concerns
  • Access to emergency loans
  • Tutoring for various classes (when needed)
  • Gatherings and lunches
  • Student space with computer, printing and internet access (may vary by site)
  • Access to Elders
  • Assistance with applications and course registration
  • Partnering with post-secondary coordinators and communities

The College of Nursing has set aside 16.6% of seats for Aboriginal applicants who meet the minimum entrance requirements, including seats in our graduate level Nurse Practitioner program.

Note: Our program does not provide admission into Nursing; please see the following for program specific information:

If you have any questions or need help with current or upcoming classes, applying into Nursing, or want to schedule an appointment with an Aboriginal nursing advisor, please contact us or visit us on Facebook. Come join Canada’s most successful program for graduating Aboriginal nurses!

Quick Links

Visit our Resource Centre to view the following:

  • UCAN Information Sheet