About Us

Native Education College

NEC acknowledges the traditional territories of the Four Nations in the Greater Vancouver Area: Musqueam Nation, Squamish Nation, Tsawwassen Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.  The NEC is an effective and efficient institution committed to continuous improvement and excellence and its board, management and staff work collaboratively to provide culturally relevant education, training and personal growth for Indigenous learners.

NEC's Vision

The Native Education College is the college of choice for Indigenous learners who chose Indigenous cultural supports for the realization of their education and career goals.



Mission Statement

The NEC Native Education College provides a culturally appropriate and supportive learning environment for Indigenous learners, within available resources. Non-Indigenous learners are welcome.

In pursuit of this Mission, the NEC Native Education College will bring about the following results: 

  • Learners will experience a learning environment that respects and reflects the diversity of Indigenous culture.
  • Learners get the support they need to achieve their educational goals in a way that respects their individual cultural values.
  • Learners are prepared for meaningful roles in Indigenous communities and society in general.
  • Graduates are prepared for employment or to go on to further their education
  • Graduates receive recognition in the form of a certificate, diploma or degree.
  • There is an informed respectful working relationship amongst Indigenous groups.
  • The public is better informed on Indigenous education issues.


  • Diversity  We recognize that while we are all Indigenous people, we come from many nations. We celebrate the diversity of our ways as a source of strength within our nations. Thus in diversity we find unity.

  • Respect  We recognize that nothing is barred from consideration as long as it does not intrude into the lives of others. From our unity arises our respect for Mother Earth, upon which we all depend, our respect for the ways and opinion of others, even if we do not share those ways or opinions. In respecting others, we respect ourselves; our capacity to appreciate each other as we are, and our resolve not to see our ways compromised.

  • Gratitude  From our unity arises our responsibility to our present generation and generations yet unborn and our gratitude to the generations that have come before us.

  • Understanding  We will rely on example and persuasion rather than authority and force when change is considered. We are determined to explore the limits of our understanding.

  • Accountability  We all have a role to perform that is an extension of a grand design. As adults we share freedom of choice and freedom of action and thus we also have the responsibility to accept the results of our choices and actions.


Strategic Plan

This plan was completed through a series of engagement and planning sessions with leadership, learners, staff, management, and board of directors between March 2016 to September 2016.  We are proud of this engagement that resulted in a high quality plan that sets an example for our future plans.

Goals & Objectives

Goal 1 - Confident and Successful Graduates

Objective 1a:  First Choice for Indigenous Learners

Objective 1b:  Enhance Indigeneity

Objective 1c:  Flourishing Learners


Goal 2 - Empowered Employees

Objective 2a:  Increased Efficiency

Objective 2b:  Enhanced Communications


Goal 3 - Successful Partnerships

Goal 4 - Financial Sustainability

Download a copy of our Strategic Plan 2017 - 2022



Curiosity leads to WISDOM.
Perseverance leads to COURAGE.
Kindness leads to RESPECT.
Fairness leads to JUSTICE.
Hope leads to TRANSCENDENCE.

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