Native Education

Explore your options

Don't know where to begin? You are not alone. Start planning with a student advisor to get a better understanding of the education opportunities available at NEC in its next intake.

Adult Graduation Diploma

If you do not meet high school graduation requirements or need to boost your high school grades before applying to a program, click here.

Research your program and check admission requirements

Make use of our student advisor services and resources to help you plan your postsecondary education.

Submit your application & complete admission requirements

Once you have submitted requirements and are admitted into the program, you will receive an acceptance letter outlining: Program description, tuition and fees, list of courses, start & end dates for courses, and credits earned. We also invite you to schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Advisor to discuss your funding options. You'll receive information about scholarships, bursaries, band funding, and referrals to other funding agencies.

Choose your program

Adult Upgrading

If you are an adult learner and haven't completed high school or need to upgrade to meet post-secondary requirements, the Indigenous Adult Basic Education (IABE) program is where your educational path starts. Improve basic English, math, and computer skills for personal benefit or to prepare for a job.

Adult Upgrading

Indigenous Adult Basic Education

The BC Adult Graduation Diploma (also known as the Adult Dogwood), program gives students high school completion and prepares them for careers and post-secondary education.


If you're going to change the world or even your community, you need the skills to navigate our rapidly changing society. So, we'll start you on the path to making a positive impact in the community and world or the industry or sector you are passionate about.

Indigenous Digital Leadership

Information Technology Support Technician

The Information Technology Support Technician certificate program provides training for entry into the Workplace Technology Support Specialist position.

Office Administration & Employment Training

Learners will be prepared for an exciting career in office administration. Areas of focus will be skill development in computer applications, administrative procedures, business communication, and information management.

Health Sciences

Health Sciences is a wide-ranging field which uses knowledge from many disciplines to understand and improve all aspects of human health.


Health Care Assistant

Learners will be prepared for an exciting career as a Health Care Assistant, through a combination of theory, lab, and practicum. Learners gain the skills and knowledge required to provide the highest standard of personal care that promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being for clients.

Humanities & Social Sciences

The measure of a community is in the combined spiritual, mental, and physical health of its members. There are countless ways to be a positive force in the lives of those around you. Whatever your goal is to work in social justice, with children, family or community counselling or land stewardship, there is an NEC program ideally suited for your purposes.

Indigenous Early Childhood Education Certificate

Learners will be prepared for a rewarding career in working with children. NEC is dedicated to weaving Indigenous Knowledge and worldview into the Early Childhood theories and practice while getting geared for the critical role in providing care and education for the children.
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Indigenous Justice Studies Certificate

IJS is a criminology certificate program where students learn about the law, focusing on cultural values and teachings. Learners will examine the over-representation and the challenges Indigenous Peoples face in the criminal justice system and how cultural approaches will address the long-term impacts of colonization.

Indigenous Land Stewardship Certificate

The ILS certificate offers students career preparation in land protection & resource management. Graduates will engage in key issues relevant to Indigenous Peoples' homelands based on traditional principles of environmental and social justice

Family & Community Counselling Certificate

The FCC program offers specialized training for delivering social services in Indigenous communities in a kind and gentle way. Special areas of interest include child welfare, recovery from substance use, and intervening in traumatic situations that affect Indigenous families.

Diploma programs

In order to get started in one of these diploma programs. You should have previously completed a certificate program. We recommend you review the requirements.

Indigenous Early Childhood Education Diploma

This is an 8-month diploma program specialising in Infant, Toddler, and/or Special Needs. It supports and promotes Indigenous Peoples’ worldview about their children and increases knowledge in child development related to infant and toddlers, and special needs.

Family & Community Counselling Diploma

The Family and Community Counselling Diploma Program offers specialized training for delivering personal counselling and social services within the cultural values and beliefs of Indigenous community. Students are encouraged to understand their history, and to integrate traditional knowledge and skills into their practice.

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Small Class Sizes

Average class size of 15 students with instructors experts on the field.


All NEC graduates are prepared to find professions related to what you study.

Our focus remains on YOU!

Our learning methods are flexible and holistic, where you can find resources and workshops that will help in your learning process.

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You are in perfect timing to apply for the scholarships available for fall 2023 the sooner you apply, the better your chances *Please note that scholarships are subject to availability