NIC 2016/17 Distance Education Guide
Your complete guide to North Island College’s professional, personal and academic development available by Distance Education from anywhere in BC. See what courses and programs are available online and register today!
Kwakiutl Host Eco-Tourism Students
In fall 2016, students from an Aboriginal Eco-Tourism program, developed in partnership between VIU, NIC and Heiltsuk Tribal Council, spent a week in Port Hardy, participating in a pit cook with younger students from Wagalus School and learning to tend salmon glubok (barbeque) from Kwakiutl community members. Learn more.
Aquaculture Pilot Pathway
In 2017, NIC's Aquaculture Pathway pilot program provided eight students with the opportunity to acquire essential skills transferable across sectors, while also preparing them for entry into NIC's accredited Aquaculture Technician 1 program. Students enjoyed field visits to local aquaculture farms and Canadian Coast Guard operations in Port Hardy and a guided interpretive walk of the shoreline in T'saxis (Fort Rupert). Learn more.
Stories from the Land
In November 2016, NIC's department of Aboriginal Education sponsored a two-day visit and workshop with Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media-maker and community activiter Ryan McMahon as part of his Stories from the Land 2016 National Tour.
Stories from the Land connects elders and youth, storytelling, land and reconciliation through the telling and sharing of community stories. McMahon's visit concluded with a free, live-recorded show during which workshop participants shared stories interspersed with comedy sets from McMahon at the Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre in Port Hardy. Learn more.
NIC Partners on Agricultural Workshop
NIC supported a series of workshops with an agricultural focus in 2016/17, including a tour of local gardens, a hands-on chicken husbandry workshop and a presentation on mason bees. The workshops were funded by the District of Port Hardy and the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund. NIC worked with the District of Port Hardy, The Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative and the Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society to promote and host these well-attended workshops. Learn more.
Coastal Forest Resource Program
In Winter 2017, NIC offered a Coastal Forest Resource program in Port Hardy. Students enjoyed many hands-on, in-the-field activities such as visiting the Western Forest Products log sort in Port Alice, cutting wood for Quatsino First Nation while practicing power saw training, learning helicopter safety complete with helicopter rides and more. In the last stage of the program, students gained on-the-job experience in practicums with Strategic Natural Resource Consultants, HAF Forest Services and the Regional District of Mount Waddington. Learn more.
Students Succeed in Mount Waddington
NIC has been changing lives in the Mount Waddington region since 1975.
"NIC's presence on the North Island is significant," said Caitlin Hartnett, NIC's Mount Waddington campus community coordinator. "We are very interested in working with communities to provide educational success across the region - one student, one program, one community at a time."
Read more NIC success stories in our 40th anniversary publication.
Read NIC's Mount Waddington campus newsletter
Read NIC's Mount Waddington campus newsletter for highlights of the 2016-17 year, including details about agriculture and storytelling workshops, pathway programs in aquaculture and tourism, an Education Assistant/ Community Support student-curated Truth and Reconciliation exhibit and much more. Read the newsletter.
ECCE in Mount Waddington
NIC's Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate
will be offered part-time over three years in the Mt. Waddington region starting September 2017. Advance your career and expand your knowledge in the field of early childhood education. Specialize your skills and receive certification to work collaboratively with families in the care of infants, toddlers and children who require extra support. The certificate program is held part time through evening classes, Interactive TV and online learning, allowing you to balance other commitments while you study.
Upgrading Students Study on Campus and at Sacred Wolf
NIC continues to offer upgrading in English and math at our Mount Waddington campus and at Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre. The classes are taught by faculty Sara Child and Danita Schmidt.
Gila'kasla Sacred Wolf for hosting us and Gila'kasla Chief Halagulis (Spruce Wamiss) and Elder Mildred Child for their support as co-teachers in the Kwak'wala course. Learn more.
Indigenous Pathways to Tourism program
In spring 2017, NIC offered a Pathways to Tourism program with 12 participants. the program offered students a chance to earn industry certifications and prepare them for further Tourism and Hospitality training. By the end of the program, a high percentage of students found jobs within the tourism industry. NIC student, Patricia Johnson (pictured) found employment at Port Hardy's newest hotel, Kwal'lilas, a beautifully renovated hotel built in the traditional big house style with amazing work from local artists. Learn more.
Artist Ignites Community Creativity
German-Canadian artist, Sylvie Ringer returned to the Port Hardy region in 2016, offering six-week courses which were an instant hit. She also offered a successful series of free drop-in art studio classes for all ages at Building Blocks and is taking students outdoors to teach a Plein Air class where they learn to paint and draw on the land. Learn more.
Indigenous Education Assistant Program
Students in NIC's Education Assistant/ Community Support program curated a Truth and Reconciliation exhibit to showcase their reflections on the TRC Call to Action after attending TRC talks in January 2017 with Reconciliation Canada in Port Hardy. Learn more.