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Thinking about continuing your education or looking for some financial help to kick off your studies?  Check out the BC Aboriginal Student Award and Aboriginal Teacher Education Award.  Awards of $1,000 - $5,000 will be awarded to Aboriginal students enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies at least nine weeks long.  You could be one of them!  

Apply before March 31st, 2015.  Details are available at:


NIC offers two students $2,100 to study peace in Bosnia and Croatia

Two NIC students will have the opportunity to accompany one or more NIC faculty to the Seedlings of Peace peace camp in Latinovac, Croatia this summer.

Visit former conflict zones and meet with peace activists and academics concerning the causes, progression, effects and possible healing of the conflicts that formed the 1990’s Balkan Wars before and after the camp. Explore your own individual research projects, which may not be limited to peace studies.

Successful student applicants will:

  • Participate in a peace camp for Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian youth where you can observe and explore efforts to promote harmony, healing, and reconciliation
  • Learn more about the roots of the Balkans conflict
  • Learn about the effects of the conflict through the experience, knowledge and stories of those who have gone through the conflict, as well as those who have been dealing with its aftermath
  • Experience first-hand the lands, the people, and their cultures
  • Strengthen intercultural competencies through building relationships with others in the peace camp and the local communities
  • Develop a personal project with either a historical or current focus for which you will receive three units of academic credit at NIC
  • Develop a manual and/or recommendations for future student participants in future initiatives for NIC International

Amount of Award: $2,100

  • $1,800 study grant (to cover educational and travel costs)
  • $300 for report (for completion of student report for NIC international)

Register for NIC’s HISTORY 205 field study course, Travels in Time, supervised by Dan Hinman-Smith. In consultation with Dan, decide on a focus and project. Norman Bendle and possibly NIC faculty member, Naomi Wolfe will accompany you in Latinovac. Student reports will be written upon return to Canada.


Selection Criteria


  • Complete the Application form and email it to
  • A commitment to fully participate in all field study activities
  • Registration in HIS 205 for the summer of 2015
  • Interest in peace studies
  • Interest in learning more about the region, its peoples, and its cultures



  • A sense of adventure
  • Desire to meet and share experiences with youth and adults from other cultures
  • Proven academic success
  • Knowledge of the history and geography of the region
  • Knowledge of Serbian, Croatian, or Bosnian culture/language
  • Family or personal connections to the region
  • Interest in/knowledge of forms of non-violent conflict resolution
  • Some individual travel experience (not including family travel)
  • Courses in war and peace studies
  • Good intercultural and communication skills

For more information, email


Thursday, March 26, 7pm - Tyee Hall Student Lounge, Comox Valley Campus

Join the NIC Write Here Readers Series for an evening with celebrated poet Russell Thornton. Admission is free and open to everyone.

Russell Thornton is the author of six collections of poetry, The Fifth Window (Thistledown, 2000), A Tunisian Notebook (Seraphim, 2002), House Built of Rain (Harbour, 2003), The Human Shore (Harbour, 2006), Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain (Harbour, 2013), and The Hundred Lives (Quattro, 2014).

His work was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize in 2004 and 2014, the ReLit Award in 2004, the Raymond Souster Award in 2014, and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2013. His poems have appeared widely in Canadian literary journals and anthologies.

For more information on this event or the Write Here Reader Series, call 250-334-500 ext. 4017.

NIC's Aboriginal Education Department and the Business Students' Association present:

Money & Borrowing: Managing Credit in the Real World
by Lynn Collins

Lynn Collins specializes in banking, investments, savings, and loans at the Coastal Community Credit Union, where she has worked for 23 years. The Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis band member is an active board member on BC’s Native Courtworker and Counselling Association and has served on the Wachiay Friendship Centre Board of Directors for nine years.

When: Thursday, March 26, 3 pm
Where: Tyee Hall, Room 113, Comox Valley Campus
Admission: Open to everyone, lunch provided, admission is free

Come enjoy an evening film and share a hopeful, practical view on the future of our environment as North Island College's Global Learning Initiative presents Permaculture: The Growing Edge, a documentary by Donna Read and Starhawk.

Film Presentation - Monday, March 30

Location/time: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley Campus, 7 pm
Admission: Admission is by donation to NIC Global learning Initiative

Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. The film introduces some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others. 

Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. “Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon future,” says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.

Follow up Community Discussion - Wednesday, April 8

Location/time: Zocalo Cafe, 208-5th St. Courtenay, 5 to 8 pm

NIC's Global Learning Initiative will be hosting a community discussion surrounding local and global issues of social justice and food security arising from this film. This gathering will be a great opportunity to connect with fellow community members to enjoy discussion following the screening. All are welcome.

For more information on these events, please call 250-334-5067 or email

When: Tuesday, March 31, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: C-Wing, NIC Campbell River Campus

Do you have questions about your NIC Foundation Awards application? Learn more about how to apply online for scholarships and bursaries at this Awards Application Workshop. Drop in and we can help!

You can pick up a copy of our 2015 Guide to Scholarships & Bursaries, or view it online at

Students who stop by with questions will be entered to win a draw prize.

For more information contact Erin Petersen 250-334-5000 Ext. 4039 |


When: Wednesday, April 1, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Cafeteria, NIC Port Alberni Campus

Do you have questions about your NIC Foundation Awards application? Learn more about how to apply online for scholarships and bursaries at this Awards Application Workshop. Drop in and we can help!

You can pick up a copy of our 2015 Guide to Scholarships & Bursaries, or view it online at

Students who stop by with questions will be entered to win a draw prize.

For more information contact Erin Petersen 250-334-5000 Ext. 4039 |

When: Wednesday, April 8, 7pm (doors 6:45 pm)
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley Campus
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $8 for kids. Purchase in person at Alberni Outpost or the NIC Bookstore (Comox Valley campus) or online:

Alberni Outpost and the North Island College Adventure Guiding programs present Rapid Media's 10th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival, showcasing the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is a film contest awarding winning films in 10 categories. The winners and other shortlisted films are then toured to more than 100 cities around the world, screening for an audience of more than 30,000 outdoor adventure enthusiasts and their friends and families.

For films and schedule, visit

When: Thursday, April 9, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley Campus
Register by April 7. Call 604-666-6680 or email for details.

Statistics Canada is pleased to offer a free information session on the data that are available for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit from the 2012 Aboriginal People’s Survey and the 2011 National Household Survey.

There are a number of analytical and data products on Aboriginal peoples that might be of interest to you, your community or your organization.

On November 25, 2013, new data were released from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey, describing the education and employment characteristics of First Nations people living off reserve, Métis, and Inuit aged 6 years and older. The survey also collected information on health, language, income, housing and mobility.

Data from the 2011 National Household Survey, released throughout 2013, will also be highlighted
with a focus on Aboriginal peoples.

A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

When: Thursday, April 16 to Jun 04
Where: Trades Training Centre, Comox Valley Campus
Cost: $699 + gst
Course Code: GENI 1257

Develop your woodworking skills in one of the North Island's best equipped Trades Training Centres this spring!

NIC is offering Comox Valley residents a new Introduction to Carpentry course for beginner carpenters.

Access NIC's equipment in new Trades Training Centre as you learn to safely use table saws, jointers, planers, sanders, routers, and drills.

You'll create hands-on projects with expert instructors from NIC's Carpenter Apprentice programs.

Students are required to wear CSA safety footwear in the shop, as well as bring an imperial and metric measuring tape, notebook, and pen to class. All other supplies are included.

The course runs Thursday evenings, from April 16 to June 4, 2015, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Class size is limited. Register before the April 7, 2015 registration deadline to secure your spot.

Register online or call 250-334-5005 for more information.

When: Thursday, April 16 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: Metal Jewellery Design Studios, Campbell River Campus

Attend the Metal Jewellery Open House event at North Island College. Meet students and instructors, view student work, and talk to them about equipment, skills, and techniques. Admission is free, and open to everyone.

Students will have some pieces for sale. Visitors can also learn more about the Metal Jewellery Design certificate as well as other jewellery courses and programs at NIC.

Everyone is invited. Come and enjoy refreshments, congratulate students, or just drop-in to say hello!

For more information, call 250-923-9724 or email


When: Thursday, May 07 at 6:30 PM to Jun 02
Where: Metal Jewellery Studio
Cost: Free, pre-registration required
Course Code: GENI 1212

Get the technical skills you need to work within the jewellery industry, or run your own studio or business.

Attend one of two free information sessions Thursday, May 7 or Tuesday, June 2 to learn about NIC's Metal Jewellery Design certificate program and part-time courses. Meet instructors, ask questions, and discover the field of jewellery making and design.

Both sessions run from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Admission is free, but registration is required using the course code GENI 1212.

For more information, contact Julia Peters at 250-923-9724 or email