IAHLA is committed to working in partnership with other Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations in order to effectively share information and resources, collaborate on relevant projects, and promote a coordinated approach to Aboriginal adult and post-secondary education issues in BC.
IAHLA strives to maintain a positive and effective relationship with relevant government agencies. In particular, IAHLA is actively involved in ongoing discussions with the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, with the intention of increasing recognition of and support for Aboriginal-controlled institutes in BC. IAHLA also communicates regularly with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to promote the needs and priorities of Aboriginal institutes with the federal government.
IAHLA is a founding member of the BC Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Partners Group, which reflects a significant commitment by post-secondary education stakeholders in BC. That group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2005 on Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training, which is designed to facilitate collective efforts to improve levels of participation and success of Aboriginal learners in post-secondary education and training.