In 1995 the College began a long-term process to address the relational disconnect that existed between the College, its First Nations students and communities. The purpose of this initiative was to make our educational offerings more relevant in the lives of our First Nations students, develop strong partnerships to support education within First Nations communities, and develop ways for those communities to have a greater say in the College's educational initiatives.
Extensive consultation took place between members of the College and First Nations representatives around education for First Nations communities and their needs from, and current relationships with, the College. The process and resulting Action Plan was documented in Stepping Stones to Improved Relationships: Aboriginal Equity and Northwest Community College, which became the road map for the College for the next 10 years.
In 1996 the College implemented a recommendation that, more than any other, has helped shape its cultural and educational relevancy to First Nations communities and learners - the establishment of the College’s First Nations Council. Comprised of representatives from First Nations communities, the Council provides a process of direct consultation with all of the First Nations communities in the College region, and direction in the strategic and operational planning of the College through a policy framework.