CapU and Lil'wat Nation Sign Affiliation Agreement

CapU and Lil'wat Nation Sign Affiliation Agreement

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President Paul Dangerfield (centre) and Dean of Education, Health & Human Development Brad Martin (right) at the Ts'Zil Learning Center agreement signing.

On August 26, 2019 Capilano University and Lil'wat Nation signed an affiliation agreement at the newly re-opened Ts'zil Learning Centre (TLC) in Mount Currie, B.C. that serves the Lil'wat Nation and other Indigenous peoples. The agreement recognizes shared values and commitments as they continue to work together to deliver post-secondary learning opportunities.  

“This agreement is an important step for Capilano University,” says Paul Dangerfield, president of Capilano University. “With mutual respect, in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we work in partnership with the Lil'wat Nation to collaborate on developing culturally relevant programs and services that are delivered in an inclusive way.”

TLC was established in 1998, and CapU faculty began teaching courses at the Centre the following year. After 20 years of operating out of trailers, TLC now has a permanent home. Courses are offered in adult education; Lil'wat language, history and culture; carpentry and other vocational skills. Last year, the University granted $300,000 for the TLC to purchase new classroom tables and chairs, computer lab chairs and desks, instructional audio-video equipment and student lounge furniture.

“Students need the right tools to achieve academic success. We were pleased to support the re-opening of Ts’zil Learning Centre with funding to help outfit the Centre with furniture and resources designed for a university learning environment,” says Dangerfield.

The Lil'wat Nation develops its own long-range educational plan, and CapU supports the development and implementation of this plan by offering advice and expertise related to post-secondary education and teaching courses in Mount Currie.

To view the full article, visit Capilano University News.

About Ts'zil Learning Centre

Situated in Mount Currie, Ts'zil Learning Centre has served Lil'wat and non-First Nations people since 1998. Ts'zil provides quality, culturally inclusive, holistic education based in Lil'wat cultural renewal creating in a comfortable, safe and supported learning environment. To learn more about the Centre, visit: https://lilwat.ca/citizenservices/education/tszil/ 

Submitted by: President's Office