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Two new degree-granting post-secondary schools in B.C.

MERRITT, B.C.

The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology was designated a public post-secondary institution under the College and Institute Act Dec. 4.

This will allow NVIT to grant fully accredited certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in its own name. Courses were previously accredited through other public post-secondary institutions.

NVIT is one of two new Aboriginal public institutions in B.C., the second being the Institute of Indigenous Government opened in September in Vancouver which is also degree granting.

Education and training courses at NVIT include business administration, academic studies, community economic development, fine art, social work, developmental education, natural resource technology and sexual abuse worker.

NVIT will receive about $2 million for operation costs from the Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour for the 1995/96 school year.

Chief Gordon Antoine, Janice Antoine, Rita Fortier, Cindy Lindley, Eliza Montgomery, Chief Kwaintoo, Shackelly and Chief Victor York of the Nicola Valley, and Wayne Christian of Armstrong, Elmer Derrick of Terrace, Garry Merkel of Kimberley and Lorraine Moses of Kamloops have been appointed to the board of directors for terms ending July 31, 1996. The chair is Chief Antoine.

In Vancouver, the Institute of Indigenous Government was established by the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in 1991. It was designated a provincial institute in May 1995 and admitted its first students to its certificate and degree programs in September.

The institute's four areas of specialization are political development and leadership, economic and social development, Indigenous government administration, and international Indigenous relations.

"The Institute of Indigenous Government is a milestone in the recognition of the principle of Indian control of Indian education at the postsecondary level, said Chief Saul Terry, President of the Union of B.C. Chiefs.

"It is a step toward realizing our people's goal of self-determination. The institute is committed to success, success for our students and success for our Nations."

Terry said the institute also stands as success for the Joint Policy Council, which was created by the Union and the province to establish a government-to-government relationship and address issues of mutual importance.

"It must be counted a success also for the recognition and support being provided by Human Resources Development Canada," said Terry.
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