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NEC Board of Directors

The NEC Native Education College is a private post-secondary college and designated by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Private Training Institutions Branch. The College operates in accordance to the Private Training Act, and is governed by nine elected members of the Board of Directors. These members are also part of the NEC Society.

Current Board of Directors

The board of directors brings a variety of skills, perspectives and expertise to the table. We use this to support the best interests of all Nations in BC.
Rose Guerin, Chair

Elder Rose Guerin, is a member to the Musqueam First Nation, has been married for fifty-five years, and is a proud Mother and Grandmother. She is currently involved in different community and urban Aboriginal organizations, to include the Indigenous Health Program BC Women’s & Children’s Hospitals, Chairperson of the Native Education College, and answers to requests to organizations for territorial welcome and other areas of cultural guidance, as needed.

Rose has been retired for 9 years, from her formal role as a social worker and is dedicated to the continued advancements of her people. She has been actively following her aspirations through positive role modelling and educating others about the critical role of elders in community, family and day to day life. She helps people see the significant role, and value of elders in leadership and ceremony.

Rose’s vision is to see Reconciliation journey throughout our country.

A John Jardine, Acting Vice Chair

John Jardine, BSW, MSW, is Ojibway/Anishinaabe from the Red Rock Nation in Northeast Ontario. He has an extensive background in the field of Social Work and has spent the better part of his career serving to protect Indigenous children and upholding the traditional laws and protocols of Indigenous peoples. Over the years, John has held many successful roles at the Native Education College, including Instructor, Student Advisor, and now full circle in his role as Executive on the Board of Directors, as he serves as Vice-Chair. Outside his work, John has contributed to the success of many governance tables, to include NDP Mount Pleasant Riding Association, Warriors Against Violence, and VACFSS. John is a leader in his field and devoted to the continued advancement of the NEC.

K. Louise Point, Secretary

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Chief Jen Thomas, Director

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Grand Chief Edward John

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Tammy Harkey,


Amanda Kai, MA

Director of Operations

Tamara Starblanket, BA, LL.B., LL.M

Dean of Academics

Nancy Xue, B.Sc., CPA, CGA

Director of Finance

Our Story


NEC History

The Native Education College (NEC) was established in 1967 and founded by Ray Collins who worked at the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The College, then called the Native Education Centre, began as a project to meet the educational needs of Indigenous people who relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia from their rural First Nation communities. The overall objective was to provide Indigenous adult learners with the academic and life skills to secure employment and improve their quality of life. By 1979, NEC became a private college, operated and controlled by BC First Nations.

Join us in celebrating

Our 55 Anniversary


    NEC was established and founded by Ray Collins. The college, was then called Native Education Centre


    Today the College provides a supportive learning environment, including cultural activities, which creates a connection to the Indigenous community of Metro Vancouver.

    We strive to meet workforce demands by delivering a variety of academic programs that are pathways to careers.

    Indigenous learners can start their learning journey by choosing one of the 10 transferrable certificate or diploma programs.

    Academic Programming

    At Native Education College, we offer various programs in Academic Upgrading, Business, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities & Fine Arts. Most of our certificate and diploma programs are transferrable to other post-secondary schools in British Columbia.

    Every year, NEC delivers project specific programming. In 2017, we added The Essential: Skills, Culture, & Knowledge, a funded program designed for individuals facing barriers, who are planning to enter into the workforce for the first time, return after an absence, or those changing careers.  In 2018, we added Justice and Public Safety Career Preparatory Certificate which will prepare Indigenous learners for options working in paramedicine, firefighting, corrections, policing and law enforcement

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