Overview

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

College Programs Location Mandate
Maskwacis Cultural College
  • basic adult literacy programs
  • Cree language culture
  • certificate and diploma programs
  • university transfer programs
Samson Cree Nation, Maskwacis Maskwacis Cultural College mandate
Old Sun Community College
  • basic adult upgrading
  • Blackfoot language and knowledge certificate and diploma
  • degree programs
  • accredited programs in collaboration with public post-secondary institutions
Siksika Nation Old Sun Community College mandate
Red Crow Community College
  • upgrading
  • Blackfoot language and knowledge
  • certificate and diploma programs
  • accredited programs in collaboration with publicly-funded post-secondary institutions
Kainai Nation, Stand Off Red Crow Community College mandate
University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills
  • upgrading
  • Cree and Dene languages and cultural knowledge programs
  • trades
  • business and leadership
  • diploma and certificate programs
  • bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in Indigenous language and cultural knowledge
  • accredited programs in collaboration with publicly-funded post-secondary institutions
St. Paul University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills mandate
Yellowhead Tribal College
  • adult basic upgrading
  • several preparatory programs
  • certificate and diploma programs in:
    • management
    • human services
    • health care
    • education
    • information technology
  • accredited programs in collaboration with public post-secondary institutions
Edmonton Yellowhead Tribal College mandate

Transfer agreements

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:

Learning provider Programs Location Mandate
Kayas Cultural College
  • adult academic upgrading programs
  • training in:
    • basic adult literacy
    • basic adult numeracy
    • GED support
    • foundational life skills
    • child and family literacy
    • Microsoft Office
    • workplace safety
John D’or Prairie Kayas Cultural College mandate
Nechi Institute: Centre of Indigenous Learning
  • community addictions training
  • counselor training
  • professional development
  • Indigenous addictions services
  • family violence
  • accredited programs are transferable to Alberta universities and colleges
Sturgeon County Nechi Institute: Centre of Indigenous Learning mandate
Riel Institute for Education & Learning
  • literacy and foundational learning
  • employability skills
  • life skills
  • family and youth support
  • cultural support
  • office administration
Calgary Riel Institute for Education & Learning mandate
Rupertsland Institute- Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research
  • serves as an academic research entity designed specifically for Métis concerns
Edmonton n/a

Funding support

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.

Contact

To connect with the Ministry of Advanced Education:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-5400
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-422-1263
Submit questions and comments online: www.alberta.ca/contact.cfm

Address:
Alberta Advanced Education
Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L5