The Native Education College (NEC) was established in 1967 and founded by Ray Collins who worked at the Departments of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The College, then called the Native Education Centre, began as a project to meet the educational needs of Indigenous people who relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia from their rural First Nation community. The overall objective was to provide Indigenous adult learners with the academic and life skills to secure employment and improve their quality of life. By 1979, NEC became a private College, operated and controlled by BC First Nations.
Today, the College provides a supportive learning environment, including cultural activities, which creates a connection to the Indigenous community of Metro Vancouver. We strive to meet workforce demands by delivering a variety of academic programs that are pathways to careers. Indigenous learners can start their learning journey by choosing one of the 14 transferrable certificate or diploma programs.
The Native Education College is the college of choice for Indigenous learners who chose indigenous cultural supports for the realization of their education and career goals.
The NEC is an effective and efficient institution committed to continuous improvement and excellence and its board, management and staff work collaboratively to provide culturally relevant education, training and personal growth for Indigenous learners,
Diversity - We recognize that while we are all Indigenous people, we come from many nations. We celebrate the diversity of our ways as a source of strength within our nations. Thus in diversity we find unity.
Respect - We recognize that nothing is barred from consideration as long as it does not intrude into the lives of others. From our unity arises our respect for Mother Earth, upon which we all depend, our respect for the ways and opinion of others, even if we do not share those ways or opinions. In respecting others, we respect ourselves; our capacity to appreciate each other as we are, and our resolve not to see our ways compromised.
Gratitude - From our unity arises our responsibility to our present generation and generations yet unborn and our gratitude to the generations that have come before us.
Understanding - We will rely on example and persuasion rather than authority and force when change is considered. We are determined to explore the limits of our understanding.
Accountability - We all have a role to perform that is an extension of a grand design. As adults we share freedom of choice and freedom of action and thus we also have the responsibility to accept the results of our choices and actions.
At Native Education College, we offer various programs in academic upgrading, business, health sciences, social sciences & humanities, or fine arts. Most of our certificate and diploma programs are transferrable to other post-secondary schools in British Columbia.