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.

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

Investing in post-secondary education and training for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples will help address forecasted 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, and the province.

There are 8,500 Indigenous learners at BC colleges, representing more than 10% of all domestic learners. 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, represented and supported across campus.

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.

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.