Academy of Indigenous Scholars

 Academy of Indigenous Scholars

 Community. Engagement. Culture.


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The Okanagan College Academy of Indigenous Scholars is a culturally relevant and student experience program. Indigenous students wanting to take greater control of their success and become more engaged with the College are welcome to apply. 

Once in the Academy, students work with an Aboriginal Services staff member to create an achievement plan based on their individual needs. Students will work though their plan for the duration of the year

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Indigenous students are encouraged to apply regardless of grade point average. To be eligible for the Academy you must:

  • Be an Indigenous student [someone who self-declares as having First Nation (status or non-status), Metis or Inuit ancestry]
  • First year or first time student to Okanagan College, or feel you could benefit from additional supports 
  • Plan to enrol in at least three courses in each term (3 courses in fall and 3 courses in winter)
  • Attend an in-person interview with an Aboriginal Services staff member to gauge your willingness and suitability for the program



Getting Started

Interested students can submit registration information here.  Students will be contacted shortly thereafter by an Aboriginal Services staff member to set up a face-to-face interview.


Completing the Program

Okanagan College is committed to enhancing the experience of Aboriginal students by offering a full complement of student services but does expect all students to take ownership of their education and stay engaged.

Each scholar will receive a log book that is meant help scholars carry out their individual achievement plan. It’s up to the student to carry out the plan’s recommendations. 

The Framework

It’s important to us that we enhance your experience according to your diverse needs. Being a student at Okanagan College is not just about academics, but also about addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as well. The Academy of Indigenous Scholars will help students enhance their experience in all these areas.



The medicine wheel means different things to different Indigenous communities but what they all share is the concept of balance. 


The following provides examples of what types of supports are available to students depending on their needs and their individual achievement plan.

 Intellectual Supports

 Emotional Supports

 Spiritual Supports

 Physical Supports

  • Tutorial Sessions
  • Study skills and exam preparation seminar(s)
  • Faculty Meetings (at least twice a semester)
  • Counsellors
  • Peer Mentors
  • Recognition Ceremony
  • Aboriginal Transitions Planners


  • Elders
  • On-campus events
  • Community events
  • Community Sweat Lodge Access 
  • Weekly Smudge
  • Financial Aid and Awards
  • Accessibility Services
  • Academic Advising 
  • Physical/ Recreational Activities 
  • Completion Bursaries

Apply Now

Interested students who want to become part of the Academy of Indigenous Scholars and take full advantage of their time at Okanagan College can provide and submit their contact information here. An Aboriginal Services staff member will get back to you shortly.