Post-Secondary Education Coordinators Workshops

The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is once again hosting regional Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Coordinator Workshops 2017 to facilitate professional development and update communities on recent developments in post-secondary. Registration is now open…

PSPP 2016-17

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) has released the 2016-17 Post-Secondary Partnerships Program National Program Guidelines.  Visit the INAC PSPP page for further details.

Chief Joe Mathias Scholarship

IMAGE square Chief Joe Mathias Scholarship-01The Chief Joe Mathias Scholarship Fund has partnered with the New Relationship Trust (NRT) Foundation. The Chief Joe Mathias Scholarship Fund’s scholarships and bursaries will be administered by the NRT Foundation for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students wishing to apply for a Chief Joe Mathias scholarship or bursary will be automatically assessed for eligibility by applying to the NRT Foundation. The NRT Foundation application forms are now currently available until 12:00 pm on June 9th, 2016 at

Please do not send application packages to the address indicated on past Chief Joe Mathias scholarship applications this year. 

Please do not hesitate to message with any questions.

NIB Trust Fund – Call for Individual Applications 2016

IMAGE NIB Trust 2016 04 28The process for individuals to apply for funding for educational purposes from the National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust Fund was released on April 27, 2016.

In accordance with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, funds remaining from the common experience payments and personal credits have been transferred to the NIB Trust Fund. This funding is now being distributed to support educational programs. The NIB states that preference is given to former students of residential schools, but that all First Nations and Métis individuals over the age of 18 with a valid social insurance number are eligible.

Individuals can apply for up to $20,000 for post-secondary education, training and certification, and cultural, traditional and language knowledge building in addition to programs aimed at healing and reconciliation.  The deadline for applications is June 24, 2016.

Please see the FAQ’s and the Application Form.

Further information can be found on the NIB Trust Fund website at

News Archive

Funding Cuts to BC First Nations Post-Secondary and Early Childhood Development

Communities, Institutes and Partners asked to Join Strategic Response

On May 1, 2015, the First Nations Education Steering Committee and Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association received notice that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) eliminated all funding for IAHLA and the First Nations Early Childhood Development Council (FNECDC) in 2015-16, and significantly reduced funding for FNESC’s Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Support for 2015-16.

These cuts, particularly in the context of the major changes to the former Indian Studies Support Program (ISSP, now Post-Secondary Partnerships Program, PSPP) that has almost eliminated this source of funding for most IAHLA institutes and the ongoing underfunding of the First Nation student funding program – Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP), threaten to undermine the important progress we have made in BC in Aboriginal PSE and lifelong learning.

For more information about the changes, please see the attached briefing note.

IAHLA and FNESC are developing a joint strategy to request that AANDC:

  • Reinstate IAHLA, FNESC PSE and FNECDC funding in BC;
  • Support a BC-specific approach to funding PSE program delivery in First Nations communities, including returning decision-making to BC, an equitable funding allocation for BC, and a return to First Nation community-driven programming; and,
  • Ensure post-secondary student support in BC keeps pace with tuition, population and eligibility increases in order to improve economic opportunities and support healthy, self-sustaining First Nation communities.

We have developed materials to assist IAHLA member institutes, First Nation communities and our Post-Secondary partners express their support for this strategy.

Please contact IAHLA/FNESC PSE Manager Lorraine Naziel for further information. Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

May 2015 Newsletter

The May 2015 issue of our email newsletter features news about funding cuts to IAHLA and FNESC for post-secondary education services and also to early childhood services.   Featuring funding cuts news, PSE funding application support, children in care resources and tuition waivers, Single Parent Employment Initiative, and more

Eligible Institutes

AANDC 2015-16 List of Institutes Eligible for PSSSP and UCEP Funding

Call for Proposals for the 2015/16 Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP)

The Ministry of Advanced Education has issued their Call for Proposals for the 2015/16 Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). CALP provides funding for non-profit organizations (including First Nations and First Nations organizations) to deliver community adult literacy programs in partnership with public post-secondary institutions. Aboriginal literacy is one of the three CALP categories (Adult Literacy, Family Literacy and Aboriginal Literacy).  For more information, including changes for 2015/16, a list of last year’s funded projects, the application guide and the application form, please visit the Ministry website at: Completed 2015/16 CALP applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to at the Ministry by 12:00 PM (Noon, PST) on April 13, 2015.  The application requirements and eligibility for funding under the 2015/16 Community Adult Literacy Program are available in the Applicant’s Guide and Application Form. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Ministry contact Tegan Tang directly by email, or telephone 250-356-9733.

AANDC PSSSP and UCEP 2015-16 National Program Guidelines Released

The PSSSP and UCEP 2015-16 National Program Guidelines have been released on the AANDC website. Here is the link for the web version FNESC has prepared a preliminary review of the 2015-16 PSSSP and UCEP Guidelines to highlight any changes from 2014-15, which is posted on the PSE Resource Page of the FNESC website, here:  Please contact if you need the password or if you have any questions.

Employment Services and Support Program

Learn about the New Call for Proposals and Changes to the Aboriginal Community-Based Delivery Partnerships Program, announced by the BC government February 2, 2015.

IRVING K BARBER BC SCHOLARSHIP SOCIETY - 16 Scholarships2015 Irving K. Barber Scholarship

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Society is pleased to announce that application forms for the 2015 BC Aboriginal Student Awards and BC Aboriginal Teacher Education Awards are now available.  Awards range from $1,500 – $5,000 and many awards are renewable for several years of study.  In total, the Society will grant over one million dollars in financial assistance to Aboriginal students in BC this year! The application deadline for all award levels is March 31, 2015. For more information, please visit the Society’s website at or contact the Society toll-free at 1-844-478-4645. See the poster about the opportunity.

PSPP 2015-16

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada has released the 2015-16 Post-Secondary Partnerships Program Call for Proposals and guidelines. Changes have been made to the guidelines and scoring sheet. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 16, 2015, at midnight local time. Visit the AANDC PSPP page for further details.

PSPP Letter Campaign

Last year AANDC unilaterally replaced the Indian Studies Support Program (ISSP) with the Post-Secondary Partnerships Program (PSPP) This is in addition to changes that it had already made to ISSP in 2013/14.  Learn about the changes and a letter campaign for individuals, communities and institutes…