Indigenous Education

Explore programs and courses with an Indigenous-focus, including Indigenous ways of knowing and being, Indigenous language and arts.

Faculty Profiles

Laura Johnston
Faculty
Indigenous Education, English

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The NIC Advantage

  • Customized, flexible education plans
  • Individualized support programs
  • Seamless transferability
  • In-community and land-based learning opportunities
  • Community of support including Indigenous Advisors and Elders in Residence
  • Research expertise in Indigenous language, health and incorporating ways of knowing and being into courses

Department News

NIC in the News: Indigenous language learning a right central to reconciliation
NIC Indigenous education facilitator and Kwak'wala instructor Sara Child speaks on NIC’s Indigenous language courses and the importance of language revitalization.

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Self-declare Your Indigenous Ancestry

We encourage you to declare your Indigenous ancestry. No proof of ancestry is required. You can declare when you apply or after you become an NIC student. By self-declaring you can gain access to information on awards, scholarships and bursaries, NIC programs, supports and services, and access to Priority Admission for some programs.

Priority Admission

Students with Indigenous ancestry may be eligible for a priority seat.

Elders, Advisors and Student Services

Meet the Elders in Residence, Indigenous Advisors and Student Services team who are here to support your educational journey at NIC.

Indigenous Education Handbook

You'll find details about admissions, financial and other student services as well as the spaces and supports available to you on campus.

Aboriginal Scholars

Be empowered and engaged through self-constructed achievement plans that support program completion as well as a sense of community and Indigenous awareness on campus.


Reconciliation is something all Canadians have a role in — both Indigenous and non- Indigenous. Indigenization of the academy, from a local Indigenous perspective, is a big part of reconciliation; the dialogues that occur between our students will lay the foundation for transforming relationships.

Sara Child
NIC’s Indigenous Education facilitator