Bow Valley College is the comprehensive community college for approximately 1.3 million Albertans in Calgary and the surrounding region. Serving more than 13,000 full- and part-time learners each year, Bow Valley College is a leader in business and health career training, adult upgrading, and English Language Learning. BVC’s Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES), workplace training for immigrant professionals and employment services provide a wide range of services.
Building Pathways for Indigenous Learners
In the summer of 2013, Bow Valley College officially opened its doors to the Bow Valley College Iniikokaan Indigenous Centre. The Iniikokaan Indigenous Centre is dedicated to Indigenous learners, providing access to cultural resources, traditional teachings, and a place to gather and celebrate with the broader community. At the centre, Bow Valley College’s Indigenous learners can meet with Indigenous Elders for counselling, enjoy space for independent or group study, and participate in cultural ceremonies — including smudge ceremonies, an essential part of the Blackfoot way of life. All support services are aimed at Indigenous learner success.
Bow Valley College Iniikokaan Indigenous Centre Services include:
- Provides advocacy for Métis funding and First Nations Band funding
- Organizes cultural resources, such as Elder sessions and ceremonies
- Facilitates sessions on Indigenous cultural ways of knowing
- Collaborates with BVC’s departments to enhance student recruitment and retention
Bow Valley College is committed to enhancing Indigenous learner success in order for them to Learn a better living™ and Live a better life.