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.

Scholarships

  • 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.

More criteria and nomination information to come.

  • Northwest Community College: BC Oil and Gas Commission Indigenous Education Award

Three awards of $1,000.00 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 Northwest Community College matching Commission funds by 50 per cent.

More criteria and nomination information to come.

Training

  • University of Northern British Columbia: UNBC and the Commission are partnering together to offer two intensive training courses:
    • Environmental Monitoring Program: This 15 day program is based out of Prince George and is an introduction to Environmental Monitoring in the Natural Resource Sector.
    • Land Reclamation Certificate: This 15 day program is based out of Fort St. John and will provide successful students with land reclamation certification.

More information on these programs to come.

  • Vancouver Island University: The Commission is sponsoring spaces in VIU's Environmental Technician Certificate Program, in North Vancouver, B.C. The sponsored seats for this initial pilot will be open to members of select First Nation communities.