First Nations colleges and Indigenous learning providers offer adult learning opportunities in an Indigenous context.
Students benefit from wraparound services, including cultural supports that are integral to both their academic achievement and their personal wellbeing.
First Nations colleges
First Nations colleges deliver:
- foundational learning
- preparatory programs
- training programs
- credentialed programs, including Indigenous language and cultural knowledge
Some programs are offered in partnership with other Alberta publicly funded post-secondary institutions. These colleges develop and approve mandates to guide their operations.
First Nations colleges in Alberta
|Maskwacis Cultural College||
||Samson Cree Nation, Maskwacis||Maskwacis Cultural College mandate|
|Old Sun Community College||
||Siksika Nation||Old Sun Community College mandate|
|Red Crow Community College||
||Kainai Nation, Stand Off||Red Crow Community College mandate|
|University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills||
||St. Paul||University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills mandate|
|Yellowhead Tribal College||
||Edmonton||Yellowhead Tribal College mandate|
Most of these colleges (except Old Sun Community College) are part of Alberta’s transfer & pathways system. This allows students to transfer their post-secondary education between programs and institutions.
Learn more about transfer opportunities by either:
- asking the college you want to attend about transfer opportunities
- using the Transfer Alberta search tool to search for transfer opportunities
Other Indigenous learning providers
Other Indigenous learning providers can be either a:
- non-profit community organization serving local foundational learning and employment readiness needs or
- training institute offering accredited programs and belonging to Alberta’s transfer & pathways system
Other Indigenous adult learning providers include:
|Kayas Cultural College||
||John D’or Prairie||Kayas Cultural College|
|Nechi Institute: Centre of Indigenous Learning||
||Sturgeon County||Nechi Institute: Centre of Indigenous Learning mandate|
|Riel Institute for Education & Learning||
||Calgary||Riel Institute for Education & Learning mandate|
|Rupertsland Institute- Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research||
Government supports for Indigenous adult learners and providers help create meaningful and relevant learning experiences.
Budget 2018 included $11 million for Indigenous training providers and targeted financial supports for learners.
To connect with the Ministry of Advanced Education:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Submit questions and comments online: www.alberta.ca/contact.cfm