K’omoks First Nation Chief Rob Everson and NIC President John Bowman signing the protocol.

K’omoks First Nation Chief Rob Everson and NIC President John Bowman signing the protocol.

NIC, First Nations sign historic protocol

North Island College and representatives of Vancouver Island’s First Nations signed a historic Indigenous Education Protocol May 1, affirming their commitment to  aboriginal learners and communities in the region.

The Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) ground-breaking protocol provides a vision of how the college will strive to improve and better serve indigenous peoples.

The NIC region is home to 35 First Nations of the Coast Salish, Kwakwak’wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth traditions, many of whom live in remote areas accessible only by water and air.

In addition to developing culturally inclusive courses and programs across its nursing, English, community care and trades programs, NIC regularly works in partnership with First Nations to provide in-community educational programs and training.

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