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Indigenous Initiatives

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 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Indigenous Vision

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.

Welcome to the Indigenous Gathering Place

Indigenous Initiatives provides a comfortable and welcoming place for students, families and staff through the Indigenous Gathering Place.

Did you know?

Indigenous mentor hand illustration

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.


We have a new email address – to connect with an Indigenous Advisor email

Upcoming scholarships, awards and bursaries deadlines

Irving K Barber BC Scholarship Society (IKB) is pleased to announce that the 2021 Indigenous Awards Program is now open! The application deadline is Friday, April 30, 2021

BC Hydro Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries – to apply, complete and submit your application by May 31, 2021. Applicants will be contacted in July 2021 and awards will be announced in September.

Chief Joe Mathias BC Aboriginal Scholarship (2021 application will be released on April 1, 2021)

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.

More than you imagine

Embracing technology and tradition at BCIT

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