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2nd Annual Indigenous Youth Gathering

April 8 – 30, 2021


Welcome to the 2nd Annual Indigenous Youth Gathering, a virtual event starting on April 8, in partnership with the North Vancouver School District.

We are excited to host Indigenous youth for a virtual gathering with inspirational speakers promoting student success and raising awareness of pathways to BCIT.

Though we wish we could meet in person, we cannot so we have created this video for you:

  • Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships
  • Carleen Thomas, BCIT Elder, Tsleil Waututh Nation
  • Brad Baker, District Principal, North Vancouver School District #44
  • Tami Pierce, Associate Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships
  • Zaa Joseph, Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships
  • Khadija Glover, Event Marketing and Public Relations Associate Certificate Alumna
  • John Dymond, Business Development Manager, Dean’s Office, School of Transportation
  • Chelsea Barron, Faculty, Chemical, Digital Communications & Machinist


Please complete the questionnaire to be considered for a participation gift giveaway, including:

  • Two Chromebook laptops
  • Hoodies
  • Gift Cards

Contact Brad Baker to receive the link to the student questionnaire.

Gifts will be drawn using an online random name picker from those who have completed and submitted the questionnaire. There are a limited number of gifts available – so be sure to submit your completed questionnaire by April 30!


When you choose BCIT, you’re choosing an education that focuses on the real-world. BCIT offers practical, applied education with instructors who have direct, hands-on experience in their field. Learn more.

Please take this opportunity to listen to success stories of BCIT Indigenous role models, and explore BCIT programs with specific support for Indigenous learners.

  • The Enhanced Bridge Watch Rating program is supported by Transport Canada to provide a pathway for specific underrepresented groups (women and Indigenous people) to enter into rewarding marine sector careers. Explore a marine career working on tugboats, ferries or deep sea vessels. Learn more.
  • BCIT is the largest trades training provider in Western Canada. Choose from more than 20 trades, and explore options through the Trades Discovery
  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has a dedicated admissions process with five reserved seats for Indigenous students to encourage and support Indigenous applicants.
  • BCIT Computing encourages and supports Indigenous applicants, and preferred candidacy will be given to Indigenous students in select full-time computing programs. In partnership with TD Bank, the Computing Department offers bursaries and entrance awards specifically for Indigenous Computing students. Learn more.


The BCIT Indigenous Initiatives Team is available to support and assist our youth with Elders-in-residence, peer mentors and designated advisors working together to propel learner success. We look forward to meeting you.