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Indigenous Education and Community Engagement

Supporting the success of Indigenous learners for the benefit of future generations.

VCC's Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team offers friendly, helpful, one-stop student support in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

Indigenous Education and Community Engagement provides a range of services including:

  • Program advising
  • Assistance with applications, funding, and education and career planning
  • Liaison between student and VCC programs and services, First Nation administration, sponsoring agencies and community resources
  • Assistance with transition into VCC and/or transfer to another post-secondary institution
  • Confidential Elder support
  • Cultural workshops and celebrations with Elders
  • Enhanced support to ensure overall student success

Both VCC campuses have an Aboriginal Gathering Space. Students can get assistance with their educational goals, whether you are hoping to attend VCC, a current student, or preparing to graduate/transfer to another institution. Both spaces feature study areas, MS Office and Internet accessible computers, resource textbooks, lounge and kitchen areas.

Locations and contact information

Email: indigenous@vcc.ca 

Broadway campus, level 2, building B
Phone: 604.871.7000, ext. 5048

Downtown campus, level 1
Phone: 604.871.7000, ext. 8638

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About Us

Both VCC campuses are located on land that is the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations).

VCC is a proud member of the Coastal Corridor Consortium who works to improve levels of participation and success for Aboriginal learners in post-secondary education and training in the Coastal Corridor region. The Consortium includes the following ten partners: ‌

  • Lil’wat Nation
  • Musqueam Nation
  • Sechelt Nation
  • Squamish Nation
  • Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • United Native Nations
  • Métis Nation British Columbia
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Capilano University
  • Native Education College 

The Consortium's knowledge-based strategies are informed by First Nations derived local area research. 

For more information, contact the Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department.

Proposed Aboriginal Service Plan 2016/17 - 2018/19

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Become a VCC Student

As a new student at VCC, you'll find a variety of opportunities that may assist you with your program planning, such as regularly scheduled information sessions and tours. Indigenous advisors can help with pre-admission services such as requesting band funding for your education and gathering your education records and transcripts for your application.  Aboriginal photo gallery

VCC serves a large Indegenous population that is underrepresented in post-secondary education, and offers priority registration to qualified Indigenous students in all courses and programs. Candidates are invited to self-declare when applying for admission to the college. For more information, please read our Aboriginal Education Enrolment Policy.

Learn more about your program or course of interest online, find out about enrolment information, or book an appointment with an Indigenous advisor or program advisor who can assist you by interpreting the college's policies and develop an educational plan to meet your academic, career and life goals. They also help with your transition into VCC programs as well as transfers. Advisors are committed to help make your path to school and experience at VCC a successful one.

To book an appointment, call 604.443.8453 or email indigenous@vcc.ca.

If you need to write an assessment to enter a program within VCC please visit our Assessment Centre.

Start an education plan. Some tools that may assist you are:

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Funding & Financing

Financing an education can be quite challenging. The Coastal Corridor Consortium estimates that only about 30 per cent of Aboriginal learners are successfully funded for their education.

At VCC, Indigenous students can access a wealth of information to help fund their education. Scholarships are provided by different organizations and awarded to students depending on various criteria. Two additional options that may help finance your education are the BC Student Loan and Canada Student Loan programs.aboriginal dancer in an elaborate costume

AHRDA Funding

The Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreement Holders provide funding for Indigenous peoples (Status Indian, Métis, and Inuit) to pursue post-secondary education that leads to employment, including funding through: 

For more information about post-secondary support for Indigenous students, read the First Nations Post-Secondary Education Handbook for the BC Region.

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Scholarships & Bursaries

VCC's Financial Aid and Awards office has a variety of scholarships, bursaries and student loan programs to help students fund their education. Different organizations provide scholarships and awards to students depending on various criteria. A bursary is a non-repayable award available to students on the basis of demonstrated financial need, while student loans are repayable.

To learn more about the funding options, email an Indigenous advisor.

External Scholarship & Bursaries for Indigenous Students 

 

 

Other On-campus Services

VCC students also have access to a number of other on-campus services, such as:

 

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"In the past all of our Nations of people, red, yellow, black and white were hunters of the land and waters. We all used the natural resources available to us, however today in our urban societies these resources are limited, and in order to survive we must maintain our cultures and become modern day hunters through education - degrees, diplomas, and technical trades are the tools that will allow us to grow into the future." ~ Elder Leonard George