Native Education College

Native Education College | Vancouver | Founded 1979

Native Education College students on campus

Native Education College. (Jason Brawn)

Native Education College (NEC) is the largest private Indigenous college in British Columbia. It honours the cultural perspectives of its students. Its unique campus in Vancouver is modelled in form and function on a traditional cedar longhouse and features a totem pole created by well-known carver Norman Tait.

NEC offers block transfers; credits earned at NEC can be transferred to five post-secondary institutions in the province. Diplomas and certificates are offered in subjects such as community counselling, business and health care. The Indigenous adult basic education program prepares students for post-secondary education, incorporating an Indigenous perspective through its focus on cultural studies, self-government and First Nations studies. The Indigenous justice studies program focuses on decolonization and the challenges that affect Indigenous people in the Canadian justice system.

The school’s essentials program is free to Indigenous students; it offers job training and cultural teachings about school, work and life. Other programs such as office administration are sometimes free to Indigenous students because they are covered by the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS). In 2017, NEC opened a cultural gathering space at its main campus to give students, faculty and staff a safe place to carry out traditional ceremony and prayer.

For only this year, NEC is offering a fully funded health-care assistant program for all students. The funding covers tuition, books, course fees and a weekly stipend. 


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $2,925-$6,100 $5,050-$6,850 No

Cool options

  • Health-Care Assistant: This nine-month certificate program prepares students for work as a frontline caregiver; students apply their knowledge with hands-on clinical work experience.
  • Indigenous Land Stewardship: Through 10 courses rooted in Indigenous knowledge, students in this one-year certificate program apply Indigenous stewardship principles to land and resource management.
  • Office Administration and Employment Training: Develop skills for the workplace in this six-month certificate program, which includes public speaking, information management and resumé writing.

Popular Programs

  • Family and Community Counselling
  • Indigenous Adult Basic Education
  • Indigenous Land Stewardship
  • Health-Care Assistant
  • Indigenous Early Childhood Education

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