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NIC Changes Lives Through Education - One Student, One Program at a Time

Port Hardy resident Janet Hanuse has seen firsthand the difference local education makes – in her own life and in her community. “The whole reason I was able to go as far as I did was because NIC offered education close to home,” she said. “It was the gateway to where I am today.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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NIC Opens New Campus in Port Hardy

Read more about NIC's history on the North Island, learn about the unique features of our new campus at Thunderbird Mall in Port Hardy and discover programs and courses now offered in the community.


NIC 2017/2018 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!

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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.
For more information, email or phone 1-800-715-0914.
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Education Degrees and High School Diplomas

Patricia Dawson-Hunt spent the last four years on her education degree, when the most unexpected thing happened. She and eight other classmates realized they also earned their high school diplomas. Read Patricia's story.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Programs at Mount Waddington Regional Campus

Visit the Programs & Courses page for a complete list of programs available in Port Hardy.

Campus Directory

Visit the employee directory to search staff and department contact details.

Mount Waddington Regional Campus

#140 - 8950 Granville Street
Box 901
Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

Student Services and Registration

Tel: 250-949-7912
Fax: 250-949-2617

Aboriginal Education Advisor

Christy Whitmore
250-949-7912 ext 2863