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Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program

About the program

As a student, you'll receive academic and social support as you transition to university life in Montreal. Tailored classes in writing, study skills and time management will guide you through prerequisites and set you up for success in your degree. Plus, you'll:

Paths after the program

Upon successful completion of the Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program, you will transition into the undergraduate program you selected without the need to reapply for admission.


The Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program is open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples whose communities are located in Canada and who do not possess the standard admissions requirements to enter post-secondary education.

NOTE: Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis. Meeting the admission requirements may not guarantee admission into the bridging program. Any applicant whose academic background qualifies them for regular admission is not eligible for the bridging program.

With your application to the Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program, you will need to provide the following documents: 

  • A letter of intent outlining: 
    • Why you have chosen to study at university through the bridging program
    • The reasons for your choice of program, including your goals and aspirations 
    • Descriptions of experience, knowledge or skills which you have acquired that would assist you in your studies
  • A birth certificate or other accepted proof of age
  • Transcripts 
  • Proof of Indigenous identity
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé (optional)

Learn what you need to apply,
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Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke, a Kanien’kéha term, translates to “the four winds” or “the four directions”. These vital winds coming from different directions work in harmony with other elements to promote the growth of plant life, signaling change in the natural world. The Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program was named in the Kanien’kéha language to honour and respect the local Indigenous peoples whose territories Concordia was built upon.

Concordia would like to thank Katsistohkwí:io Jacco, who is Kanien’kehá:ka and part of the Bear Clan, for naming the Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program and providing the pronunciation sound clip.



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