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Indigenous Student Bursary

To support graduating Indigenous students, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) has partnered with HuFriedyGroup to launch the 2023 Indigenous Student Bursary.

Canada’s colonial policies and practices have had, and continue to have, a devastating impact on Indigenous peoples, particularly with respect to education. As Canadians acknowledge that truth and continue their reconciliation journey, CDHA is joining many organizations in leading efforts to support Indigenous peoples and the ongoing work of establishing mutually respectful relationships. Our bursary initiative is Indigenous led and guided by Indigenous cultures, values, and voices.

The 2023 application process is now CLOSED. Thank you to all who applied. Applicants will be notified in January.

The 2024 application process will open September 1, 2024.


For more information, please contact Donna Wells at

CDHA thanks the HuFriedyGroup and the members of the Indigenous Student Bursary Advisory Committee for their contributions and guidance: Stephanie Champagne (RDH), Jennifer David (NVision Insight Group), Paulette Dahlseide (RDH), Leanne Huvenaars (RDH), Drew McClelland (RDH), and Kathy Yerex (RDH).

If you or someone you know is triggered by the content on this webpage, please call the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 (toll-free) or connect with a mental health professional through Wellness Together Canada at 1-866-585-0445 (toll-free).