Indigenous students from the U.S. will now find studying at the U of R more affordable

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: June 20, 2022 8:00 a.m.

Lori Campbell, is the Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Engagement) at the University of Regina.
Lori Campbell, is the Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Engagement) at the University of Regina. Credit: Lori Campbell

Thanks to the Jay Treaty Tuition Agreement, Indigenous students from the U.S. studying at the University of Regina will pay the same tuition and fee rates as Canadian students. 

“The University, in its 2020-2025 strategic plan All Our Relations: kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak, has committed to taking significant action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action that are applicable to post-secondary education, including improving supports for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff,” said Lori Campbell, Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Engagement). “Honouring the principles of the Jay Treaty of 1794 is a step toward meeting this commitment and I am pleased to announce this tuition agreement as we approach National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.” 

By paying domestic student rates, rather than international student rates, U.S. Indigenous students attending the U of R will save thousands of dollars per term. For example, in the upcoming Fall semester, an undergraduate domestic student taking 15 credit hours (five classes) in the Faculty of Arts would pay approximately $4,167 in tuition and fees, whereas an international undergraduate student taking the same courses would pay around $11,397.

To qualify, students must provide one of the following documents at the time of application showing that the applicant is at least 50 per cent Indigenous, as specified by the American Indian Tribal membership protocols:

  • A Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) Card; or
  • A written statement from an official of the tribe from which the student or their ancestors originate (such a statement would be on the tribe’s official letterhead and should explicitly state what percentage American Indian blood the student or the student’s parents possess, based on official records).

The University of Regina is one of the few post-secondary institutions in Canada to implement the principles of the Jay Treaty in this manner.

The Jay Treaty was signed between the United States of America and Britain after the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783, ending the American Revolutionary war. The “Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation” includes the provision that allows Indigenous peoples to freely cross the U.S. border and excludes Indigenous peoples from paying duty on goods carried across the border.

The U.S. government recognizes the Jay Treaty and that Indigenous peoples from Canada with “50 per cent American Indian blood” can live and work freely in the United States without restriction. This provision is not recognized as binding by Canada. 

“Honouring the Jay Treaty, by offering domestic tuition rates to Indigenous students from the United States, helps in decolonizing our University practices by recognizing and affirming Indigenous rights,” said Campbell.  “It also creates opportunities for collaboration, network building, and research relationships for our institution.”

File

Housing Services, in partnership with the ta-tawâw Student Centre, offers Indigenous and non-Indigenous students the opportunity to experience the Neekaneewak Living-Learning Community offering academic support, mentorship, cultural events, and leadership development opportunities.

Credit: U of R Photography

Truth & Reconciliation is one of five areas of focus in the University of Regina's [2020-2025 Strategic Plan kahkiyaw kiwȃhkomȃkȃninawak – All Our Relations]. We strive to honour and integrate Indigenous ways of knowing and being in our teaching and research endeavours.