Aboriginal Office


Emily Carr University of Art and Design is situated on the unceded, traditional, ancestral territory of the Coast Salish Peoples,including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Emily Carr University is committed to providing the necessary support to Aboriginal students to ensure their academic success. The University provides admission and
transfer advising services and educational support service resulting in excellent retention and graduation rates for Aboriginal students. We have had a steady increase in our diverse Aboriginal Student population as well as an increase in our Aboriginal programs. The Aboriginal Program Office provides culturally appropriate support that encompasses both traditional and contemporary artistic and cultural expressions of Aboriginal peoples, and is a valuable resource for students to access traditional materials/supplies. The Aboriginal Program team also assists with the promotion and coordination of events and workshops related to Aboriginal art and culture, and is responsible for providing information regarding Aboriginal funding, scholarships and awards.

Director, Aboriginal Programs
Brenda Crabtree, B.A., M.A.
T 604.844.3088 F 604.844.3089
E bcrab@ecuad.ca

Associate Director, Aboriginal Programs
Connie Watts

Aboriginal Program Coordinator
Sydney Pickering
(604) 630-4578‬

Aboriginal Gathering Place

Emily Carr University’s Aboriginal Gathering Place is a centre that reflects the cultural characteristics of our Aboriginal students, community and traditions. This space is dedicated to student projects, workshops, ceremonies and celebrations of the University’s Aboriginal community. The Gathering Place allows our Aboriginal students to develop and strengthen their identities in a supportive, safe environment. The design of the space is relevant to and congruent with Aboriginal philosophies and values.

Friendly folks from the Admissions team can show you around the campus.
Tours for the Undergraduate Programs take place every Friday from 12-1pm (with the exception of holidays).
•    email admissions@ecuad.ca to register.
•    Please note, our tours are in high demand and book-up quickly so please email well in advance of your preferred date(s).

Graduate Studies tours are available by request.
•    email masters@ecuad.ca with your interest.

Who is an Aboriginal Student?

Aboriginal includes First Nations (status and non-status), Metis or of Inuit backgrounds – from North America. Students with Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to self identify on their application forms and contact the Aboriginal Office. The Coordinator communicates with Aboriginal students regarding grants, meetings, special events, Aboriginal community resources and other relevant activities.