Education, Employment & Training

Eslha7an Learning Centre 

Phone: 604-985-7711
Email: eslha7an_learning@squamish.net

Manager: Tracy Mitchell

The Eslha7an Learning Centre provides a safe and holistic environment where Indigenous students can take their initial steps towards education, training, and employment, all while upholding their traditional values.

The Centre collaborates with the North Vancouver School District 44 and Capilano University to offer three programs. These programs are open to all Nation Members, as well as First Nation Status, Non-Status, Métis, and Inuit individuals residing in the North Shore or Greater Vancouver area.

In partnership with NVSD 44, we provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our youth (ages 16 – 19). This program serves as an excellent alternative for those who need extra encouragement to return to school and complete their high school education. Students work at their own pace, with personalized instruction. Most students strive to achieve their high school Dogwood Diploma (Grade 12). To enroll in this program, all students must register through NVSD.

Adult students (aged 19 and older) can enter this full-day program encompassing essential skills, computer proficiency, Squamish culture, and the five required courses in order to receive the Adult Dogwood diploma. This marks the initial educational step to guide students toward post-secondary education or full-time employment. The program also offers English and Math upgrading opportunities.

In partnership with Capilano University and driven by cultural integration, the team has crafted a unique adult literacy program. Our aim is to enhance students’ math and literacy skills to a level that ensures success in various training programs, facilitates employment opportunities, and/or transitions them into our Adult Dogwood program to earn their diploma. This program equips learners with essential skills that boost their self-confidence and self-sufficiency.

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