Indigenous Program Development

At Royal Roads University, we are continuing to find ways to build Indigenous Program Developments that will to focus on facilitating long term relationships and partnerships with Indigenous communities, governments, private corporations and educational institutions. As Royal Roads University works with Indigenous communities to develop sustainable and progressive learning environments, these types of programs will build collaboration to enhance community engagement in the development of leadership and capacity building.

Building Community Partnerships

Yeekooche Learning Centre Project

In 2006, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) was signed between Yekooche First Nation and Royal Roads, which led to the establishment of a Learning Centre to enable participants, by learning to use technology, to either complete their high school education, develop pre-requisites for post-secondary training, or prepare for post-secondary education. The Learning Centre has received international recognition for its ‘de-institutionalized’ approach to learning. During this project, participants also developed operational skills to maintain the opening of the Learning Centre. This was an opportunity to access external resources to assist with economic development, language acquisition, video and music production or documenting cultural practices. Read more here.

Tse Tsa Watle Project

The Tse Tsa Watle (working with each other) project helped to develop a learning community, where traditional knowledge could be fused with academia. By using technology to record and document the Coast Salish traditions in a more physical form, the diversity of people who identify as First Nations was made more visible, helping students and faculty to develop a knowledge base about aboriginal and traditional culture. The project also created a safe place for aboriginal students to learn and promoted indigenizing educational tools. Please view the video above for further information.

For more information on program development for your community or if you would like to learn more about participating in a learning community contact us on 1.250.391.2600 ext. 4557 or e-mail Indigenous Education 

Community Engagement in Learning

Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with Tsawout First Nation to establish a ‘Community Engagement in Learning’ project. This project, with the support of Camosun College’s trades program and the Saanich School District, is designed to offer credit for courses taken through the project to assist those wishing to complete a Dogwood diploma.

Royal Roads University currently has MOUs with:

  • First Nations Technology Council
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
  • Yukon College