Indigenous Initiatives

University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing

The University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing (UCAN), formerly known as the Native Access Program to Nursing (NAPN) was conceived in 1984 with an ultimate goal of increasing the number of Indigenous people in healing careers, working towards balanced healthy communities. It has been operating within the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan since 1985 and has played an instrumental role towards its success in recruiting and retaining Indigenous students.

UCAN nursing advisors in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert work with students at all sites to build community, provide advisement and support. Although UCAN primarily supports Indigenous students through their nursing education, support is extended to all nursing students when needed.

UCAN provides the following services:

  • Academic and personal advising in a culturally sensitive environment
  • Referrals/Advisement for childcare, housing and funding concerns
  • Tutoring for various classes (when needed)
  • Gatherings and lunches
  • Student space with computer, printing and internet access (may vary by site)
  • Access to Elders
  • Assistance with applications and course registration
  • Partnering with post-secondary coordinators and communities

The College of Nursing has set aside 16.6% of seats for Indigenous applicants who meet the minimum entrance requirements, including seats in our graduate level Nurse Practitioner program.

Note:  UCAN does not provide admission into nursing; please see the undergraduate and graduate program pages for program specific information.

There is a great story on our website here highlighting the success and influence of the UCAN program.   

If you have any questions or need help with current or upcoming classes, applying into nursing, or want to schedule an appointment with an UCAN nursing advisor, please contact us. Come join Canada’s most successful program for graduating Indigenous nurses!