Aboriginal Student Services

Our vision is to be responsive to your needs as an Aboriginal student so that you can achieve your potential for success as a self-directed, independent learner. We are also here to provide support in a manner that is consistent with the cultures and values of our peoples, as well as to enhance and complement Douglas College values.

Our Aboriginal Student Services centres offer a number of services for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students, including:

  • Culturally-appropriate support services, activities and events
  • Assisting future students while serving as mediators and advocates for current students
  • Resources and perspectives not found anywhere else in the College
  • Access to community resource information, including connections to events

Our centres also provide services for all students, including:

  • A quiet place for studying, reading, writing or taking a break
  • A place to meet, connect and make friends 
  • Computer, Internet and telephone access

Whether you are a new student or returning student, a mature student, a full-time or part-time student, drop by one of our centres and find out how we can help you reach your goals.


New Westminster Campus, room 4830

This centre sits on the traditional territory of the QayQayt First Nation. The Qayqayt (also Qiqayt, pronounced "Kee-Kite"), is one of the smallest First Nations in Canada and the only one without a land base.

The Qayqayt reserve used to exist on the banks of the Fraser River, around New Westminster. The Qayqayt people historically spoke the Halq'eméylem (Upriver dialect), of Halkomelem (also Hul’q’umi’num’/Henqeminem), a Coast Salish language.

Here are some resources for more information about the QayQayt: 

A Tribe of One – a National Film Board film documentary (available in our Library)

"We Are the Qayqayt" – Chief Rhonda Larrabee’s Story

Coquitlam Campus, room A1061

This centre sits on the traditional territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation. The Kwikwetlem are a Sto:lo people with reserves in the Coquitlam River watershed. They traditionally speak the Downriver dialect of Halkomelem (also Hul’q’umi’num’/Henqeminem). The nameKwikwetlem means "red fish up the river.”

Salute to Aboriginal students

"There is a longing in the heart of my people to reach out and grasp that which is needed for our survival. There is longing among the young of my nation to secure for themselves and their people the skills that will provide them with a sense of worth and purpose. 

"They will be our new warriors. Their training will be much longer and more demanding more determination and separation from home and family. But they will emerge with their hands held forward to grasp the place in society that is rightfully theirs." 

- Chief Dan George

MyDouglas Aboriginal group 

Do you want to be updated regularly on what's happening at the Aboriginal Student Services centres or in the local Aboriginal community? Join our group on myDouglas. Once you sign in to myDouglas, click:

Groups > Groups Index > Cultural > Aboriginal and Indigenous

Read the terms and agreement and join.