The Indigenous Adult & Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) was created to support and represent Aboriginal-controlled adult and post-secondary education institutes in British Columbia.
IAHLA provides a unified voice for more than 38 member institutes, and strives to support Aboriginal adult and post-secondary institutes through research, professional development, and networking opportunities. IAHLA also is committed to building strategic partnerships to enhance the quality of education available for Aboriginal adult and post-secondary learners.
IAHLA Board (2016-2017)
Verna Billy-Minnabarriet, Chair, Region: Secwepemc / St’át’imc / Nlakapamux, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Terbasket, Vice-Chair, Region: Kootenay / Okanagan En’owkin Centre, email@example.com
Louise Lacerte, Treasurer, Region: Tsilhqot’in / Carrier / Tse’kene, Lake Babine Nation, Louise.firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Schuster, Secretary, Member at Large, Lil’wat Nation / Mount Currie Band, email@example.com
Dr. Bernice Touchie, Region: Nuu-chah-nulth / Coast Salish, Ittatsoo Learning Centre, Bernice.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonita Wallas, Region: Kwakwaka’wakw/Heiltsuk/Nuxalk/ Oweekeno, email@example.com
Brenda Leighton, Member at Large, Coastal Training Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Warren, Region: Kaska / Dene / Tahltan/ Tagish/ Inland Tlingit, Kwadacha Dune Ty, email@example.com
Deanna Nyce, Region: Haida / Tsimshian/ Haisla/ Nisga’a, Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey Woods, Region: Gitksan/ et’suwet’en, Gitksan/Wet’suwet’en Education Society, Tracey.email@example.com
Our mission is to support quality post-secondary educational institutes that leverage Indigenous language, culture and knowledge to create adaptable, competent, skilled citizens who are able to contribute to local, provincial, and national advancement.
- To collect and disseminate relevant information to assist Indigenous adult and higher learning agencies in their provision of education services
- To undertake research that will benefit Indigenous adult and higher learning agencies throughout BC
- To facilitate networking and information sharing activities, such as conferences, meetings, and workshops
- To support collective professional development and training opportunities
- To undertake other support activities at the direction of Indigenous adult and higher learning agencies
- To solicit funding as necessary to undertake the activities listed above
What We Do
The Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) was formed in 2003 by adult learning centres and post-secondary education institutes in BC that are controlled by Aboriginal boards. This unique sector of adult and post-secondary education system makes a critical contribution to the success of Aboriginal learners in this province.
Working together through IAHLA, Aboriginal controlled adult and post-secondary education institutes are striving to do the following.
- Increase recognition of the institutes’ unique and successful approaches to community-based, culturally relevant learning
- Join public and private institutes as the third sector of the adult and post-secondary education community in BC
- Contribute in a direct and meaningful way to First Nations’ economic and social development efforts, and to First Nations’ efforts to promote and revitalize First Nations languages and cultures
- Gain recognition and accreditation for the institutes’ courses and programs
- Coordinate the development, accreditation, and sharing of courses and programs
- Develop and share curricula and credentials, particularly in First Nations language instruction and accreditation
- Collaborate to more effectively use existing resources and increase opportunities for adult learners
- Share successful approaches with public and private sector institutes to improve the overall success of Aboriginal adult learners
- Make innovative use of emerging communications and learning technologies, both to provide more educational choices to Aboriginal learners and to enhance networking amongst the institutes
- Promote the need for adequate, sustained core and program funding to support the critical efforts of Aboriginal institutes