Welcome to Indigenous Services. We provide assistance to our First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students – from prospective students to alumni – in achieving their career and personal goals. Through our Circle of Services, you can access:
- information on programs, admissions, registration and study skills
- assistance with Indigenous funding, awards and scholarships
- personal, cultural, academic and career advising
- social, educational, cultural and sporting events
Situated on traditional Blackfoot territory, Lethbridge College recognizes and celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the Blackfoot people. Our Aboriginal Framework policy reads:
The Blackfoot people welcome Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to share in their rich heritage and culture. Lethbridge College is dedicated to providing high-quality education and support services with close links to the community through partnerships and being a fully engaged member of the local community.
Discover all that Lethbridge College has to offer our Indigenous students.
Circle of Services
We developed the Circle of Services to support you at every step on your journey as you pursue your goals for your future. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or a mature student looking to upgrade your skills, we can provide you with quality career and academic advising, employment preparation services and close links to the community.
Our Recruitment office provides tours and school visits to interested, prospective and current students. Our Indigenous recruiter can visit your:
- high school
- community event
- career fair
- employment agency
As one of the first points of contact for Indigenous students, our Indigenous recruiter helps support and encourage Indigenous students to be successful in attaining a post-secondary education. Indigenous Support Services and Program presentations can be arranged upon request.
To arrange a visit or presentation, contact our Indigenous recruiter at 1-800-572-0103 ext. 3322 or 403-320-3322.
Indigenous academic and career advisor
Our academic advisor, with Indigenous focus, can help you identify career opportunities that match your interests and skills, explore programs, determine admission requirements and help forge the path towards your future. Advisors can also assist you with accessing support services, course registration, funding and program transfer opportunities.
Indigenous student advisor
Working closely with college faculty and staff, our Indigenous student advisor facilitates open and respectful communication between you and college services and departments to ensure your needs are best served. The Indigenous student advisor is responsible for providing you with referrals to student support services both on- and off-campus, as well as enhancing your student experience through cultural support, events and activities.
Indigenous Cultural Support
Through the Indigenous Cultural Support program, you can connect with Elders, spiritual advisors, leaders and role models. Elders and spiritual advisors make regularly scheduled visits to campus and are available to meet individually with you. This opportunity allows you to benefit from the support, traditional knowledge and guidance of the Elders.
Indigenous Student Advisory Council
We are pleased to have our own Indigenous Student Advisory Council. The council’s mission is to raise positive awareness about beliefs and culture while creating a circle of support for Indigenous students through inclusion, empowerment and interdependence. The council works to:
- foster better relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples
- reduce racism and discrimination
- provide peer support
- plan Indigenous activities on campus
FNMI Career Pathways
Grow and expand your circle of influences and experiences in the Indigenous Career Pathways program. This eight-month program is ideal for those who may not be ready to enter a full-time college program yet but want to enhance their opportunities for success and sample a variety of program offerings. Find out more about this program.
All are welcome in the Niitsitapi Gathering Place – a gathering place for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and the home of the Indigenous Students Club and Indigenous Cultural Support Program. Come meet old and new friends, use the computers, work on class assignments and participate in various student activities throughout the year.
Our logo captures the essence of Lethbridge College’s Indigenous education programs and support services. Representing a Blackfoot tipi cover, the logo signifies the college’s dedication to providing an inclusive learning environment for all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.