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Indigenous Partners

Your School in First Nations communities

We work with a number of local First Nations community partners to identify and help coordinate culturally sensitive Indigenous programming that responds to the unique education needs of the community.

Sannich Adult Education Centre

Saanich Adult Education Centre

In 2012, Camosun signed a five-year Relationship Agreement with the WSÁNEĆ School Board (WSB) located on the Tsartlip First Nation near Brentwood. This continues the working relationship "with good hearts and in the spirit of good will."

Classes at the Saanich Adult Education Centre (SAEC) a part of the WSB, run from September to April. Academic Upgrading courses in basic computer studies and English and math from numeracy and literacy to Grade 11 and 12 levels are offered. In partnership with Indigenous Education & Community Connections, CLP also supports a pair of  Indigenous Access programs – Indigenous College Prep and Indigenous Human Services Career Access. These programs serve the people from the four WSÁNEĆ Bands, as well as other Indigenous students.

For more information about SAEC, contact Wendy McDonald, Cree (Northern Manitoba), at 250-544-2192.

Songhees Employment Learning Centre

Songhees Employment Learning Centre

The Songhees Learning Centre (SLC) hosts programs and services on the Songhees Nation, and delivers culturally sensitive programming that meets the education and employment training needs of the community. Management, instructors, and support staff deliver Academic Upgrading courses in English, math and basic computer studies; most can be accessed in a blended approach.  Tutoring, advising, counselling, and referrals are available. Other services are employment-related: workshops, training, resumé writing and computer access.

For more information about SLC, contact Verna Barker, Kwakwaka'wakw, 250-386-1319.


Victoria Native Friendship Centre

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) is located in the Tillicum area of Victoria and provides services to Indigenous people living off reserve in the Greater Victoria area as well as to residents from First Nations communities in southern Vancouver Island. The Centre has partnered with Camosun to offer Academic Upgrading  designed to meet the educational needs of adults who didn't complete high school or who need to review high school level academic skills. The curriculum includes Indigenous cultural components.

For more information about VNFC, contact Lesley Watson, 250-384-3211 ext 2233.

Esquimalt Nation

Partnering with Other First Nations Communities

As part of certain special projects, the School of Access provides courses in English, math and basic computer studies or other specially designed programming for Indigenous learners in First Nations communities.

Currently we are providing Academic Upgrading and special programing for learners in the Esquimalt Nation and the Tsawout First Nation communities.

For more information on forming a potential partnership, contact Indigenous Education & Community Connections by email at or call 250-370-3299.

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Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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