Native Education

Learn about our Post-Secondary Education programs, Longhouse, and Community at our upcoming Open house

Post-secondary education scholarships

We are happy to announce that NEC will be awarding entrance scholarships for our winter 2024 program start

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NEC is offering scholarships for all certificate and diploma programs beginning in September 2023, for qualifying Indigenous Peoples.

social sciences

Our Impact

We work to build the Nations of Tomorrow. For over 55 years, NEC has provided quality education and a safe place for Indigenous learners.

We work with Indigenous Nations and communities across B.C., by providing culturally appropriate programming that supports individuals in their spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental well-being while attending school.

Indigenous learners realize their potential with our Certificate and Diploma programs which lead toward high-demand careers. Students achieve success through learning practical skills with a hands-on approach

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Why Choose NEC?


All NEC graduates are prepared to find professions related to their field of study and build network connections

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Students Resources

During your studies, NEC offers various resources and workshops which will benefit your learning process.

Learner-focused education

NEC provides a culturally appropriate and supportive learning environment for Indigenous learners. Average class size of 15 students.

What we do

NEC provides a transformative experience for Indigenous People, offering programs that prepares and transitions Indigenous learners into highly skilled professionals. NEC educates, connects and invests in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people so they can achieve their highest potential.

Indigenous learners are our top priority. We seek resources and opportunities for scholarships and bursaries to finance the learning journey for students in need.

Indigenous Peoples need a supportive and safe place. NEC offers food, wellness and counseling programs, in addition to all student resources.

We run a private Indigenous school based on holistic education with an indigenous perspective. Our small groups are designed for students to explore their potential.

NEC provides around 100 jobs per year, many of our staff are alumni, but we also welcome multicultural knowledge to work for the same mission


Native Education College is a safe place for me to return to school. I am grateful for Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-waututh and NEC for creating a safer space for Indigenous Diaspora like myself. As an Intergenerational residential school survivor I feel relieved to be able to build a better life for myself and everyone I connect with, supported by the inclusive Indigenous space provided by NEC.

Rosie Johnnie Office Administration and Employment Training
NEC student

I heard about NEC when I first moving to Vancouver. What attracted me to NEC is the indigenous perspective learning environment. I like most about NEC is the sense of community, its such beautiful place to learn and reconnect. This school is important to me, because it creates leaders that embody our intergenerational strength that has been down from our ancestors. 

Kristi Bryant Indigenous Justice Studies

I used to live in Winnipeg, Manitoba; I'm from Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation. I was looking for schools to attend in Vancouver, and what attracted me to NEC were the courses that allowed me to further my education. I felt more encouraged to study here since I discovered that it would be an Indigenous environment. What I like about NEC is the spirit room; you can smudge, calm and ground yourself if you may having a rough day. I also like that all staff and students are very nice and welcoming. I've learned about my culture and many other cultures based in BC. NEC has helped to open up my mind to keep learning every day.

Shayanne Bohpa Indigenous Land Stewardship
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