Gilakas’la NIC respectfully acknowledges we operate within the unceded traditional territory of the Kwaguł.
Kwak'wala name: Mixalakwila
NIC was honoured to receive the Kwak’wala name Mixalakwila, meaning "maker of what’s been dreamt about." The Elders chose Mixalakwila because they believe the College is a place where your dreams for the future can come true.
Naming the NIC campus in Kwak’wala recognizes and honours the traditional territory of the Kwagu'ł and is an important step towards reconciliation. We hope the new campus name will feel welcoming, especially for those who may have previously felt excluded from higher learning and create a place where their Indigenous identity and knowledge are respected.
Watching the naming ceremony
NIC's Mixalakwila campus serves students throughout Northern Vancouver Island, including Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Port Alice, Alert Bay and Sointula.
2018 marked the opening of the 6,000 square foot campus location in the heart of Port Hardy at the Thunderbird Mall. This site is centrally located for students and includes $1.4 million dollars in renovations and investment to provide a modern, up-to-date and student-focused location to support student learning.
Located in the heart of Port Hardy, the Thunderbird Mall is easily accessible for students in Port Hardy and those commuting from near-by communities. The campus is accessible by walking, driving or by the Mount Waddington Transit system
At present, there are no student residences. NIC students typically live with a roommate, rent an apartment, a house, or a room. Below are some suggestions about how to approach finding a place to live.
Living with a student roommate
If you would like to live with another student, you can search for a roommate through the local Craigslist or newspapers. You can also put up a notice on the local college bulletin board or in coffee shops when you arrive.
Renting an apartment, house or room
If you prefer to live in an independent rental, such as an apartment or a house, there are several ways to find one. Local newspapers and websites are the best options for accommodation in the community. Some housing options can be found on usednorthisland.com.
Most students secure accommodation before they arrive because it’s generally easier in advance. When it’s not possible to get living arrangements organized before arrival – or for short term courses - students may need short term accommodation. Generally housing boards are the best option for this sort of accommodation.
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