Ministry of Advanced Education

Policy Framework & Action Plan | Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training

Gaining a post-secondary education opens up all sorts of doors!

Whether you are heading to school for the first time; returning for course upgrades; or in the midst of earning a degree, we want to help you reach your goals.

In B.C., the fastest growing demographic is Aboriginal youth. That's why we're making a concerted effort to support students - and would-be students - to get the education they need to get ahead.

The Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan, 2020 Vision for the Future sets out ways to address systemic barriers and achieve systemic institutional change.

2020 Vision for the Future:

Aboriginal learners succeed in an integrated, relevant, and effective British Columbia post-secondary education system that enhances their participation in the social, cultural and economic life of their communities, the province, and global society; and the public post-secondary education system is relevant, responsive, respective and receptive to Aboriginal learners and communities.

The goals are:

  • Systemic change means that the public post-secondary education system is relevant, responsive, respectful and receptive to Aboriginal learners and communities;
  • Access to community based delivery of programs, through partnerships with Aboriginal institutes and communities;
  • Reduced financial barriers;
  • Seamless transitions from K–12 to post-secondary education; and
  • Continuous improvement is based on research, data-tracking.

Recognizing that increased post-secondary education by Aboriginal people results in better labour market and health outcomes for individuals and better community-related outcomes will benefit all British Columbians.

 In February 2012 we held a provincial forum on Aboriginal post-secondary education where we heard more from students, public and Aboriginal post-secondary institution representatives and Aboriginal organizations. Here is a video that captures what the forum was about above the YouTube video.

We would like to extend a warm thanks to all of you who provided feedback through our engagement process and Facebook page.

For a summary of the feedback we received check out our What We Heard report.


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Goal One

Systemic change means that the public post-secondary education system is relevant, responsive and receptive to Aboriginal learners and communities.

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Discussion Question: What do you think will help Aboriginal learners be successful in college or university?

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Goal Two

Community-based delivery of programs is supported through partnerships between public-post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal institutes and communities.

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Discussion Question: What is the best way for Aboriginal learners to take courses?

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Goal Three

Financial barriers to accessing and completing post-secondary education and training are reduced for Aboriginal learners.

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Discussion Question: What financial supports would be helpful for Aboriginal students taking courses at college or university?

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Goal Four

Aboriginal learners transition seamlessly from K-12 to post-secondary education.

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Discussion Question: What do you think helps Aboriginal students get from high school into trades, college or university programs?

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Goal Five

Continuous improvement is based on research, data-tracking and sharing of leading practices.

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Discussion Question: What does success mean for Aboriginal students?

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