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

Under the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships (ACBTP) program, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (“the Ministry”) funds public post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal communities to deliver education and training to Aboriginal learners to further their educational attainment and labour market participation.  Funds are provided through the Ministry and the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

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 March 31, 2018, over 80 Aboriginal communities were served by the ACBTP program.  In this time, the ACBTP provided $44.1 million in funding to support over 3,400 Aboriginal learners through 133 projects.  See links below for ACBTP success stories:

The most recent Call for Proposals was closed in June, 2017 (no further proposals accepted after this time). The Ministry is currently working to finalize programs from that call that will run in 2018/19 and 2019/ 20.  There is no set date for a future ACBTP procurement process.

2016/17 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: