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.
- 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.
- 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.
See Northwest Community College Foundation for more information.
- 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. May 14 - June 1, 2018, Prince George.
- Land Reclamation Certificate: This 15 day program is based out of Fort St. John and will provide successful students with land reclamation certification. June 4 - 22, 2018, Fort St. John.
- Vancouver Island University: The Commission is sponsoring spaces in VIU's Environmental Technician Certificate Program (ETCP), in Squamish Territory. 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.
The 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.
The sponsored seats for this initial pilot will be open to members of select First Nation communities.
More information on VIU programs to come.