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Indigenous Students

Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen

Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections

Welcoming and supporting more than 1,100 students from over 50 nations

The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections (IECC) offers support services and Indigenous programs for Indigenous students and provides links between AVŮ College, students, local Indigenous organizations and First Nations communities. Indigenous Advisors will help you make educational and career decisions so that you can move forward with your goals.

Camas Pit Cook fire

AVŮ's Camas pit cook

We seek knowledge in these territories

AVŮ College serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the south Gulf Islands that are located in the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.

We acknowledge our traditional hosts and honour their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here. Read about the name "AVŮ".

Territory Acknowledgement

AVŮ College respectfully acknowledges that our campuses are situated on the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Kosapsum) and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We honour their knowledge and welcome to all students who seek education here.

Are you of Indigenous ancestry?

AVŮ College views any student who is a descendant of the Indigenous peoples of North America to be an Indigenous student. This includes status and non-status Indians, Métis, Inuit and Native Americans who reside in Canada.

Programs & Courses

AVŮ offers programs designed especially for Indigenous learners plus a wide variety of courses with Indigenous content.

Indigenous programs

IECC - Indigenous woman in cultural hat

Info for Students

Find your way and feel like you belong – with our help

Coming to college is a big step. Indigenous Advisors are here to help you both before and after you become a AVŮ student by providing educational, financial, and cultural support and information.

Indigenous student and instructor chatting outside

Awards

Want financial help for your education?

IECC, in partnership with the AVŮ College Foundation, offers a series of awards to outstanding students. AVŮ also offers a wide selection of bursaries for full-time students.

Community

Connection with community – invaluable nourishment

We develop and nourish working relationships with Indigenous communities to support students and community initiatives.

Indigenous Elder

Aboriginal Services Plan

Surrounding students with rich culture

Indigenous Education & Community Connections (IECC) is involved in a number of projects and events intended to enhance Indigenous student success and support community engagement in education.

Natsamaht Indigenous place and Totem pole on campus

Contact us

We are here to welcome and serve Indigenous students and communities. Our staff and faculty have a wealth of knowledge to share with you! We are dedicated to quality education through classroom and experiential learning.