Acknowledgement of Territories
The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)
Orange Shirt Campaign
During the month of September, leading up to the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on Sept 30, Indigenous Initiatives at BCIT aims to inspire Canadians to take part in the We Will Always Remember Project to create orange paper shirts (create/sew/draw/bead/fold their orange shirt).
This project, inspired by Orange Shirt Day and the legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events, gives Canadians the opportunity to reflect and learn about the history and impact of Canada’s residential school system on Indigenous Peoples and an opportunity to advance reconciliation through action.
Did you know?
Indigenous Gathering Place is called Mi Chap Tukw which means “a home away from home”. The hand logo, called Snewayelh (“teachings”), symbolizes the transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next and it raised in the Coast Salish welcome gesture.
Upcoming scholarships, awards and bursaries deadlines
- RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth (Deadline: Deadline Dec 1, 2022)- are you an Indigenous student attending or planning to attend a post-secondary school in Canada? This scholarship could help fund your education, with up to $10,000 awarded for each of your academic years.
- First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program January 15th, 2023 – for students applying for the Fall 2023 semester (September-December)
May 15th, 2023 – for students applying for the Winter 2024 Semester (January-April)
- Health Sciences Association of BC Aboriginal Bursary Award (Deadline: January 27, 2023 at 11:59 pm)
- Indspire – Indigenous Education Bursary and Scholarships (Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST)
BCIT Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund (IEAF) – Indigenous post-secondary students experiencing financial pressures can apply for the IEAF. Students who access emergency funding do not have to repay it. BCIT Indigenous students can contact our office for help with the application process.
In May 2019, BCIT launched An Indigenous Vision: A Framework for Action and Accountability. The Vision complements the three commitments in BCIT’s Strategic Plan. Furthermore, our implementation plan is structured around the principles of the Colleges and Institutes Canada Indigenous Education Protocol.
Embracing technology and tradition at BCIT
Indigenous Book Club
Explore Indigenous history and experiences shared through stories at the Indigenous Book Club for Faculty and Staff.
Friday October 7, 2022
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Hybrid: SW01 – 1511 and by zoom