About the Aboriginal Resource Centre

About our service

The University of Ottawa’s main campus is built upon the ancestral lands of the Algonquin Nation. The creation of the Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) in 1997 marked the beginning of a new relationship between the University of Ottawa and Aboriginal learners. The Centre became part of the Student Academic Success Service (SASS) in 2003.

As supported by the University of Ottawa’s Strategic Plan Destination 2020, our priority is to enhance our recruitment efforts of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, and provide the necessary support to ensure their success at the University of Ottawa.

Our mandate

Build a culturally sensitive and welcoming climate for Aboriginal students and provide services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to support their classroom, career and personal goals in a manner consistent with their culture and values.

The Aboriginal Resource Centre team is constituted of

  • a Manager who serves as a counsellor and a link between students and services available at the University of Ottawa and in the region;
  • an Outreach Officer who is the link between the University and Aboriginal populations in Ottawa, urban organizations and First Nations communities, recruitment of Indigenous students and retention;
  • an Elder-in-residence who functions as a great resource to ensure and promote emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness of Aboriginal learners at the University of Ottawa;
  • a Senior Advisor of Aboriginal Initiatives who aims to improve university experience, to ensure better integration between study programs and services, and to increase the participation and involvement of Aboriginal communities.

Our team

Patricia Lacroix – Manager, Aboriginal Resource Centre
613-562-5800 ext. 4566

Sebastien Pilon – Aboriginal Outreach Officer
613-562-5800 ext. 4529

Morning Star – Elder-in-Residence
613-562-5800 ext. 2856

Our partners

Aboriginal students can count on other SASS services, such as Counselling Services and Academic Writing Help Centre, where counsellors can meet with you during scheduled times at the Aboriginal Resource Centre or at their service location.

Rosemary Ernhofer – Professional Counsellor, Counselling and Coaching Service
613-562-5800 ext. 6893 or 2856

Bruno Cyr – Writing Advisor, Academic Writing Help Center
613-562-5800 ext. 2694 or 3354

Hours of operation

September 5 to April 30

Monday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


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