Foundation Program pimâcihisowin
School of Continuing Education
The pimâcihisowin Foundation Program (PFP) is a study program designed to provide students with the skills needed to be successful in a post-secondary diploma or degree.
pimâcihisowin, which means “to create a life of independence” in Cree, is designed to address the gap between your high school credential and the requirements you need to be admitted into a post-secondary diploma or degree program. Geared primarily towards Indigenous students, pimâcihisowin includes cultural support, mentorship and ceremonial events that help you achieve your post-secondary goals.
The PFP is geared primarily towards Indigenous students and offers culturally appropriate education.
Successful completion of this program prepares students for further post-secondary studies at the undergraduate level. Upon completion of the pimâcihisowin Foundation Program, students are required to apply to a degree or diploma program. Completion of this program does not guarantee admission to another program.
Applicants must have a high school diploma with a minimum overall average of 55% in the following high school courses:
- Four subjects from group A, B, C or D courses
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to present a broad range of subjects in order to benefit from the breadth of learning and to increase flexibility of future program and course choices
- A maximum of two Group B subjects may be presented; they must be from different disciplines
- A maximum of one Group D subject may be presented. Group D subjects used for admission must be 5-credit or any combination of at least 5 credits (e.g., two 3-credit subjects)
Applicants must be 20 years of age or older and have been out of full-time high school for at least 1 year by the beginning of the intake term. High School diploma not required for mature students, but applicants must have a minimum of 50% in English 10-1 or English 10-2 (or equivalent).
Online applications are processed through ApplyAlberta, an application service used by most post-secondary institutions in Alberta. You will need to pay a non-refundable application fee to complete your online application.
All applicants are required to provide official transcripts.
Transcripts from Alberta Institutions
All application are required to provide a Letter of Intent:
- Tell us about yourself and highlight your career and personal aspirations.
- How do you see this program benefitting your education journey.
- A maximum of 1000 words
Submit the required additional documents to the kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre office after you have applied to the program and received a letter of acknowledgement from the Office of the University Registrar.
The pimâcihisowin Foundation Program addresses three identified needs:
- Providing Indigenous students, the opportunity to meet admission requirements to a diploma-level or baccalaureate-level program
- Offering students, a supportive academic environment and an opportunity to gain transferable skills for a diploma or degree program
- Offering a pimâcihisowin course, academic/life skills, tutoring and cultural supports throughout the program
Each student will receive:
- Up to 6 hours of individual/group mentorship per term
- pimâcihisowin orientation (9 hours over 2 days), held prior to classes; the orientation will include university life skills, basic life skills and connections to resources and supports in the City of Edmonton and MacEwan University.
- Minimum of two Indigenous focused non-credit seminars per term, offered through kihêw waciston yearly programming
- Up to three high school equivalent courses per term to fulfill admission requirements or for competitive entry to programs
- Up to nine credits of post-secondary courses over two-to-three terms. These courses can be used by students to fulfill elective requirements.