Aboriginal Education Services
Each year, more than 1,240 students from 35 First Nations discover their path through NIC. We proudly offer Aboriginally focused student services, culturally significant programs, and customized training delivered in First Nations communities to meet the needs of Aboriginal learners. Learn more about this commitment in NIC’s Aboriginal Service Plan 2015/16 – 2017/18.
For a full list of services read the Aboriginal Education Guide , or contact NIC's advisors and elders.
North Island College's commitment to Aboriginal Education has been evident throughout its 40-year history. It was the first post-secondary institution in BC to appoint an Aboriginal director to its senior education table, to hire a First Nations coordinator, to adapt curriculum to include First Nations perspectives in nursing and to sign a national Indigenous Education protocol alongside 35 First Nations. NIC now has four Aboriginal Education advisors and five Elders in Residence, as well as a host of Aboriginal focused services and programs, each prioritized by regional advisory councils.
"Our relationship with First Nations across the region is key to providing communities the opportunities they're looking for," said Kelly Shopland, NIC's Director of Aboriginal Education, "Our successes belong to the council members, elders, advisors, and all the community members who inform our decisions and support Aboriginal Education across the region."
Our campuses and centre are located in the traditional territories of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw, the Nuu-chah-nulth and the Coast Salish peoples of Vancouver Island. We raise our hands to the Chiefs and Elders of these territories where we are guest.