November 25, 2020

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NEC Alumni, Tammy Harkey is new President at Native Education College.

Vancouver, B.C. – Tammy Harkey has developed a longstanding career in Indigenous education and social justice, focusing on management, operations and strategic direction to grow and improve educational advancements for Indigenous people. An advocate in advancing institutional mission and creating an environment that fosters holistic learning and development under the context of an Indigenous worldview. Tammy is a proud member of the Musqueam Indian Band and is honored to take on this lead role at the Native Education College.

With more than 25 years of senior administrative experience in the areas of curriculum, grassroots programming, governance and leadership, Tammy has a track record of success in leading through innovative change and utilizing strategic planning, prudent financial management, and collaborative governance. Her commitment to serving Indigenous learners and preparing them for professional competence, lifelong learning and community responsibility has earned her a reputation as a skilled administrator, engaged educator, and community leader.

Tammy has served as Dean of Student Services, Vice President Operations and is a proud alumnus of the Native Education College. She has held a myriad of senior positions in the province, including Founding Director at the Mother’s Matter Institute, Program Lead at B.C. Public Service, and Community Coordinator at Simon Fraser University. She has held a longstanding elected role, as senior Councilor for the Musqueam Indian Band, as the Chair of Community Services.

Tammy has served in numerous capacities over the years, on a variety of boards including the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, the Dogwood 25 Board of Directors, Simon Fraser University, Indigenous Advisory and a Director for the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Musqueam Capital Corporation, Investment Committee, and the Musqueam/YVR Relationship Committee.

Tammy began her post-secondary journey at the Native Education College, completing a diploma in Early Childhood Education, and Child Welfare, later completing a Degree in Montessori Education, and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and she remains committed to her lifelong learning, and reciprocal sharing of knowledge as an Indigenous woman, mother and grandmother.

Tammy has extensive experience supporting communities develop and implement culturally appropriate programming that best supports learners. She is passionate about ensuring that learners have the supports that they need to achieve their maximum potential in society. She is committed to the advancement of her Indigenous community with a conscious recognition of the past, an awareness of present-day needs, and a vision for a better tomorrow.

President Harkey resides in her home community on the Musqueam Indian reserve with her partner, Dwayne. Her family includes two daughters; Megan (and her husband James), Danielle (and her partner Taylor), and two grandchildren Lennox and Paxton.

On behalf of the NEC Board of Directors, we are proud to announce the procurement of NEC’s President, and we are honored to have secured an NEC Alumnus to undertake this leadership role.

-Board Chair, Leonard Laboucan




About Native Education College

The Native Education College (NEC) was established in 1967 and founded by Ray Collins. The College, then called the Native Education Centre, began as a project to meet the educational needs of Indigenous people who relocated to Vancouver, BC from their rural First Nation communities. The overall objective was to provide Indigenous adult learners with the academic and life skills to secure employment and improve their quality of life. By 1979, NEC became a private College, operated and controlled by BC First Nations. Today, we offer a variety of programs in academic upgrading, business, health sciences, social sciences & humanities, or fine arts. Most of our certificate and diploma programs are transferrable to other post-secondary schools in British Columbia. NEC provides a supportive learning environment, including cultural activities, which creates a connection to the Indigenous community of Metro Vancouver. We strive to meet workforce demands by delivering a variety of academic programs that are pathways to higher education and career opportunities. Learn more at 


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