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High School - Aboriginal Program

Bow Valley College works to meet the needs of Indigenous learners and helps to ensure their success in school, work, and life.

We acknowledge that the land on which we offer this program is the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, and is also home of Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Mission Statement:
The Aboriginal Upgrading program at Bow Valley College is designed to provide Indigenous learners with an educational experience that integrates Indigenous knowledge, traditions and values. The Program is committed to providing flexible delivery for students in order to respond to the academic success and wellbeing of learners. The program builds and sustains relationships founded on reciprocity among students, faculty and the broader community.

If you plan to pursue a career program at Bow Valley College or elsewhere, we can help you complete the required prerequisite courses.

  • There is no fee to apply for the program and you will receive assistance through every step of the way.
  • The topics of tradition, culture, and community are an integral part of teaching along with support from Elders available at the Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre.
  • You will benefit from flexible hours in a nurturing learning environment where you can choose to take either full-time or part-time studies.

Aboriginal Program courses:
(Note: Courses marked with * are not for Alberta Education High School credit)

  • Reading 4, 5*
  • Writing 4, 5*
  • English Language Arts 10-1, 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2
  • Basic Math 1,2,3*
  • Prep Math 10*
  • Math 10-C, 10-3
  • Math 20-1, 20-2, 20-3
  • Math 30-1, 30-2, 30-3
  • Science Prep* 
  • Science 10, 20, 30
  • Biology 20, 30
  • Chemistry 20, 30
  • Physics 20, 30
  • Social Studies 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2
  • Aboriginal Studies 10, 20, 30
  • Microsoft Office Fundamentals* (2010)
  • Microsoft Office 10* (2010)

Start dates: Jan. 8, 2018
Location: South Campus
Registration: Call 403-476-2256 for more information
(Note: Government funding may be available for eligible students.)