Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Future Students

Cplul’kw’ten is a friendly and inviting Indigenous 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.

  • Learning Circles
  • Soup Day
  • Academic support
  • Health and wellness support
  • Counselling
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Elder in the House

Elders provide personal consultation, conversation, guidance and mentorship to Indigenous students.
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The Indigenous Mentor Program assists new students with a successful transition into TRU.
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Tristen's Story

I took a campus tour and was brought to Cplul’kw'ten, and the supportive atmosphere there made me feel a little less nervous about moving so far away from my hometown. So far, I’ve really appreciated the volunteer opportunities that I’ve had, such as participating in the TRU Powwow. Also, the ability to speak freely about language, reconciliation and culture with others at Cplul’kw'ten has been really important.

Tristen Wybou,
Ts'mshian from Kxeen (Prince Rupert),
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Meet some of our students

Kelsey Jules, Tk’emlups te Secwépemc

Bachelor of Fine Arts student Kelsey Jules is living an artist’s dream — her work will be on display alongside renowned BC First Nations artists like Bill Reid. Encouraged by faculty and sta at TRU, Kelsey applied for and won a Youth Artist Scholarship from the YVR Art Foundation. The scholarship supports her studies, including one-on-one mentorship from her visual arts instructor Eileen Leier, and her artwork on the cultural history of residential schools will be part of a year — long exhibit at the Vancouver International Airport. Kelsey is excited to share the stylistic traditions of the Interior-Salish Secwepemc (Shuswap) with thousands of viewers.

Kelsey Jules

Jason Waub-Addick Johnston, Neyaashiinigmiing

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies student Jason Waub-Addick Johnston is Ojibway-Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. Focusing on Aboriginal anthropology, adventure tourism, and tourism management, he has drafted a business plan to start his own tourism business on his home reserve. As an Aboriginal Mentor, he assisted new Aboriginal students to transition into university life, tutored, and volunteered with other mentors to host cultural events, sharing Aboriginal cultures and teachings. He has received several awards available to Aboriginal students. Jason participated in the first Knowledge Makers workshop to cultivate his research skills, and is interested in pursuing a master’s degree.

Jason Waub-Addick Johnston

Noah Nochasak, Inuk from Nunatsiavut region

A graduate of TRU’s Adventure Guide Diploma, Noah Nochasak came to Kamloops from Nain, Labrador to strengthen his paddling and broaden outdoor skills. Now completing a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Noah’s learning has been both hands-on and research-intensive: a three-week required kayaking expedition, a BIS thesis paper on adventure sports injury, a community development plan for adventure tourism in Nunatsiavut. Afer graduation — and more arctic expeditions—Noah will bring what he’s learned home.

Noah Nochasak

Talk to Cara

Our Qelmucw Student Recruiter - Advisor has answers to your questions.
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Cara Basil

Take a tour

We would be happy to show you around our beautiful campus.

Campus Tours

See our services

We have an awesome team to support Indigenous students. Plus many excellent resources.

  • Cplul’kw’ten: The Gathering Place
  • Mentor Program
  • Elder in the House Program
  • Tuition Support
  • University Preparation
Learn more about services for Indigenous students

TRU’s Kamloops campus is situated on the traditional and unceded lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc within Secwépemc'ulucw, the traditional territory of the Secwépemc people

We honour this connection through an array of programs and services to welcome and support Indigenous students.

Walking alongside you is our Services for Indigenous Students team, supporting your transition to university life with mentoring, life skills coaching, counselling and other services.