Indigenous Education Program

The Commission's Indigenous Education Program is a partnership with several post-secondary institutions across the Province to provide scholarships and training programs for Indigenous peoples.

The goal of this program is to provide Indigenous people with tangible skills that will benefit them and their communities and promote First Nation and Indigenous peoples’ participation in Commission operations beyond the consultation process. This is just one of the many steps the Commission is taking towards a more holistic Indigenous presence throughout the oil and gas regulatory cycle.

Awards & Scholarships

  • University of Northern British Columbia 

BC Oil and Gas Commission Indigenous Knowledge Research Grant

$5000 Graduate level awards: Indigenous Knowledge Research Grant (Grant) will be available starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Each Grant will be valued at $5,000 per student. UNBC will award Grants according to the criteria below. Grants will be available to graduate students whose research focuses on any of the following topics:

  • Landscape of Indigenous Law and governance in British Columbia
  • Integration of Indigenous and Canadian law (federal, provincial, municipal) regarding land use and natural resource management
  • Building collective understanding of Indigenous knowledge and reconciliation
  • Integration of Indigenous knowledge into natural resource management, land use planning, and decision-making in British Columbia

Northern Transitions Program and Engineering Awards

Northern Transitions Program (NTP) assist Indigenous student’s move from high school into university studies and life. One award of $2750 will assist tuition cost for the first year, and may be extendable to two years. Applicants must be registered for the NTP.

UNBC’s Civil Engineering program has a focus on engineering for northern climates, and wood and wood hybrid designs for sustainable development. The Commission is pleased to be the donor of first award for this new program. One award $2250/year is open to Indigenous or northern rural students.

See UNBC's Scholarship, Bursary and Awards Guide for more information.

  • Vancouver Island University

BC Oil and Gas Commission Resource Management Officer Award

Two award of $5000 each will be awarded to student in their second year of the Resource Management Officer Technology Program. This will be an annual award handed out of the course of three years.

See VIU’s Scholarships & Awards page for more information.

  • Northern Lights College

BC Oil and Gas Commission Indigenous Education Scholarship

Two scholarships of $1,000.00 each will be awarded; one for trades or vocational studies and one in an Arts or Science based academic study. This will be an annual scholarship, handed out over the course of five years.

See Northern Lights College Foundation for more information on how to apply.

  • Coast Mountain College

BC Oil and Gas Commission Indigenous Education Award

Two awards of $1,500 each will be awarded; one annual award for trades or vocational studies; one annual award in Arts or Science based academic studies; and one annual award for business studies. This will be an annual award, handed out over the course of five years, with Coast Mountain College matching Commission funds by 50 per cent. 

See Coast Mountain College for more information.

  • College of New Caledonia

BC Oil and Gas Commission Prince George and Regional Awards

Two awards of $1000 each will be awarded; one annual award for registered Foundational Level full-time students or registered Career and Technical Centre (CTC) students in any of the Trades and Technology programs; one at the CNC Prince George campus and one for regional campuses.

See CNC Financial Aid & Awards for more information.




In 2018 and 2019, the Commission sponsored four training programs with Vancouver Island University and the University of Northern BC. Training programs were created to fund seats for Indigenous students to take applied Natural Resources Management courses, including environmental monitoring, Traditional Ecological Knowledge and land reclamation techniques.

These courses were practical, hands-on, and provided students with industry-recognized qualifications upon completion. Tuition, accommodation and all food costs were fully funded by the IEP, and in some cases, an equipment/gear allowance was provided. The Commission worked with 22 communities to promote the training, and of these, met 18 face-to-face.

Overall, 77 certificates have been presented to students!

Past Training Programs:

Vancouver Island University

Environmental Field Techniques Certificate

Hosted by Vancouver Island University, the Environmental Field Techniques Certificate is an intensive 8 day course covering: water quality sampling and design, erosion and sediment control and environmental monitoring for construction projects.

Environmental Technician Certificate Program (ETCP)

Sponsored in partnership with the Commission and Secure Energy Services, the ETCP is designed to address the nation-wide need for certified, skilled aboriginal environmental field technicians. The ETCP will train practitioners in in-demand environmental monitoring skills and abilities required to assist: biologists, environmental technicians, engineers, hydrologists, and site restoration and environmental monitoring professionals. ETCP is NREP's flagship aboriginal community-based training program. To-date, the 200-hour, five-week ETCP has successfully 'graduated' more than 500 course participants, and has been delivered in 34 distinct communities throughout western Canada.

University of Northern British Columbia

The Commission has sponsored Indigenous students to advance their field skills for use working on industry based projects within their communities, as well as help establish the requite skills for a career in the Natural Resource Sector. UNBC and the Commission partnered together to offer two intensive training courses:

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Certificate

The Traditional Ecological Knowledge Certificate demonstrates how to collect traditional knowledge, and how to present the maps and reporting. TEK is an important source of environmental information that allows First Nations communities to realize their own expertise, and apply their own knowledge and practices to help protect their way of life. This knowledge is specific to a location and includes the relationships between plants, animals, natural phenomena, landscapes and timing of events that are used for lifeways, including but not limited to fishing, hunting, trapping, berry picking, medicinal plant use, agriculture, and forestry.

Environmental Monitoring Certificate

This 15 day program was based out of Prince George and was an introduction to Environmental Monitoring in the Natural Resource Sector.

Land Reclamation Certificate

This 15 day program was based out of Fort St. John and provided successful students with a land reclamation certification.