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First Nations Transition

This program, held at NIC’s Port Alberni campus, is designed to help Aboriginal students make a successful transition to college and is based on recommendations of the West Coast Advisory committee. It is comprised of two courses: FNS 060 First Nation Study Skills I and FNS 061 First Nation Study Skills II. For more information contact the Aboriginal educational advisor at the campus nearest you.

Priority Admission for Aboriginal Applicants

North Island College is now offering priority admission for Aboriginal applicants in select health and community care programs. Students with Aboriginal ancestry that meet admission requirements may be eligible for seats in:

  • Bachelor of Science Nursing,
  • Early Childhood Care & Education certificate,
  • Human Services diploma
  • Health Care Assistant certificate, or
  • Practical Nursing diploma

To be considered for a priority admission seat, Aboriginal students must:

  • Self-disclose as an Aboriginal person on their application for admission
  • Meet NIC’s general admission requirements, and/or specific program requirements
  • Provide documentation confirming their Aboriginal heritage. Acceptable documentation includes:
    • a certified copy of a Status or Treaty card,
    • a certified copy of a Métis card,
    • a certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certification card, roll number, any other proof accepted by Inuit communities,
    • a certified copy of a Nisga'a card,
    • proof an ancestor's name has been entered in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act or on the Band list of an individual Indian Band or on the Inuit roll,
    • evidence an ancestor received a land grant or scrip grant under the Manitoba Act or the Dominion of Canada Lands Act,
    • written confirmation of ancestry from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada,
    • written confirmation of membership in a Band by a Band Council which has enacted its own membership code,
    • a declaration by the applicant attesting to Aboriginal ancestry, supplemented by letters supporting the declaration from an official of a recognized Aboriginal organization,
    • a certified copy of official documentation attesting to membership in a Native American tribe.

Applicants will be considered on a first-applied, first-qualified basis for all programs with the exception of Bachelor of Science and Nursing Degree, where a selective admission processes will be used. When there are more qualified applicants than seats, remaining priority admission applicants will be considered as part of the regular admission process. Or, the applicant may apply for priority admission again the following year. Please note seating is limited and all unused priority admission seats will be returned to the general application pool no later than the final payment deadline or 30 days prior to the program start date, whichever comes first.

Any applicant to NIC who self-discloses as Aboriginal will receive information on priority admission. Any Aboriginal student or person interested in more information may also contact an Aboriginal Advisor at their local campus (see above).