Native Education College opened its doors in 1967 and became British Columbia’s largest private Aboriginal College. The College’s mission is to meet the needs of adult students who require developmental, vocational, or applied academic programs to access employment or further post-secondary education.
The Little Badger Early Learning Program serves children aged 18 months to 6 years who live in the Columbia River Valley. The Program provides learning activities that foster every aspect of a child’s development: social, emotional, physical, and intellectual. The Program is owned by the Akisqnuk First Nation.
The Indigenous Adult & Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) was created to represent and support Aboriginal-controlled adult and post-secondary educational institutions in BC. The IAHLA provides a unified voice for its 38 member institutions, and it supports them through research, professional development, and networking opportunities.
The First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) works on behalf of First Nations controlled schools in BC. The FNSA support schools in creating effective, nurturing, and culturally appropriate education environments. Almost all of the 128 First Nations schools in the province are members of the Association.
The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) was founded in 1992 by participants at a provincial education conference at the Vancouver Friendship Centre. The goals of the FNESC are to improve the quality of education provided to First Nations students and to help students succeed academically.
The En’owkin Centre provides educational programs aimed at preserving Indigenous culture and restoring the Okanagan language to its rightful place as the communicator of culture. The Centre’s programs are developed and implemented with the participation of Elders, parents, and the community.