The Cercle des Premières Nations de l'UQAM started in 1990 under the name Committee of First Nations of UQAM, and many Aboriginal students were involved. In 1993, it adopted its current name and secured an office on campus. One year later, the student group became a non-profit organization.
The Circle is unique among student associations as it brings together students from diverse Aboriginal Nations in Canada, contributing to the cultural life of the university. It is also supports students from different Aboriginal communities, which can contribute to their academic success. In addition, our organization supports students in their adjustment to the urban environment, since Aboriginal students who leave their communities may experience difficulties in adapting to city life. The Circle provides a unique contribution to the students of UQAM.
Over the years, we have organized activities both on and off campus. These activities are either political, cultural or artistic in nature. We are proud to be the first francophone university organization devoted to supporting Aboriginal students in an urban environment.
The Circle of UQAM is a group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students that aspires to be a resource centre and support centre. Since the beginning, the Circle's goal was to bring together Aboriginal students and any one with an interest in the cultures and realities of First Nation people in Canada.