Indigenous Students

BC's colleges are fully committed to working with Indigenous partners to enhance access, provide upgrading, establish pathways to support community development, and to create life-changing opportunities for Indigenous learners.

These efforts demonstrate the colleges’ commitment to supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC.)

BC's colleges strive to build and strengthen respectful relationships and provide educational opportunities that help redress the historical and continued barriers that Indigenous peoples have faced in pursuing post-secondary education.

Indigenous students represent about 9 per cent of the total number of domestic students registered in the college system. At the 10 colleges represented by BC Colleges, there were 10,800 learners enrolled with Aboriginal identity during the 2018/19 academic year, according to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Central Data Warehouse.

Our approach to enhanced access, innovation, applied research, and new learning spaces at our colleges will increasingly be informed by the needs of Indigenous learners.

Educational Support

If you are thinking about coming to a BC college, an Indigenous Advisor can provide information and advice about programs offered on-campus or in local Aboriginal communities

Financial Support

College Indigenous Advisors can help navigate through various funding sources, including Band funding and supports for Métis students, and provide advice about student loans and other government funding support.

Cultural Support

Advisors provide cultural supports to students who may deeply miss being surrounded by Indigenous culture, or who are just beginning to learn about themselves as Aboriginal people. Colleges also organize cultural activities and events to support your emotional and spiritual well-being.

All colleges provide staff dedicated to Indigenous education, elders who provide wisdom and support, and Indigenous Gathering places to help create a welcoming environment for Indigenous students.

Colleges work hard to ensure Indigenous values are respected and supported across campus.