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Aboriginal Education & Community Connections

Supporting Aboriginal student success

Welcoming more than 1,000 students from over 50 nations

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

Are you of Aboriginal ancestry?

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

Philosophy

Honouring our teachings, we seek and hold values of trust, wisdom, integrity, courage, humility, and love.  From this, we walk alongside students to encourage in them – and in ourselves – perseverance, commitment, and excellence.

Beliefs

We believe that Aboriginal learners reach their fullest joy and potential as they acknowledge place and engage in learning and teaching while exploring identity and tradition.

Mission

Our mission is to engage in Aboriginal education, services, and leadership that enhances student learning and enriches relationships with communities.

More about AECC

We seek knowledge in these territories

Camosun College serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the south Gulf Islands that are located in the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Pauquachin (W̱SÁNEĆ), Scia'new, Tsartlip (W̱SÁNEĆ), Tsawout (W̱SÁNEĆ), Tseycum (W̱SÁNEĆ), and T’Sou-ke Nations.

Camosun College campuses are located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here. Read about the name "Camosun".

Student-centred learning

Aboriginal Education & Community Connections has four functions, all of which revolve around the students we serve.

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Student Services

We provide academic, financial and cultural support services for Aboriginal students.

Special Projects

We support projects that enhance Aboriginal student success and encourage community development.

Programs and Courses

We provide the Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Access programs and support other Indigenous programs and courses across Camosun College.

Community Connections

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


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