Aboriginal Education & Training

Post-secondary education is key to supporting the aspirations of Aboriginal British Columbians – First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples – and their communities.

We are dedicated to working in partnership with Aboriginal communities and organizations to enable Aboriginal learners to succeed in an integrated, relevant and effective British Columbia post-secondary system.

Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan: 2020 Vision for the Future

The Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan was developed by a working group of Aboriginal partners and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training and outlines a plan for improving post-secondary opportunities and outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

Historical Documentation​

Aboriginal Service Plans

Public post-secondary institutions work with Aboriginal communities and organizations to develop and implement three-year rolling strategic plans that enhance the post-secondary educational experiences and outcomes of Aboriginal learners.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase the access, retention, completion and transition opportunities for Aboriginal learners
  • Strengthen partnerships and collaboration in Aboriginal post-secondary education
  • Increase the receptivity and relevance of post-secondary institutions and programs for Aboriginal learners, and provide support for initiatives that address barriers

Aboriginal Service Plans at Public Post-secondary Institutions in B.C.

Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships Program (See ACBTP 2017/18 Call For Proposals below)

Funding is available for partnerships between public post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal institutes and communities to deliver post-secondary education and training in Aboriginal communities that meet community needs and position Aboriginal people to take advantage of economic opportunities.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide Aboriginal participants with post-secondary education and skills training in their communities that will lead to employment
  • Support the needs and priorities of Aboriginal communities, including responding to new economic opportunities and industry needs for a local skilled labour force
  • Provide recognized post-secondary credentials or credits that are transferable

Between 2012 and 2015-16, the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships program provided $25.1 million in funding to support over 2,000 Aboriginal learners through 110 projects in 69 communities.

ACBTP 2017/18 Call for Proposals

The Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships Program is now accepting applications for 2017/18.

Please note the Ministry has extended the closing date for the ACBTP Call for Proposals to Friday, June 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM. The previous closing date had been Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
In addition, the Ministry has updated the ACBTP Call for Proposals to reflect recent changes with regard to participant eligibility criteria. Please note the revisions are highlighted in the updated ACBTP Application Guide.

Questions and Answers from the February 22 Teleconference – 2017/18 ACBTP

The Ministry held an information teleconference for potential 2017/18 ACBTP proponents on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  Please click on the following link to see the Questions and Answers from that session:  February 22, 2017/18 ACBTP Teleconference Q&As.

NEW Questions and Answers - Post February 22

Following the February 22 Teleconference, the Ministry received a number of additional questions from potential 2017/18 ACBTP proponents. Please click on the following link to see the answers to those questions: 

February 23-March 23, 2017/18 ACBTP Q&As
March 24-May 11, 2017, 2017/18 ACBTP Q&As

All Q&As can also be found on government’s BCBid site.

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Please use the links below to learn about currently or previously funded programs.

2015/16 Programs

2014/15 Programs

2013/14 Programs

Aboriginal Training for Employment Program

The Aboriginal Training for Employment Program (ATEP) provided funding for Aboriginal organizations to offer culturally-based job training and support programs until 2014/15. These programs were designed specifically for Aboriginal workers who were unemployed and not on employment insurance, or employed with only a few job-related skills.

The goal of ATEP was to help Aboriginal workers transition into sustainable employment and connect Aboriginal workers with employment opportunities in B.C. For a more detailed overview of ATEP, please see our review of programs offered in 2010/11, or use the links below to learn more about programs that have previously received funding: