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The following information is for post-secondary students attending classes at Tśzil learning Centre and other post-secondary schools.

Emergency Resources Provided
by the Ts̓zil Learning Centre

In 2019, Líl̓wat Nation introduced the Emergency Scholarship program that provides up to $3,000.00 in emergency funding. During this pandemic, we anticipate that people will need to access this program. Please note the eligibility requirements below:

Must be a registered Líl̓wat Nation citizen who:

  • Is enrolled in post-secondary
  • Demonstrates financial needs
  • Is in good academic standing with the Nation and the post-secondary institution
  • Must not have any funds owing to the post-secondary department for any current or previous sponsorship.

Given the circumstances, we can be a bit flexible with eligibility criteria A. If you had to drop out of school given this pandemic, we will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

Emergency Scholarship Application

Emergency Scholarship Policy

Contacts for emergency resources for other institutions are listed at the end of this post. Thank you.

 

Student Contact During the Pandemic

Ts̓zil has been in contact with most students more than once, as progress reports must be filled out monthly, and we have reached out by phone and email to ensure they are doing OK with all the changes. Many students have moved off campus and are back home.

Students can reach out by email to:

Lisa Fisher
Helena Edmonds
Jazzmin Pascal
Mason Ducharme (Mason.Ducharme@lilwat.ca)

Students can also call Ts̓zil at 604-894-2300
Alternative online contact methods like ZOOM are currently being explored.

 

Living Allowance

Living allowances are only provided when students are taking classes on a full-time basis (as determined by your school, typically it’s 9 credits), will continue in fall semester as usual. The last Living Allowances were sent out on March 25, for the month of April. Living Allowances will start again August 25 for September, the start of fall semester for those continuing or starting post-secondary.

Some students may get Summer Living Allowance. Summer classes are only covered if:

  1. The class is only offered in the summer
  2. The program requires students to take summer courses
  3. There is some exceptional reason why the student needs to take summer classes

Fall 2020 Semester

While it’s unknown how long COVID-19 will be around and how post-secondary schools will deliver courses in the fall semester. Ts̓zil is still anticipating that the fall semester will go as planned. Please hand in your Sponsorship Application by May 1, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

Emergency Resources Provided by Your Post-Secondary Institute

On Friday, April 3, 2020, the Province of BC announced that B.C. brings in more emergency supports for Indigenous students. To access additional emergency dollars, please contact your post-secondary school’s Aboriginal Support Services department requesting an Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund application—this is based on financial needs. After conducting some research, here are every post-secondary school’s Aboriginal Support Services department’s contact information in the Province of BC:

Post-Secondary Institution Email for Application
Native Education College wsimon@necvancouver.org
BCIT Gathering_place@bcit.ca
Camosun indigenous@camosun.ca
Capilano cailinlau@capilanou.ca
College of New Caledonia arc@cnc.bc.ca
College of the Rockies Ksmith3@cotr.bc.ca
Douglas seaweedd@douglas.ca
Emily Carr bcrab@ecuad.ca
Justice Institute of BC indigenization@jibc.ca
Kwantlen Polytechnic indigenousServices@kpu.ca
Langara indigenous@langara.ca
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology kthomas@nvit.bc.ca
North Island College Kelly.shopland@nic.bc.ca
Northern Lights College gatheringplace@nlc.bc.ca
Coast Mountain College bobrien@coastmountaincollege.ca
Okanagan College aisaac@okanagan.bc.ca
Royal Roads University Gwen.campden@royalroads.ca
Selkirk College jmorin@selkirk.ca
Simon Fraser University Marcia_guno@sfu.ca
Thompson Rivers aboriginal@tru.ca
UBC (Van) First Nations House of Learning Sierra.stonechild@ubc.bc.ca
UBC (Okanagan) Adrienne.vedan@ubc.bc.ca
University of Northern BC Bev.best@unbc.bc.ca
University of Fraser Valley indigenizing@ufv.ca
University of Victoria iaceiss@uvic.ca
Vancouver Community College indigenous@vcc.ca
Vancouver Island University sas@viu.ca