The Problem

Mainstream technology training programs that are not Indigenous designed and led with appropriate cultural context, reference, and support, have not successfully attracted, retained, or trained Indigenous peoples to take on significant roles in the sector. The Technology Council, through our Indigenous Innovation Institute, is launching a Digital Skills Bursary Fund to help solve this problem.

We envision wide-reaching influence of Indigenous wisdom on the development and use of technology across society.

What is the Digital Skills Bursary Fund?

The Digital Skills Bursary Fund will increase access to digital skills training programs, at the Indigenous Innovation Institute.

We are seeking partners to contribute to the Digital Skills Bursary Fund. Your support enables us to provide students access to:

  • Curriculum and teaching; 
  • Wrap-around supports, including access to laptops and software; 
  • Cultural support through Indigenous Knowledge Keepers; 
  • Career development support and advice; and 
  • Support from alumni and mentorship network. 

Our goal is to have approximately 350 students go through our programming each year, with at least 10% receiving financial support through the Digital Skills Bursary Fund. Your contribution will help full cohorts of learners complete relevant coursework to advance their careers in the technology sector.

Make a Contribution

Whether you are an individual, company, or philanthropic organization wanting to contribute, every donation counts.

For individuals seeking to make a contribution, please do so online. All donors will be recognized in our annual report unless they wish to remain anonymous.

For companies or philanthropic organizations wishing to make a larger contribution, typically $25,000+, please contact Kim Henderson, Director, Impact and Community Partnerships at  to learn more about becoming a sustaining partner of the Digital Skills Bursary Fund.

Donations can also be made offline, if preferred, by cheque to First Nations Technology Council at 70 Orwell St unit 102, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3R5. Please reference “Digital Skills Bursary Fund” in the notes section. Please note that contributions to the Digital Skills Bursary Fund are not eligible for a charitable tax receipt, but a transaction receipt will be provided.

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Our Impact

Since 2017, trained 800+ Indigenous learners through 13 digital skills training offerings.

Program completion rates are 35% higher than non-indigenous training providers.

Over 75% of our graduates utilized their skills towards employment and/or advanced training in tech and innovation.

All programs are supported by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, grounding our virtual classrooms in culture and care.

Our Partners

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our inaugural sustaining partners of the Digital Skills Bursary Fund

For More Information

Sustaining partners have access to a wide range of partner benefits. To learn more about how we can work together to advance Indigenous participation and leadership in technology and innovation across Canada contact Kim Henderson, Director, Impact and Community Partnerships at .