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Aboriginal Ecotourism Training Program

Aboriginal Ecotourism Training Program is a partnership between Vancouver Island University, Heiltsuk Tribal Council and North Island College. Funding provided by both the Government of Canada through the Canada- British Columbia Job Fund and the Province of BC. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a comprehensive post-secondary institution located on Vancouver Island. VIU’s main campus is […]

Aboriginal Ecotourism Training Program is a partnership between Vancouver Island University, Heiltsuk Tribal Council and North Island College. Funding provided by both the Government of Canada through the Canada- British Columbia Job Fund and the Province of BC. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a comprehensive post-secondary institution located on Vancouver Island. VIU’s main campus is located in Nanaimo, with regional campuses in Duncan and Powell River and a campus centre in Parksville. More than 18,000 full-time and part-time students are enrolled in adult basic education, career, technical, trade and academic programs leading to certificates, diplomas and baccalaureate and masters degrees. The Heiltsuk Nation is a First Nation government located on BC’s central coast with the largest community, Bella Bell on Campbell Island. The nation elects its chief and 12 council members that are the political body for the nation and oversees all other operations. North Island College opened in 1975 and now offers more than 900 courses and 70 credit programs ranging from adult upgrading to trades training and university courses. NIC operates four campuses and one centre providing northern Vancouver Island and the BC mainland coast access to post-secondary educational opportunities. The flexible nine-month Aboriginal Ecotourism Training Program is designed to give you certified skills for employment within British Columbia’s rapidly growing Aboriginal Tourism sector, while benefitting from an applied learning experience that provides a Certificate in Adventure Tourism and Recreation to those who successfully complete all the courses. Participants are brought together for 6-10 days/month at various locations where Aboriginal ecotourism is provided to complete course work. The program is delivered in a unique, community-based format where students travel to different communities participating in ecotourism activities once a month for seven months, and then enter a two-month internship. Experience coastal British Columbia through place-based approach to training by traveling to and learning in communities involved in Aboriginal Ecotourism. Hear directly from Aboriginal entrepreneurs who are working in the ecotourism industry, and be welcomed by local Chiefs and Elders to their territory. Earn a certificate in Adventure Tourism and Recreation from Vancouver Island University, and credit towards North Island College’s Adventure Guiding certificate and Tourism Management diploma, all of which can lead to further degree-level studies.

https://aboriginal.viu.ca/sites/default/files/viu-aboriginal-ecotourism-brochure.pdf

Kwak’wala Language Group

There are approximately 100+ Kwakwaka’wakw members living in Nanaimo, BC. The Kwak’wala Language Group started in Nanaimo in September 2017. Three faculty members from Vancouver Island University (VIU) wrote a proposal to the Aboriginal Service Plan, which is administrated through the Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement, to fund the program. It was a success! […]

There are approximately 100+ Kwakwaka’wakw members living in Nanaimo, BC. The Kwak’wala Language Group started in Nanaimo in September 2017. Three faculty members from Vancouver Island University (VIU) wrote a proposal to the Aboriginal Service Plan, which is administrated through the Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement, to fund the program. It was a success! Now, the program is offered every two weeks to all ages at Shq’apthut “A Gathering Place” at VIU Nanaimo campus.

http://www.native-languages.org/kwakiutl.htm

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Cultural Program

The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw has a harsh history due to the Canadian Government relocating them from their traditional territory in the 1960’s. K’odi teaches his children language, songs and dances, traditional food preparation, cedar bark stripping, and anything cultural. Through his work at the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw school, he shares his knowledge of cultural ways of knowing and being […]

The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw has a harsh history due to the Canadian Government relocating them from their traditional territory in the 1960’s. K’odi teaches his children language, songs and dances, traditional food preparation, cedar bark stripping, and anything cultural. Through his work at the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw school, he shares his knowledge of cultural ways of knowing and being with the children in his classes.

https://coastfunds.ca/first-nations/gwasala-nakwaxdaxw-nation/

Dominic Beaudry – Best Practices in Indigenous Education

Dominic Beaudry discusses the importance of strategic learning, land based learning as well as the importance of language when striving for excellence in Indigenous education.

Dominic Beaudry discusses the importance of strategic learning, land based learning as well as the importance of language when striving for excellence in Indigenous education.

Elder-in-Residence helps pre-K learners at Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society feel at home

Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society’s elder-in-residence shares her work supporting the Early Learning pre-K program, and how young learners benefit from having a grandmother figure at school. https://www.opokaasin.org/programs-serv  

Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society’s elder-in-residence shares her work supporting the Early Learning pre-K program, and how young learners benefit from having a grandmother figure at school.

https://www.opokaasin.org/programs-serv

 

Use of Blackfoot language and culture in kindergarten classroom at Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society

In this interview, kindergarten teacher Arlene Ward speaks on the importance of culturally relevant and diverse books for young learners, how she integrates Blackfoot and other languages into her curriculum, and why culture-based classroom activities make a difference for her students at Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society. https://www.opokaasin.org/

In this interview, kindergarten teacher Arlene Ward speaks on the importance of culturally relevant and diverse books for young learners, how she integrates Blackfoot and other languages into her curriculum, and why culture-based classroom activities make a difference for her students at Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society.

https://www.opokaasin.org/

Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate Program

Dr. Verna Billy-Minnabarriet sits down to talk about the one of a kind Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate Program offered at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

Dr. Verna Billy-Minnabarriet sits down to talk about the one of a kind Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate Program offered at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

Native Studio Art

Dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience and in the empowerment of artistic people who are creative in different disciplines; art, drawing, carving, cooking, music, and more. Art is multicultural learning and encourages us to bring aspects of our cultures into the space and is the core to our being. Through the courses, Barbara provides guidance […]

Dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience and in the empowerment of artistic people who are creative in different disciplines; art, drawing, carving, cooking, music, and more. Art is multicultural learning and encourages us to bring aspects of our cultures into the space and is the core to our being. Through the courses, Barbara provides guidance in marketing of your art and improving your skills. Barbara coaches you in the ability to create your own successes. Barbara Derrick provides navigation for artists that want to become artistic entrepreneurs. It’s not just about the creation of Art, it is about you! Art is a product and showcasing it to the world so you can live your life fully, and live out your dreams. To come to understand how your brand can connect with a certain audience and how to tap into the market. To create, grow and connect with your audience means to become empowered by knowing your value and purpose, and seeing your vision unfold before you.

https://www.nativestudioart.net/

The River Program at Katarowki Learning Centre

Interview with Kelly Maracle & Michael Payne about Katarowki Learning Centre, an alternate secondary school in Kingston.

Interview with Kelly Maracle & Michael Payne about Katarowki Learning Centre, an alternate secondary school in Kingston.

The Aboriginal Family Center

We are funded by PHAC, sponsored by the Labrador Friendship Centre, We offer Family Program, School Readiness Program, and Healthy Baby Club.

We are funded by PHAC, sponsored by the Labrador Friendship Centre, We offer Family Program, School Readiness Program, and Healthy Baby Club.