First Nations Colleges

What are First Nations Colleges?

  • First Nations (FN) Colleges provide an educational experience while fostering First Nations culture and traditions.
  • These colleges deliver a range of learning opportunities, including credentialed and accreditedprograms, as well as provide services that meet the needs of their students, communities and the future.


 College Name  Location  Programming Focus Transfer Agreements with Alberta post-secondary institutions 
University nuhelot’ine tthaiyots’i nista meymakanak Blue Quills St. Paul  Offers upgrading, Cree language, trades, business and leadership, diploma and certificate programs, as well as bachelors and masters degree programs (in collaboration with public post-secondary institutions) Transfer Agreements
Maskwacis Cultural College Maskwacis Offers basic adult literacy programs, Cree language culture certificate, diplomas, and university transfer programs Transfer Agreements
Old Sun Community College Siksika Offers basic adult upgrading, Blackfoot language certificate and diploma learning opportunities, as well as degree programs in collaboration with public post-secondary institutions.   Check with institution
Red Crow Community College Cardston Offers upgrading, Blackfoot language, and certificate and diploma programs Transfer Agreements
Yellowhead Tribal College Edmonton Offers adult basic upgrading, a range of preparatory programs, and certificate and diploma programs in management, human services, health care, education, and information technology Transfer Agreements

Support for FN Colleges

  • Alberta Advanced Education has provided grant funding to FN colleges since 2007.
  • In 2015-16, the department provided $3.2 million to the five FN colleges to support programs and services that enhance access, increase retention, and improve learning outcomes for Aboriginal students.