Visit Nukskahtowin, our Indigenous meeting place

Athabasca University respectfully acknowledges that we are on and work on the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We honour the ancestry, heritage, and gifts of the Indigenous Peoples and give thanks to them.

Visit Nukskahtowin

The word “inukshuk” means “in the likeness of a human.” For generations, Inuit have been creating these impressive stone markers on the vast Arctic landscape. Inukshuks serve several functions, including guiding travellers, warning of danger, assisting hunters and marking places of reverence.


AU’s Indigenous unit, Nukskahtowin, which means meeting place in Cree, is a welcoming space for all peoples regardless of race or identity. It is a centre for ideas and people to come together with Indigenous knowledge, research projects, and academic programming.

The primary goal of Nukskahtowin is to acknowledge and develop traditional Indigenous knowledge and to support, protect, and preserve Indigenous knowledge, education, and oral traditions.

Learn more about Nukskahtowin

Indigenous Circle at AUSU

The Circle carries the spirit of Indigenous people’s strength, resilience, and customs into colonial spaces as they collaborate with the Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU).

They represent the needs of Indigenous students at AU and guide the AUSU as they address the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Learn more about The Circle

Tuition decrease for Indigenous learners

As part of Athabasca University’s commitment to enhancing access and equity for Indigenous learners, AU has implemented a 10% reduction in undergraduate tuition fees for Indigenous students. This 10% discount will be applied to the tuition portion of AU undergraduate course costs for courses starting on Sept. 1, 2024, and beyond.

Athabasca University will require proof of ancestry to be provided prior to this discount being applied.


Spaces for reflection

The Linda Bull Memorial Garden and Bertha Clark-Jones O.C. Art Gallery are two important spaces at Athabasca University to reflect and remember the lives lost and Survivors of Canada’s residential school system.

The garden honours the legacy of the late Linda Bull, O.C., who was Cree and one of AU’s first Indigenous academics, while the art gallery is named after Bertha Clark-Jones, O.C., a Cree-Métis who devoted her life to advocacy, in particular for Indigenous women and children.

Watch the video below to learn more about the spaces and the legacies they honour.

Contact us

Please reach out if you’d like more information about support for Indigenous students at AU.

1-800-788-9041 ext. 5054

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