Current Conditions

Mostly Cloudy

Okanagan College teams up with Westbank First Nation

Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton, left, and Westbank First Nation chief Robert Louie.
Image Credit: Contributed
February 12, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KELOWNA – Okanagan College and the Westbank First Nation have formally committed to work together to increase access to education for WFN students.

The Memorandum of Understanding represents a commitment by both organizations to work together on projects and programs that will increase access to post secondary education and build professional capacity.

Okanagan College has one of the fastest growing rates of Aboriginal student participation in the area, according to a media release. In 2015 roughly 1,500 Aboriginal students studied at the college.

Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton says the timing was right to make the collaboration official.

“Okanagan College and Westbank First Nation have been working together for decades,” Hamilton says in the release. “Both of our organizations signed the Colleges and Institutes Canada national Indigenous Education Protocol earlier this fall and it seemed like the time was right to embrace the spirit of that document and commit more formally to developing opportunities for a deeper collaboration with this very important partner.”

Chief Robert Louie says the agreement will only strengthen the link between them.

“This (memorandum of understanding) builds upon the strong relationship we currently have with Okanagan College. It will further enhance First Nation cultural influences and assist us in building future capacity as a self-governing Natio," Louie says in the release. "We look forward to the opportunities it will bring both Westbank First Nation and Okanagan College.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2016
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
  • Murder victim found in Kelowna orchard identified
    KELOWNA - The identity of the woman whose body was found in a Kelowna orchard last week has been made public on social media. Kelowna resident Russia Katalina Nicholson was just 23-years-old
  • Nasty weather forecast for Thompson, Shuswap tomorrow
    THOMPSON-SHUSWAP - The Thompson and Shuswap could be in for some blustery weather tomorrow by midday. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of strong wind gusts a
  • Westsyde residents face uphill battle to bring Timmies to neighbourhood
    KAMLOOPS - It took just six days for 1,242 Westsyde residents to sign a petition calling for Tim Hortons to consider allowing a franchisee to open up shop at the corner of Westsyde Road and Overla
  • UPDATE: Missing Kamloops teen located
    UPDATE: 5:06 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 KAMLOOPS - RCMP say a missing 18-year-old girl has been located. All personal information about the missing person has been removed from this
  • Vernon home 'known to police' shot up Sunday morning
    VERNON - Police say a burned out vehicle is related to a nearby incident where shots were fired at a Vernon home that is 'known to police' early Sunday morning.  Vernon RCMP sai
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile