Gitwinksihlkw, BC – The Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute (WWN Institute) and Northwest Community College (NWCC) have renewed an agreement to collaborate in providing more educational and training opportunities for Nisga’a people in northwestern BC.
The agreement represents a strong commitment by both institutions to continue their long-standing partnership to deliver academic, vocational, and technical programs as well as continuing education for adult learners.
Through this agreement, NWCC and the WWN Institute wish to consider jointly developing and delivering programs and courses designed to preserve, protect, interpret and promote the history, language and culture of Nisga’a people.
“The WWN Institute is pleased to continue working with NWCC to deliver post-secondary education to the Nisga’a people that embraces our nation’s culture and reflects the educational and training needs of our communities,” said Deanna Nyce, President and CEO, Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute.
“This unique and innovative partnership with the WWN Institute strengthens NWCC’s commitment to inclusiveness and empowerment of the communities that we serve through distributed learning,” said Dr. Denise Henning, President and CEO, Northwest Community College.
With the oversight of a Joint Collaboration Committee, NWCC and the WWN Institute will plan programs, implement specific Nisga’a and First Nations curriculum, and develop dual credit, joint certificate, diploma and associate or applied degree programs. NWCC will also appoint the President and another member of the WWN Institute to sit on NWCC’s First Nations Council.
Northwest Community College is an accredited post-secondary education institution that offers a range of comprehensive courses and programs to the northwest region of British Columbia. It serves this area through campuses in Haida Gwaii (Kaay Llnagaay, Masset, Village of Queen Charlotte), Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and First Nations populations and reflects this diversity in its programs, services and workforce.
About the WWN Institute
The Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a Institute is a community driven, student focused aboriginal post-secondary institute located in the picturesque Nass Valley of Northern BC. It offers Nisga’a adults equitable access to quality learning where they live and work.