Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Aboriginal Education Resources

Weytk! Welcome to TRU. At TRU you will find small class sizes, personal attention and practical learning experiences in every program—all on a beautiful campus located in the Secwepemc territory of Kamloops, BC. We are committed to creating an environment that encourages students to develop a network of supports and friendships.

TRU offers a variety of services that support students through their social, personal and academic experiences. This support is accessible to all students and it is often the key to success. We invite and encourage students to take advantage of these resources.

Students at Aboriginal Transitions Day 2012 Grad photo

Aboriginal Student Services

At TRU you will find small class sizes, personal attention and practical learning experiences in every program – all on a beautiful campus located in the Secwepemc territory of Kamloops BC. We are committed to creating an environment that encourages students to develop a network of supports and friendships.

Vernie Clement in front of Gathering House and Fall tree

Aboriginal Mentor Program

The Aboriginal Mentor Program is designed to assist new students (1st and 2nd year) with a successful transition into Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

Aboriginal Mentor Request Form
Welcome Center sign with students

Gathering Place: Cplul’kw’ten

Where Fun, Food and Community are a way of life! The Gathering Place is a friendly and inviting aboriginal centre that provides information on all aspects of university life and doubles as space to socialize, study or just take a break from your day. It is truly a home away from home.


University of Choice for Aboriginal Students

With 10 percent—roughly 1,000 Aboriginal students on campus—it is clear that TRU is the University of Choice for aboriginal students. Whether upgrading high school courses, or completing a trades or degree program, we focus on student strengths and offer a variety of services to help students succeed in their chosen program. It is our aim to include Aboriginal culture, history and knowledge in curricula, research and classroom activities.

First Nations Territory

TRU is one of the largest aboriginal student populations in B.C. post-secondary institutions with approximately 1500 students who represent 16% of the student population.

Traditional Secwepemc (Shuswap) Territory

The Kamloops and Williams Lake Campuses of Thompson Rivers University are situated on traditional Secwepemc (Shuswap) territory. There are approximately 7000 Secwepemc people in the territory which spans 180,000 sq km through the interior plateau of south central British Columbia. The mountain ranges, grasslands and river valleys surrounding the Fraser, and North and South Thompson rivers create the boundaries of the territory.

In addition to Secwepemc students, aboriginal students at TRU come from several B.C. Nations, including the Carrier, Okanagan, Nuxalk, and Nlaka'pamux. Students of Métis and Inuit ancestry also attend our university. We have one of the largest aboriginal student populations in B.C. post-secondary institutions with approximately 1500 students who represent 11% of the student population.