Resources for Indigenous Learners

Career pathway information for Indigenous Learners in BC

Consider a career as a Health Care Assistant where you will care for Elders and others who require individualized support to continue living in their own homes and in the community.

To learn more about the role of an HCA, watch the following videos:

Check out these WorkBC profiles for more information:

You may wish to attend an HCA program that focuses on working with First Nations and Indigenous communities, such as the Health Care Assistant – Indigenous program at Camosun College, the Health Care Assistant Program at Native Education College, or the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT).

Career Exploration

BC’s Career Guide for Indigenous People 2018 offers information on career planning, employment, education, and training resources available for Indigenous job seekers.

Learn about the Career Journeys First Nations Career Role Model Program developed by First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to support elementary and secondary level students who are starting to think about their career journeys.

The Guide to Indigenous Organizations and Services is a comprehensive list of Indigenous community-based services and organizations that can help you find education, employment, Friendship Centres, and other local resources.

The Career Compass online tool offers information on career outlook in BC. Learn more about BC regions and start planning your education.


Plan your post-secondary journey with Aboriginal Learning Links. You’ll find resources for choosing and paying for your post-secondary education, as well as information on on-campus services, child care, and housing.

ACCESS (Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society) offers education, training, counselling, and financial services to help members of urban Aboriginal community overcome barriers.

Education and Training for Indigenous People provides a range of Government of Canada assistance programs for Indigenous people.

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training has resources for education planning and financial support.

Financial Support

If you need financial assistance in order to enroll in an HCA program, there are options available. Please contact an HCA education program about available financial supports, or follow the links for more information about loans, scholarships, bursaries, and more:

HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program

Health Match BC provides support to future HCAs who aim to register with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry through the HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program. This program includes financial assistance to complete the NCAS assessment and registration process as well as valuable guidance and connections to education and employment opportunities. The HCA Program Info Sheet describes, in more detail, the supports available through this program.

Find a Job

WorkBC Employment Services Centres provides support for Indigenous people looking for jobs and offers a wide range of services including career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, education planning, and financial support.

Find the WorkBC Centre nearest you using the interactive map.

Northern Corridor Centres offer resources and training to help Indigenous people find meaningful employment, including resume and cover letter building, career planning, interview skills, and job boards.

Metis Employment & Training Program (METP) can help improve your employment potential, earning capacity, and self-sufficiency. Contact your local office.

Check out programs that are available to expand your work experience and skills:

Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program (ISET):

Learn about work experience, skills training, and job search assistance. Offers a range of wraparound services (such as help with child care supports and transportation) while you’re training to achieve your long-term career goals. Click here to find a service provider in B.C.

Indigenous Youth Internship Program:
Build your professional and leadership skills while you experience a career in government.

Aboriginal Employment Programs

Some health authorities have dedicated teams to support Indigenous applicants with employment readiness and application processes to build a health system that honours diversity and provides culturally safe services:

Other Resources

  • BC Friendship Centres is an umbrella organization for the 25 Friendship Centres located throughout BC. You can find resources on bursaries, scholarships, employment, and training.
  • First Nations Drum Newspaper is Canada’s largest Aboriginal newspaper, designed to inform on a range of topics such as education.
  • SAY Magazine publishes regular issues on topics of career development, education, and employment.

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