Aboriginal-governed institute offers first ever degree program.
With an eye to giving Aboriginal students the edge when it comes to shaping social policy in their communities, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is an aboriginal run, private institute in Merritt, British Columbia, that was started in 1983. External link
Delivered jointly with the Thompson Rivers University Thompson Rivers University has its main campus in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada and a second campus in Williams Lake, BC. TRU was formally inaugurated April 1st, 2005 and is the result of the merger of the University College of the Cariboo and British Columbia Open University. , this is the first degree program approved for the Aboriginal-governed institute.
The program builds on a bachelor of social work degree program offered by the university and institute since 1998. The institute program has an Aboriginal-centred curriculum and includes courses in Aboriginal life cycles, Aboriginal perspectives on social policy, ethical practice in Aboriginal communities, and cultural immersion immersion /im·mer·sion/ (i-mer´zhun)
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Twenty five seats are available in each of the institute's Merritt and Vancouver campuses, where intake will also take place.
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3. institute president Casey Sheridan, "Offering our first degree program in partnership with Thompson River Thompson River
A river, about 489 km (304 mi) long, of southern British Columbia, Canada, formed by the confluence of northern and southern branches and flowing west and southwest to the Fraser River. It was discovered by Simon Fraser in 1808. University recognizes our long-standing relationship. Students may now benefit from the Aboriginal-centred programs we offer as they pursue their bachelor's degree in social work."
The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is British Columbia's Aboriginal public post-secondary institution offering credentials CREDENTIALS, international law. The instruments which authorize and establish a public minister in his character with the state or prince to whom they are addressed. If the state or prince receive the minister, he can be received only in the quality attributed to him in his credentials. in fields linked to community, social, economic, land and First Nations self-governance development. Government is supporting the institute this year with more than $7 million in operating grants, an increase of almost nine percent over 2007-08.