Aboriginal Student Services
NorQuest College provides learners with a complete education that attempts to balance strong academic foundations with Aboriginal culture. Our inclusive approach supports the diversity of our learner population, preparing graduates for work in a wide range of environments, including Aboriginal communities.
Aboriginal learners make up approximately 11 per cent of NorQuest’s student population. As a result, we have designed an extensive network of services tailored specifically to the needs of this group, including Aboriginal Student Support Services and Elder support.
Aboriginal Student Advisor
Available two afternoons a week for one-on-one appointments with students who need help with any of the following:
Identifying Aboriginal funding options
Providing career planning and educational guidance to Band Funded Students
Liaising with bands in the provision of student support and service management
Connecting with instructors, counselors, admissions personnel,and agencies
Supervision of Elder Program
Aboriginal Educational Counsellor
The Aboriginal educational counselor assists Aboriginal students to cope more effectively with personal, financial, career, and academic issues. The counsellor works closely with the Elders, Aboriginal programs, and Aboriginal Student Support Services at NorQuest College to address the unique challenges that may hinder the success of Aboriginal students.
Elder support is available on campus on Tuesdays to provide spiritual and cultural guidance. Aboriginal students are encouraged to meet with an Elder for counselling, spiritual guidance, and healing circles.
Aboriginal Ceremonial Room
NorQuest’s Aboriginal Ceremonial Room provides a multi-purpose facility for Aboriginal students. Located in Room 618 of the main building at the downtown campus, the Ceremonial Room is used for formal ceremonies and counselling sessions with the Elder.
View photos of the Aboriginal Ceremonial Room.
RBC Aboriginal Mentorship Program
Aboriginal mentors create a support system from within an indigenous framework to develop a sense of belonging and enhance the learning experience of Aboriginal students attending NorQuest College. Learn more about the RBC Aboriginal Mentorshp Program and how to get involved.