Aboriginal students

Be future-ready with NAIT

At NAIT, we believe in fostering an environment and culture that builds on our diversity and creates an inclusive campus.  Through the Connecting the Four Directions strategy, we recognize our responsibility to develop opportunities for Aboriginal people, to represent the culture, and share and celebrate the successes of Aboriginal students at NAIT while creating a sense of belonging. 

As a prospective First Nations, Métis or Inuit student, discover why NAIT is the next step in your education journey. Our programs, pathways and support services will help you succeed in achieving your academic and personal goals. 

NAIT will prepare you to be future-ready with: 

  • Hands-on, technology-based programs
  • State-of-the-art labs and equipment
  • Co-op placements and work-integrated learning
  • Small class sizes: 20-50 students

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Territorial acknowledgement

NAIT respectfully honours and acknowledges that we are located on traditional Treaty 6 territory, and an important trading centre for the Métis people. 

Your future career

At NAIT, our hands-on, technology-based teaching and learning will open doors for you. Whether you want to run your own business, help others live a healthy lifestyle, become an expert tradesperson, or design and build a better future, NAIT will help give you the tools and confidence to start a meaningful career. 
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Degrees, diplomas and certificates

Explore our degree, diploma and certificate programs in business, sciences, technology, health and trades.

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Apprenticeship training

Interested in the trades? Choose an apprenticeship or diploma/certificate pathway to earn your Journeyperson Certificate.

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Community trades training

Community group training

We offer customized training programs, with flexible schedule options,  right to  your community.

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Pathways to NAIT

Many of our programs are designed to work with your schedule. Find the pathway that fits best for you based on your previous education and experience.

Some of our programs have a competitive entrance and/or program interview requirement, if you meet the eligibility requirements and minimum entrance requirements for your program of choice, we offer admissions pathways for Aboriginal applicants that allow you to gain admission. 

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Academic upgrading

Need to upgrade or review courses to get into  a diploma or certificate program? Our Academic Upgrading program is tailored to your unique goals and existing level of knowledge. 

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Open studies

Try out day, evening, or online credit courses without committing to a program. Take credit courses to meet entrance requirements for certain programs.

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Structured part-time pathways

Work or care for your family during the day, and pursue a diploma education in the evening, on weekends, or around your unique work schedule. 

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Our campus community

Being a part of a safe and welcoming  community is an integral part of your student journey. NAIT offers activities, cultural events including but not limted to; Bannock-Fest, Pîkskwetân (Let's Talk) series, Men's Pipe Ceremonies and Women's Circles,  and spaces tailored to the Aboriginal community to help you feel connected and engaged in a fun and enriching environment.

The Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre is a community gathering place where culture and tradition are welcome and encouraged. The centre is an integral part of the overall NAIT community and is committed to ensuring Aboriginal  student success both inside and outside of the classroom.  

Meet with an Aboriginal Liaison Specialist

Have questions? Chat with one of our Aboriginal Liaison Specialists to discuss our community, programs, pathways and supports.

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Nisohkamatotan Centre

A community gathering place where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students can gather to network, study and share their post-secondary learning experiences.  

Find out more Take a virtual tour of the Centre

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Meet the team

We are dedicated to helping students succeed in everything they do. Our team combines many years of experience working with Aboriginal students. 

Meet the team

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Events

Find out what's happening at the  Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre. Drop in and get to know us, all are welcome! 

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Support services

Our welcoming and inclusive campus environment will support you in your educational success, making industry and employer connections, having fun, meeting new people and exploring your future. We offer services and supports to help you be successful in your in-person and online learning.
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Academic supports

Get the learning tools and resources you need to support your success including; tutoring, learning strategy sessions, assistive technology, exam support, study groups and online resources and more.

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Health and well-being

Students' health and well-being are top priorities at NAIT. We have counselling services, peer support, recreation programs, a fitness facility and more. 

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Jobs and career

Get help writing the perfect resume, practice interview skills and prepare for your professional future with the help of our qualified team of career advisors.

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The NAIT community

Whether you join a student group, catch a sports game or attend an event, you'll find endless ways to get involved in NAIT's community. 

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Continue exploring

There are even more ways to explore our programs, services and campus! Check out our Prospective Aboriginal Youth (PAY) program or  digital viewbook. You can also discover new programs with the Find Your Future Quiz and explore more with upcoming events, info sessions and our virtual campus tour.

Student Success Stories

Share in the successes of a diverse group of Aboriginal students and celebrate their journey and impact in the community.


The Prospective Aboriginal Youth Program

The Prospective Aboriginal Youth program establishes relationships between NAIT and Aboriginal youth in Alberta and across Canada.


Find Your Future Quiz

How do your skills and personality match up with a NAIT program? Take our short quiz and get some ideas about what programs would be a good choice for you.

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Digital Viewbook

Scroll through our easy-to-follow digital guide to NAIT and our 2023-2023 program offerings.

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Tours, events and info sessions

Take a virtual tour of campus, explore our virtual events and sign up for an info session to learn more about NAIT and our programs.

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Quick links to key information

Learn about our program entrance requirements and pathways. 

Program requirements

Admission pathways

Follow our step-by-step guide to the application process.

How to apply

Resources to make your time at NAIT financially stress-free.

Financial supportFunding    Aboriginal Student Scholarships and Bursaries (pdf) 

Housing options

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Ask a NAIT Recruiter

Interested in applying? Meet with a NAIT recruiter one-on-one to ask about entrance requirements, how to complete the online application  and what NAIT student life is like. 

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