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Aboriginal Student Lounges

Aboriginal student lounges are a place for Aboriginal students to connect with each other and advisors. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided, along with computer access and work tables. Stop by to plan an event, study, or discuss your education and career goals with an advisor. No appointment necessary! Lounges are available at the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and Port Alberni campuses.

Location & Hours:

  • Comox Valley:
    Discovery Hall, Room 218,
    Wednesday 11:30am - 1pm (Elders available to meet).
    Elder Fernanda Pare Fernanda.Pare@nic.bc.ca is available to meet by appointment or drop in from 9 am – 12 pm, Mon – Wed.
    Aboriginal Student Advisor, Sarah Lawrence Sarah.Lawrence@nic.bc.ca 8:30 am – 4 pm, Thurs.
  • Campbell River:
    ABE pod, Rm. C217,
    Wednesdays, noon to 3 pm.
  • Port Alberni:
    Room N104,
    open daily during campus hours

Gathering Places

The Gathering Places at North Island College promote and preserve Aboriginal culture and history. Ceremonies, celebrations, and classes all happen at the Gathering Places. Aboriginal students are invited to make use of these spaces, and celebrate their heritage. There are gathering places on NIC’s Port Alberni and Campbell River campuses.

Regional Aboriginal Advisory Committee

NIC welcomes Aboriginal student representation on the regional Aboriginal Advisory Committees. The purpose of these committees are to assist and advise NIC in the development, delivery and ongoing evaluation of services and programs designed to meet the needs of aboriginal people. The committees meet three times each year at the Port Alberni, Comox Valley, Campbell River and Mount Waddington campuses. Participation is voluntary and there is no need for election. For further information please contact the Aboriginal Education Advisors, or Lou-ann Neel, Director, Aboriginal Education at 250-923-9749 or Lou-ann.Neel@nic.bc.ca.