December 5, 2006: Capilano College Aboriginal students to benefit from increased funding

      Tuesday, December 5, 2006
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Tuesday’s announcement by the provincial government regarding additional money for Aboriginal students through the Chief Joe Mathias B.C. Aboriginal Scholarship Fund will provide additional incentive to those students currently attending Capilano College.

      The College already offers some specific Aboriginal awards in addition to the various scholarships and bursaries for all students that are available. Some of these awards include: the First Nations Award; the HSBC Bank Canada Aboriginal Award; the Laura (Pat) Band & Richard Band Scholarship; the Squamish Nation Scholarship; and the Xats'alanexw Siyaam Scholarship Endowment.

      Capilano College has long been committed to improving the levels of participation and success of Aboriginal learners. Unique programs, such as the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program and the First Nations Tourism Management Cooperative program were developed to specifically address the learning needs of Aboriginal students. The institution also offers several university transfer programs that contain Aboriginal content. These include Psychology, Political Studies, Linguistics, and Anthropology. In addition, the College’s First Nations Student Services department provides support, advice and counseling to Aboriginal students enrolled in College programs.

      “Research shows that Aboriginal students who graduate from post-secondary education achieve higher levels of employment and income,” says Jessica Thoms, executive director of the Capilano College Foundation. “This award will provide encouragement and financial support for students to be successful in school and beyond into the workforce.”

      The College’s Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking is a two-year, full-time diploma program. Graduates work as production assistants, camera operators/assistants, editing assistants, editors, writers and production managers.

      For more information on the program, visit, or call 604.990.7904.

      Known for its innovative programs‚ some of which are unique in Canada‚ Capilano College is committed to enabling the success of its students. The College’s three campuses, located in North Vancouver, Squamish and in Sechelt, serve 7,500 credit and 7,000 non-credit students annually.