Former national chief will lead talks with First Nations, companies, political leaders

Christy Clark enlists Shawn Atleo to improve aboriginal relations. Premier Christy Clark has tapped former national aboriginal leader Shawn Atleo to lead a new round of talks between First Nations, governments and the business community during a contentious time for aboriginal relations in the province, The Vancouver Sun has learned. Clark will make the announcement in Nanaimo on Thursday, proclaiming Atleo, a former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, as British Columbia’s new “Shqwi qwal (Speaker) for Indigenous … Continued

A generational shift in aboriginal education

Laurie Sterritt / Times Colonist June 26, 2014 03:47 PM – This is the time of year when students graduate, families celebrate and schools breathe a sigh of relief that they have successfully supported hundreds — even thousands — of people navigating the challenges of post-secondary education. However, at this critical point in our history, it is important to recognize these cultural milestones as relatively new for aboriginal people. While formal education is a norm in our modern society, aboriginal communities have … Continued


 The Institutions want to enhance the opportunities for students to be admitted to multiple Institutions for the purpose of completing learning for transfer credit towards a credential(s) conferred by another member Institution(s) (“Flexible Learner Pathways”). Among many benefits, Flexible Learner Pathways will enable students to pursue and achieve their educational goals more easily and efficiently, facilitating higher student completion rates and more graduates to meet the social and economic needs of British Columbia. Flexible Learner Pathways – BCAIU Framework

Steep road from art school project to viable business

A stellar art school graduation project is one thing — turning the idea into a viable business is another thing altogether. Lisa Fraser’s Snug Vest, a deep-pressure vest that comforts children with autism, has not only won multiple design awards, it has been mentioned in Forbes magazine and Fraser is on B.C. Business Magazine’s inaugural 30 Under 30 list.   Read more: By Jenny Lee, Vancouver Sun

Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk talks with BC Association of Institutes and Universities President Ruth Wittenberg

Farewell event for outgoing University of Victoria president David Turpin Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk talks with BC Association of Institutes and Universities president Ruth Wittenberg (centre) and Camosun president Kathryn Laurin (right) at a farewell event on June 19, 2013, for outgoing University of Victoria president and vice-chancellor David Turpin. Read more…..

Leading the Way for First Nations Learners

Leading the Way for First Nations Learners National Chief Shawn Atleo on his drive to improve opportunities for aboriginal people in Canada. First in an occasional series. By  Katie Hyslop , Yesterday, Tyee Solutions Society Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, disliked school as a boy. Now he’s a champion for learning. Photo by Lysosome46. Graphic by April A Like most youth fresh out of high school today, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo didn’t have a plan or even much … Continued

Increasing BC Post-Secondary Participation

Increasing BC Post-Secondary Participation Concerns about a looming skills shortage as the baby boom generation retires have led to calls for more post-secondary education in BC. Invariably, the prescription put forward has been to increase “seats” in post-secondary institutions. Seats are a convenient way to convert operating funding to an average capacity for learners, so the prescription is simply more taxpayer funding. While the BCAIU shares concerns about skills shortages and agrees that more post-secondary education is needed, there is … Continued

The Student Transitions Project (STP) Fast Facts & Transitions by Region

The Student Transitions Project (STP) is pleased to announce the release of two new publications based on fall 2012 data: STP Fast Facts – 14 key facts about high school-to-post-secondary transitions and educational attainment in BC. Student Transitions By Region – matrices for the province and each region, highlighting the number of BC grade 12 graduates transitioning to BC public post-secondary education. If you have questions about STP data please contact Joanne Heslop, Manager of the STP: . For more information visit .