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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 can benefit them and their communities and promote Indigenous Nations and 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.

ALL SPACES FILLED! Registration is now closed for the 2022 Environmental Monitoring Technician program.
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Back by popular demand, we are offering this six-week, full-time Environmental Monitoring Technician course hosted by Natural Resource Training Group.

Feb.7 to March 18, 2022

Training open to Indigenous individuals living in Northern B.C.

This dynamic, six-week program is entirely online, including live instruction and student-led field training from the safety of your own community. Students will learn how to conduct: environmental monitoring; wildlife, bird and amphibian surveys; fish and fish habitat inventories; assessment and restoration; backpack electrofishing (certification); vegetation and soil surveys; erosion & sediment control and spill response measures; and technical writing and reporting. These skills and abilities are in-demand by employers involved in oil and gas, mining, hydro-electric, forestry, road construction, and other natural resource-related programs and projects.

There are only 20 seats available and will be filled as applications are received. This will fill up fast! There will be a waiting list once seats are filled.

Please contact Kate Hewitt at to apply or ask questions.


Through the Indigenous Education Program, annual funding is available for awards at seven institutions across B.C. To date, over 78 students have received funding across 21 B.C. communities.

Please reach out directly to the Awards Office at each institution for more information.


University of Northern British Columbia

Indigenous Knowledge Research Grant and awards for Engineering

$5,000 | $2,750 | $2,250


Vancouver Island University

Resource Management Officer Award

$5,000 (two available annually)


British Columbia Institute of Technology

Trades, Energy, Engineering, Natural Sciences

$1,000 (four available annually)


Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

All programs

$1,000 (three available annually)

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Northern Lights College

$1,000 (two available annually)

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Coast Mountain College

$1,500 (two available annually)


College of New Caledonia

$1,000 (two available annually)


The Commission has sponsored training programs with various post-secondary institutions. Training programs are created to fund seats for Indigenous students to take applied Natural Resource Management courses.

These courses are practical, hands-on, providing students with industry-recognized qualifications upon completion.

Current training programs:

The Commission is excited to announce our two 2021 training programs as part of our Indigenous Education Program. The training is fully funded and open to all Indigenous students in B.C. The training is designed to help students learn, while staying safe and close to home. See below for the two offerings and reach out to the contact for more information.

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Environmental Site Assessment Technician

  • March 15 - September 30, 2021
  • Online learning with hands-on field program.
  • What students will learn:
    • How to conduct environmental site assessments
    • Investigate environmental issues
    • Collect samples from surface and ground water and soil
    • Land and water remediation
    • Reclamation and monitoring
    • Critical skills for employment
  • Location: This training will be on-line through Northern Lights College, followed with hands-on training where students will be paired with a mentor to conduct various work activities in Northeast B.C.
  • Cost: This training is sponsored by the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Tuition, safety training, safety gear and travel to and from sites are all included at no cost to the student.
  • Deadline for application is March 5, 2021
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Environmental Monitoring Technician - Natural Resource Training Group (NRTG)

  • March 15- April 23 (6 weeks full time)
  • 20 seats available for Indigenous students
  • On-line learning with student-led field activities
  • What students will learn:
    • Environmental monitoring
    • Wildlife, bird and amphibian surveys
    • Fish and fish habitat inventories
    • Assessment and restoration
    • Vegetation and soil surveys
    • Erosion and sediment control
    • Spill response measures
    • Technical writing and reporting
  • Location: Online. Learn from home while doing the student-led field activities.
  • Cost: This training is free and sponsored by the Commission. All equipment will be sent directly to students for students to keep. Stipend is also available.

Past training programs:


Vancouver Island University

  • Environmental Field Techniques
  • Environmental Technical Certificate Program

University of Northern British Columbia

  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Land Reclamation

Indigenous Education Program

Customizable training available. Please contact for more information.

Call the BC Oil and Gas Commission at 250-794-5200 and ask to speak to a Strategic Relations team member.

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