Information for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students
Use these resources to help you plan your post-secondary journey and to support you while you are at school.
Education Planning & Transition Resources
The following resources provide information for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners and their parents to support their post-secondary educational journey.
- Aboriginal Learning Links provides resources for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners wishing to pursue or continue college or university (post-secondary) studies in British Columbia
- B.C.'s Career Guide for Indigenous People provides practical tools and activities, information and many resources to explore values, skills and careers that fit
- Guiding Your Education Journey – FNESC's handbook for First Nations parents and students (PDF) includes tools and information for First Nations families to help their teens plan for secondary and post-secondary education so that they can have successful careers
- WorkBC Parents' Guide helps B.C. parents support teens as they explore options and make decisions about their education and future career paths
Follow stepping stones from exploring your interests, to practical concerns such as finding affordable housing and transitioning back into the community.
Get tips on how to successfully transition from undergraduate to graduate studies.
Programs & Services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students
Programs: Many post-secondary institutions in B.C. offer programs specifically for Indigenous learners.
- Find post-secondary institutions that offer Indigenous programs
- View a list of Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) Institutes
Student services: Contact the Indigenous student services department at the post-secondary institution you plan to attend to get help with education and career planning. Most B.C. public post-secondary institutions have an Indigenous Gathering Place on campus. Please contact your institution's Indigenous student services department to find out more.
Funding Your Education
Going to college or university is a big investment. You will want to be in control of your finances and able to focus on your studies.
Financial health is an important part of your well-being as a student. There are great resources to help you plan and manage your financial life before and after school.
If you are a status First Nations or Inuit person then you may be eligible for funding from the federal government through your Band, Nation or community. Visit Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to get started.
If you are not a status First Nations or Inuit person, or if your Band funding is not enough, there are several types of financial assistance that could help you.
Student loans are educational loans offered by the province. If you have dependents or are from a lower income family, part of your funding may be in the form of a grant that you do not have to repay.
Bursaries are awards granted to students with dependents, or those from lower income families.
- Contact the financial advisors at your post-secondary institution for a list of eligible bursaries
- Federal Aboriginal Bursary Search Tool
Awards have an academic requirement but also emphasize community involvement or other non-academic qualifications.
Emergency financial assistance is provided by public post-secondary institutions to assist students who have urgent unforeseen financial needs that may prevent them from finishing their studies. Contact the Indigenous Student Services at your institution for more information.
Other financial aid, including awards specifically for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, may be available through your post-secondary institution.
Contact the Indigenous Student Services at your post-secondary institution for more information.