Education Department

The Lheidli T’enneh Education Department provides financial assistance, advisory services, and moral support for its band members who wish to pursue educational goals.  Knowing full well that education can improve one’s quality of life as well as contribute to the development of community, Lheidli T’enneh is proud to support their band members in achieving these educational goals.

Applying for government funding can be challenging, especially for adults who may also be working or caring for family members.  For that reason, the Education Department understand that supporting a student may also mean supporting their health and wellbeing as they transition from a secondary student into a post-secondary one. 

Education Department staff also work closely with the Lheidli Employment & Training Services Department.  If a band member’s goals are more general and don’t fit the scope of formal education, they can develop life skills or trades, and access other programs to help them secure future employment.

Education Coordinator

Vincent Joseph

Vincent Joseph is the Lheidli T’enneh Education Coordinator.  He supports band members in their pursuit of education including students from K-12 all the way up to those wishing to enroll in post-secondary institutes.  In addition to taking in school applications and supporting individuals in applying for funding, Vincent spends much of his time meeting with School District 57 staff to discuss Lheidli students’ success and how to maintain and further that success.  These conversations help ensure that everyone is on the same page when developing an educational plan for a student, better helping them reach their goals.  By learning where they are at, he helps them get to where they want to go.

In his role as Education Coordinator, Vincent does much more than just give students moral support.  He ensures they are looked after, particularly post-secondary students who may already being taking on additional responsibilities.  Vincent helps them understand the requirements necessary to access the different kinds of funding available to them.   

As a member of the Cariboo Clan and Tl’azt’en Nation, Vincent Joseph is happy to be working with Lheidli T’enneh as their Education Coordinator.  Having originally worked in the health field for the past forty years, Vincent applied for the position on a whim and was hired.  His dedication and passion for others remains an asset however as he continues to support band members who wish to better themselves, helping them follow through with their educational goals.  Vincent is a firm believer in the motto that, “when your heart is in the right place, you’re good to go anywhere.”

Education Assistant

Hello! My name is Laura Young. I am a proud member of Lheidli T’enneh Nation and have recently joined Lheidli T’enneh in the Education Department as Education Assistant. I am UNBC alumni graduating with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. My professional background includes working with the federal government for several years prior to becoming a small business owner for approximately 20 years. I am happily married to my husband Guy, and have two beautiful children, Trinity and Adam. I am excited to start this new adventure with Lheidli T’enneh and to learn about all the services the Education Department provides to members. I look forward to meeting everyone!

About the Outlander Program

Language Programs

In addition to general educational support, Lheidli T’enneh is proud to employee two language teachers. 

Edith Frederick and Jeanette Kozak are working hard to keep the Carrier language alive and strong.  These two band members continue to research the language, developing a curriculum to teach to any interested students.  By creating resources and developing learning opportunities via lessons, written materials, and videos, Edith and Jeanette hope to revitalize the Lheidli dialect with the hopes that future generations will learn to speak it and further embrace their culture. 

Education Funding

There are two different sources of funding for Lheidli Education Programs – one through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC); the other is through the LTN Contracting Ltd. Education Fund.

Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Funding

Each year, Lheidli T’enneh makes an annual application to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) and University and College Entrance Preparation (UCEP).  Although funding may be limited, Lheidli T’enneh strives to work with this funding agency every year, making post-secondary education a priority by supplementing other funding opportunities. 

LTN Contracting Ltd. Education Funding

LTN is a limited company owned by Lheidli T’enneh and Roga Contracting Ltd.  Throughout their operations, $0.25 a tonne/logging revenue goes into an educational fund. This funding is available to aid in sponsoring non-status Lheidli T’enneh members.

Student support funding is most often put towards tuition and compulsory student fees, it may also be available for:

Be sure to contact the Education Coordinator to confirm funding availability.

Applying for Funding

It is imperative to remember that when applying for educational funding (i.e. sponsorship) that you include all supporting information and documentation.  This not only shows you are serious about your education, it helps makes the decision process easier and quicker. 

Things to remember when applying:


These guidelines explain the program objectives and administrative role of the Education Department. It is a helpful resource for staff and applicants in better understanding how to secure funding.  It also goes into specific detail for what funding can be used for, limits of assistance, and the responsibilities of students who are sponsored.

This application form needs to be filled out in order to apply for educational funding.  It contains a checklist of required documents and explains how to obtain them or write them (e.g. a cover letter, resume and references, transcripts/grades, etc.) 

Educational Resources and Websites

This website provides resources for Aboriginal students wishing to pursue or continue college or university (post-secondary) studies in British Columbia.  It includes information on the programs available to support learning such as financial support, housing, transportation, career planning or employment services and childcare.

This website provides resources for Aboriginal students wishing to pursue or continue college or university (post-secondary) studies in British Columbia.  It includes information on the programs available to support learning such as financial support, housing, transportation, career planning or employment services and childcare.

Learn about the BC Transfer System, how to successfully transfer, the different types of transfer credit, and understand how to move from another university or province.

This federal government website provides a wide range of resources for helping you plan for an education, save, budget and explore student aid and career options. 

Approximately 34% of CNC students self-identify as Aboriginal, and at some CNC campuses Aboriginal learners make up the majority of the student population.  Aboriginal culture, history, and knowledge enhance the experience for all students and staff and help to create a diverse and welcoming campus culture.

This provincial government website helps eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and special programs.  There is also information on programs that can help with loan repayment. 

PGNAETA serves the First Nations and Urban Aboriginal community in the north central interior of British Columbia.  This organization works collaboratively to aid the Aboriginal workforce to participate in the shifting labor market in today’s economy.

Consisting of over 32 Elementary schools, 8 secondary schools, and 1 Centre for Learning Alternatives (which includes: Continuing Education, Distance Education, and Community Alternate Programs), SD57 serves a diverse range of nations and nationalities and strives to honor the strength that comes with the diversity in our population.   

The Prince George campus is located on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh.  With over 3500 students enrolled in academic programs, UNBC offers courses to help you achieve your educational goals. 


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