Indigenous Learners

Post-secondary education is key to unlocking the full potential of Indigenous British Columbians and their communities. First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples are the fastest growing segment of British Columbia’s population. Investing in post-secondary education and training for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples will help address forecast labour market shortages, position Indigenous British Columbians to take advantage of the economic opportunities that exist in the province, and enhance their participation in the social, cultural and economic life of their communities, the province and global society.

BC's colleges are actively committed to working with Indigenous communities and leaders to increase opportunities for Indigenous learners, support education and skills training, and partner on community development.

BC's colleges have staff dedicated to Indigenous education, elders who provide wisdom and support, and Gathering Places to help celebrate and create a welcoming environment. Colleges want to ensure Indigenous values are respected and supported across campus.

On an ongoing basis we are committed to supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

There are 8,575 Indigenous learners at BC colleges, representing 10.37% of all domestic 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 Indigenous 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 organize cultural activities and events for new and existing learners.