Indigenous Students

Committed to Indigenous learners success

BC Post-Secondary institutions strive to support Indigenous students


Pursue and participate in Indigenous culture, community, and ways of knowing on your educational journey.

We acknowledge with respect that the land on which we learn and work is unceded Indigenous territory in British Columbia.

Explore your campus' services and programs and access services focusing on Indigenous resources and supports, like those listed below. Participate in those that resonate with you and build up your community.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT HEALTH AND WELLNESS
  • Advising services. Get help with an education plan and course selection. Find out about various on-campus and off-campus student-support programs which will help you with your studies.
  • Specialized programs e.g., Indigenous credential options within degree or diploma programs
  • Indigenous adult learners transitioning into post-secondary programs
  • Counselling services. Get help with non-academic questions or personal challenges.
  • On-campus Indigenous community space. Find connection within your institution’s indigenous centres, e.g. First Nations House of Learning, Gathering Place.
  • Leadership development programs. Take on new responsibilities to develop your confidence and leadership skills.

CULTURAL SUPPORT FINANCIAL SUPPORT
  • Student orientation programs. Introduces you to the facilities that are available on campus.
  • Indigenous student associations. Find (or create!) clubs with like-minded individuals on campus. 
  • Social and cultural events. Check for activities to attend with other students.
  • Elder programs, where elders will visit you on campus and provide advice, listen, share, and help celebrate your success.
  • Scholarships and bursaries. Talk to your campus financial aid advisors and check their websites for resources.
  • Indigenous-focused research funding. Find (or create!) grant opportunities to do research in your field of study or within your community.
  • Child and family care. Check if your school has services or daycare for students who have children.
Achieving Indigenous Student Success

Find funding opportunities that fit your specific situation. A good place to start is talking with members of your community, your local band office, or with the Financial Aid Advisor at the institution you wish to attend. Take time to research and coordinate your funding options, it will make your time as a student less stressful.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Aboriginal Learning Links

Funding options, including band sponsorship, as an Indigenous student seeking post-secondary education.

Government of Canada: Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool

Database of more than 500 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada.

Government of Canada: Canada Benefits

A list of federal, provincial, and territorial programs and services you may be eligible for.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) Post-Secondary Student Support Program

Financial assistance to First Nations and eligible Inuit students who are enrolled in eligible post-secondary programs.

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC)

Indigenous students who do not have Band membership can contact BCAAFC for information on financial supports.

BC Government First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program

Funded by Province of British Columbia to support cultural, educational and economic development programs for Indigenous people, communities and businesses in B.C.

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Employment & Training Program

Funding for education and training throughout BC.

New Relationship Trust (NRT) Student Funding

Scholarships and bursaries for eligible First Nations students at recognized post-secondary institutions.

Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society: Indigenous Awards

Three award programs for students who identify as Indigenous, defined as First Nations (status or Non-Status), Metis or Inuit, pursuing post-secondary education in BC.

Indspire

Bursaries, scholarships and awards for Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education, apprenticeships, skilled trades, technology programs or a variety of other programs.

M'akola Development Services

Annual scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous youth in BC.

PUBLIC POST-SECONDARY INDIGENOUS OFFICES

Institution

Indigenous Services

Location

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Indigenous Services

Lower Mainland

Camosun College

Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen – Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections

Victoria

Capilano University

First Nations Student Services

North Vancouver

Coast Mountain College

Indigenous Resources – Student Support

Northwest BC

College of New Caledonia

Aboriginal Resource Centre

North/Central BC

College of the Rockies

Indigenous Education Services

East Kootenay

Douglas College

Aboriginal Student Services

Lower Mainland

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Aboriginal Program Office

Vancouver

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Aboriginal Student Services

Lower Mainland/Victoria/Kelowna

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Indigenous Services for Students

Lower Mainland

Langara College

Indigenous Education & Services

Vancouver

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Support Services

Merritt/Burnaby

North Island College

Aboriginal Education Services

North Vancouver Island

Northern Lights College

Aboriginal Services

Peace Region

Okanagan College

Aboriginal Services

Okanagan

Royal Roads University

Indigenous Education and Student Services

Victoria/Vancouver Island

Selkirk College

Indigenous Services

West Kootenay

Simon Fraser University

Indigenous Student Centre

Lower Mainland

Thompson Rivers University

Indigenous TRU

Southern Interior

University of British Columbia

Aboriginal Portal (UBC-Vancouver)

First Nations House of Learning (UBC-Vancouver)

Aboriginal Programs & Services (UBC-Okanagan)

Vancouver/Okanagan

University of Fraser Valley

Indigenous@UFV

Fraser Valley

University of Northern British Columbia

First Nations Centre

Northern BC

University of Victoria

Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement

Victoria

Vancouver Community College

Indigenous Education and Community Engagement

Lower Mainland/Vancouver

Vancouver Island University

Services for Aboriginal Students

Mid-Vancouver Island/Powell River