Support Services

Resources

Funding Information

If you are an Indigenous student and looking for information on funding options for your post-secondary education, please go to our Apply to Okanagan College page.

It provides information on sponsorship requirements and how the Aboriginal Transitions Planner can help with the application process.

Events

Aboriginal Services runs monthly workshops, potlucks and cultural programming. We facilitate larger campus wide events such as the yearly Youth Exhibition Powwow, Aboriginal Career Fair and Aboriginal Student Recognitions Ceremony.

If you want to know how to take part in any of these events, or you would like to volunteer to help with these then please go to our News and Events page for more information.

Or contact the Aboriginal Services department at aboriginal@okanagan.bc.ca

Housing
Kelowna College Campus Housing

If you're looking to stay on campus then the Skaha Place residences might be for you. Skaha Place is located on the KLO campus and has two different room options: pods and private studio suites. The Student Housing Department strives to provide reasonable and competitive prices. Inquire and apply early because space is limited. The Student Residence webpage is the place to find out more about the residences. You can apply online.

Off-campus Housing Links
Aboriginal Organizations
College Region First Nation Communities
  • PO Box 1100
  • Chase, BC, VOE 1MO
  • Phone: (250) 679-8841
  • Fax: (250) 679-8813
  • Website Address: http://www.lslib.com/
  • PO Box 100
  • Keremeos, BC, V0X IN0
  • Tel: (250) 499-5528
  • Fax: (250) 499-5538
  • Website Address: http://www.lsib.net/
  • 12420 Westside Rd
  • Vernon, BC, V1T 7Z3
  • Tel: (250) 542-4328
  • Fax: (250) 542-4990
  • Website Address: https://okib.ca/
  • RR#3, S-25, C-1
  • Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
  • Tel: (250) 498-3444
  • Fax: (250) 498-6577
  • Website Address: http://www.oib.ca/
  • RR#2, S-80, C-19
  • lienticton, BC, V2A 6J7
  • Tel: (250) 493-0048
  • Fax: (250) 493-2882
  • Website Address: http://www.pib.ca/
  • #301–515 Hwy. 97S
  • Kelowna, BC, V1Z 3J2
  • Tel: (250) 769-4999
  • Fax: (250) 769-4377
  • Website Address: https://www.wfn.ca/
College Region Community Support
  • 2902 29th AVE.
  • Vernon, BC, V1T 1Y7
  • Phone: (250) 542-1247
  • Fax: (250) 542-3707
  • 202-2949 Pandosy St.
  • Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1W1
  • Phone: (250) 860-0950
  • Fax: (250) 860-0976
  • 442 Leon Avenue
  • Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6J3
  • Phone: (250) 763-4905
  • Fax: (250) 861-5514
  • Website Address: http://www.kfs.bc.ca/
  • 259 Wade Ave West
  • Penticton, BC, V2A 1T9
  • Phone: (250) 492-0759
  • 471 2nd St. SE
  • Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4H3
  • Phone: (250) 832-7012
  • Phone: (250) 769-1977
  • Fax: (250) 769-1866
  • 114-15401 Kal Rd
  • Vernon, BC, V1B 1Z3
  • Phone: (250) 542-9037

Academy of Indigenous Scholars

Description

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

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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 own achievement plan.


Intellectual Supports Emotional Supports Spiritual Supports Physical Support
Tutorial sessions Counselors Elders Financial Aid and Awards
Study skills and exam preparations seminar(s) Peer mentors On-campus events Accessibility Services
Faculty meetings (at lease twice a semester) Recognition Ceremony Community events Academic advising
Aboriginal Transitions Planners Community sweat lodge access Physical/recreational activities
Weekly smudge Completion bursaries
Eligibility for the Academy of Indigenous Scholars

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 enroll 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
Apply to Academy of Indigenous Scholars

Students will receive an email from an Aboriginal Transitions Planner to arrange a meeting time.

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

Interested students can take full advantage of the Academy of Indigenous Scholars by applying to the Academy. An Aboriginal Services staff member will get back to you shortly.

na’ʔk’ʷulamən Garden

Summary

Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus is home to a traditional garden. The name na’ʔk’ʷulamən generally translates to "the things that we do". The garden was established to celebrate and recognize the rich history and knowledge of the Indigenous people of the region.

Go to the na’ʔk’ʷulamən Garden page

Indigenization

Summary

Okanagan College Indigenization looks to connect each campus to respective Indigenous peoples’ knowledge, language and active presence.

As a part of Okanagan College’s commitment to enhancing the participation of Aboriginal learners, the College provides Aboriginal support services at each of the four campuses.

Our goal is to provide culturally relevant support including:

  • Visiting Elders
  • Cultural and Academic Workshops
  • Aboriginal Peer Mentors
  • Aboriginal Student Centres
  • Aboriginal Awards Information/Scholarships/Bursary
  • Assistance with Band Funding Applications
  • Providing Personalized Daily Supports
  • Computer Access