Indigenous Education & Community

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 Camosun 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.

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, 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 "Camosun".

a group of indigenous people and settlers roast campus bulbs and salmon over an open fire on the campus green

Camosun's Camas pit cook

Are you of Indigenous ancestry?

Camosun 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.

About us

Territory Acknowledgement

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.

A field of wild camas flowers

Programs & Courses

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

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 Camosun 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 Camosun College Foundation, offers a series of awards to outstanding students. Camosun 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.