Why Seabird College?

//Why Seabird College?
Why Seabird College? 2017-09-06T14:01:54-08:00

Why Seabird College?

Seabird College is dedicated to teaching and learning. We believe that sound education rests on a commitment to a code of academic integrity that stresses the principles of honesty, trust, respect, fairness and responsibility. We are committed to excellence and the highest standards.

Seabird College began as a dream of Seabird Island‘s Chief Administrative Officer, Chuck McNeil, and Grand Chief Archie Charles many years ago. They dreamed that one day, Seabird Island would be able to have its community members, and the members of our neighbouring communities, get a college level education within their community and that this college education would take into account the specific learning needs of our First Nations people and in 2009, the Band opened Seabird College.

Our committment

By providing students with our unique wrap-around services we support them in achieving their academic and training goals. At Seabird College every student is respected and valued.

Your success in education is our main goal. We understand that coming back to school may be difficult, especially if you have been out of school for a while or you are juggling family and work responsibilities. To assist you we employ a Student Services Worker who will act as each students’ advocate and champion. They will work one-on-one with you to ensure that we give you the right amount of support to ensure your success with us.

We also provide counseling and wellness services to students to assist with stress, anxiety, substance use/abuse, depression, and anything else that may mentally affect your education goals.

We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive and accessible environment for all students and those who have mental or physical disabilities. For those students who have disabilities we encourage you to get in contact with us so that we can work with you to remove your barriers and develop an individualized learning plan to meet your needs.

Our vision

Our vision is for all students to receive:

  • Excellence in instruction and research;
  • A professional and respectful learning environment that reflects indigenous knowledge;
  • The supports that are able to be offered to students to achieve their educational goals, including one-on-one and group tutoring, family events, and much more;
  • Innovative, unique and comprehensive programming;
  • Education that supports both personal and career development;
  • Beneficial local, national and international partnerships;
  • Recognition in the form of a certificate, diploma or degree upon meeting the prescribed requirements in their field of study; and
  • Knowledge that there is an informed respectful working relationship amongst First Nations groups;

Our values

To realize our vision, Seabird College has developed core values that will conform to our work in practice. These values are:

  • Every student matters
  • Build relationships with our neighbouring bands to discuss their education needs
  • Partner with other institutions
  • Value and respect all individuals
  • Strive for excellence in all that we do
  • Promote equality and inclusion
  • Our faculty, staff, and board members are committed to going the extra mile to deliver the best service possible; they are passionate about student’s success.

Our approach

Seabird College and Adult Education offer programs and courses in a variety of ways with a focus on wrap-around supports to help students succeed. The college seeks to meet the individual needs of a diverse group of learners within a high quality learning atmosphere.

  • All programs are fully certified.
  • We have small class sizes.
  • Transportation may be provided to Chilliwack, Hope and Agassiz (under review).
  • We provide support workers, tutoring and academic supports and basic daily lunch programs.
  • Seabird offers a blended format for certain programs. Students attend classes in the evenings or day time and can work ahead at home to complete the course early.


Seabird College is an accredited institution with Private Training Institutions Branch. Accreditation is voluntary and means that an institution has met standards of quality set by the PTIB. Only an accredited institution can be designated for StudentAid BC funding , which allows its students to apply for student loans. To become accredited an institution must demonstrate educational competence and integrity based on requirements set out by the PTIB.