Indigenous Education

Keyano College has been a provider of community adult learning programs within the region of Wood Buffalo since 1976. We recognize the unique needs of these communities and hope to be flexible and accessible with our programming in order to help them achieve their training goals.

Customized Programs PartnershipsIndigenous Student Centre
Indigenous Student Recognition Indigenization Annual Events


Customized Programs

Customized programs designed at the request of the communities are available - GED training, training to employment programs, computer basic workshops, online learning, teleconference/remote delivery, and cultural workshops.

Some examples of customized programs are:

 GED Plus
This program offers GED preparation as well as career planning and employment skills. GED programs in the past have been offered in regional communities as well as in Fort McMurray.
 Indigenous Youth Exploring the Trades
Students are given the opportunity to explore trades that are in high demand based on collaboration with local industry. Students will also practice math and science skills that will support their entrance into the trades.
 Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care
The 32 week online program gives students practical experiences in early learning and child care at each stage in a child's development. This includes learning how to create programs for children and give lessons through problem solving. Online learning makes this opportunity more accessible to people in rural and Indigenous communities. 
 Class 2 MELT
The proposed training would result in safer and more highly skilled bus drivers. The driver training will reinforce driving theory, skills practice, and promote positive driving attitudes. The training includes a government mandated number of training hours for in-class, in-year, and in-vehicle training. 
 Haul Truck
The four week Haul Truck Operator course, which provides students with the skills and training needed to safely operate a haul truck, based on manufacturers' recommendations and industry standards. The course is made up of theory-based training, computer module training, and practical simulations and exercises. Students will be prepared for an entry level position as a haul truck operator in the industry. 
 Greater Regional Indigenous Partnership (GRIP)
The intent was to develop training opportunities to support industry demand for Indigenous employees for five years in the Wood Buffalo Region. The duration of the project is approximately four weeks of customized training in preparation for employment with CEDA, Ledcor, Primoris, and Centrefire and then one month of follow up support.
 Urban Indigenous Employment Preparation Program (UIEPP)
This is the GED program. The proposed training would provide participants with essential skills and customized academic assessment and readiness based on their identified career goals. The program will be structured to maximize the benefits to the trainee within the 18 week timeline.

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An integral part of successful programs is collaboration. Indigenous Education is very fortunate to have several stakeholders and partners that help us provide programs that are relevant to our communities and region. We create great things together by sharing our expertise, knowledge, and persistence. 

Indigenous Education cannot achieve what it does without the participation of partners such as Athabasca Tribal Council, Rupertsland Institute, Government of Alberta, leadership from regional communities, and local industry. It is through collaboration and innovation that we can meet the education and training needs of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Indigenous Education supports students and staff to attend local events like the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association Business Showcase. It is inspiring to learn from local entrepreneurs and see what the region is doing in the way of business and innovation.


Indigenous Student Centre

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) promotes a respectful and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff. It acts as a central hub to gather and find a sense of belonging. The ISC cultivates community connection and student support. Several events take place in the ISC throughout the academic year, providing Indigenous teachings, crafts, guest speakers, music, etc. 

The ISC is located on the main floor of the Clearwater Campus, room CC-155, next to the Security desk. Please stop by the ISC to learn more!


Indigenous Student Recognition

All declared Indigenous students receive recognition at their convocation ceremony. Indigenous ceremonies are part of the College community and celebrations. 



Indigenous ways of knowing are incorporated into certificate programs at the College. Community Based Environmental Monitoring braided the Indigenous and Western knowledge into the curriculum. This was an essential part of the Early Learning and Child Care Certificate curriculum redesign. When available, we reach out to our knowledge holders who can share their authentic experiences in ways that support our students learning.


Annual Events

Annual events include:

  • Orange T-Shirt Day
  • Metis Day and flag raising 
  • Christmas Elder Day
  • Bannock Day
  • Louis Riel Day
  • Reconciliation Day
  • Indigenous Awareness Day
  • Teepee (tipi) raising
  • Indigenous Caucus