Awi'nakola tuition-free land-based learning returns to NIC

NIC’s Awi’nakola land-based learning is returning to the Mixalakwila campus in Port Hardy, starting in January.

Awi’nakola, which means ‘we are one with the land and sea’, combines in-class instruction with outdoor exploration.

“Through the Awi’nakola program we draw on Kwak’wala and our Kwakwaka’wakw ways of knowing and being to inform academic learning,” said Sara Child, NIC faculty and Aboriginal Education Facilitator. “The classes are structured to focus on student strengths and the language to nourish their spirits and work at their level. It’s really about taking a journey together as we explore land-based and culturally infused learning – the intent of which is to meet the needs of our students and help them succeed.”

Students will take English 052, which will provide them with skills needed to meet pre-requisites for many college programs and employment.

Students will also study oral and written texts by Indigenous authors in First Peoples Literature and Composition (ENG-096) and learn basic conversation, structure and pronunciation of Kwak’wala (KWA-097).

The land-based activities will vary and will include seasonal cultural activities, cedar weaving and visits to local communities.

“We try to incorporate a range of activities and experiences, with a focus on holistic learning and interests of the students,” said Child.

Applications for the January start are open now and seats are limited.

Apply through NIC's Adult Basic Education program. NIC educational advisors are also available to help with any questions on this exciting program. 

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