NVIT is a small, high quality college that offers innovative, relevant credentials for future First Nations leaders in a comprehensive range of courses and programs. The overall programming focus of the institution, regardless of a program’s field and credential, is on development of the Aboriginal communities. This is accomplished by emphasizing program linkages to the social, economic, land and governance development themes of communities, and by remaining current with evolving related theory and community practice.
The commitment and vision of NVIT’s Aboriginal Board of Governors guide the institution. This vision encompasses and honours Aboriginal traditional culture and values, and recognizes the need to balance these within the educational goals of NVIT’s curriculum. NVIT believes in a holistic approach to education whereby the students’ knowledge base is enhanced by those values unique to Aboriginal culture.
NVIT addresses the need within Aboriginal communities for individuals who work to preserve traditional culture, and who nurture a connection between these communities and future development and education. The programs are designed as a tool to encourage ongoing education, to prepare individuals for future challenges and opportunities both within and beyond their communities.
NVIT is a member of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, BC’s Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and the National Association of Indigenous Institutes of Higher Learning.