Presidents Message

Welcome to the NEC Native Education College website. Our great staff are working hard to provide the best upgrading, vocational and university transfer programs existing anywhere. We respond to the fantastic gifts and strengths that our students bring to their educational journey. We love the way our students connect with our staff, our Elders and engage with the whole experience of learning. This learning is often about honoring the legacy of the Indigenous peoples of these lands and carrying their rich cultural traditions forward for future generations. Join us for this special journey to understand the world around us and respect the people we encounter with gratitude for those who have gone before us. 

Dan Guinan  

Dan Guinan, B.Sc., M.Sc., Doc.Soc.Sci.

Dan is the president of the NEC Native Education College in Vancouver. He has a masters in zoology and a doctorate in social sciences. He first came to the Native Education College in 1991 as a science instructor in Aboriginal Adult Basic Education. He was also a Program Coordinator and Academic Dean and he helped develop many of the programs at the college.  As the college president, Dan serves on the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council and the board of ACCESS and is currently the Treasurer of both organizations. Dan is a lifelong learner with a passion for exploring the people and cultures of the world through reading, films, food and traveling.

Management Team

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Tammy Harkey
Vice President

Tammy Harkey is a successful educator with 10+ years of expertise supporting First Nations across the country develop and implement culturally relevant programming that supports Aboriginal learners. She is passionate about ensuring that learners have the support they need in order to achieve their maximum potential in society.

She serves on the Dogwood 25 Board of Directors, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association Board of Governors, and the Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Steering Committee.

Wendy Simon  

Wendy Simon, BA, MSW, RSW
Dean of Student Services and Registrar

Wendy Simon is grateful for the opportunity to work and live as an uninvited guest on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Wendy is a proud Haida/Hotinonshonni woman.  Wendy’s work as an educator and social worker has been informed by her traditional name/role which is Lightning Eagle Woman. As the Eagle that sits atop of the tree and sees the storms coming, Wendy carries the responsibility of warning and protecting the people. Wendy’s favourite days are when students, staff, and guests gather in the Longhouse to share in ceremony, songs, and laughter.
Tamara Starblanket  

Tamara Starblanket, BA, LL.B., LL.M
Dean of Academics

Tamara has been with the NEC since 2011 as the Program Coordinator of Aboriginal Justice Studies.  She is a Cree woman from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. She completed a Master of Laws degree at the University of Saskatchewan and has recently released a book Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State.  Tamara's remarkable educational journey included a certificate in public administration from the NEC in 1996.  In addition to being a genocide scholar, Tamara is an expert in developing post-secondary education to take an Indigenous standpoint and to build the national identities of the original nations on Turtle Island. 

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Nancy Xue, B.Sc., CPA, CGA
Director of Finance 

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