Are you Indigenous and living in British Columbia? Do you already have some basic computer skills and are ready to explore new opportunities in a booming industry? Then Foundations in Innovation and Technology (FiT) is for you.

Foundations is a 12-week exploratory program offered in-person and (soon-to-be) online. This program introduces you to six in-demand fields within the tech sector. This is the perfect opportunity to get comfortable in the following topics so that you can decide which one you would like to pursue as a career in our Futures program.

Next Delivery:

Foundations 11

Start Date: September 10, 2021

End Date: December 10, 2021

Application Deadline: August 20, 2021


Foundations 12

Program Date: January 10, 2022 

End Date: March 5, 2022

Application Deadline: December 22, 2021

In Foundations you will be introduced to the following
six topics, two weeks at a time:


Computer Basics and Professional Practices: In this module, you will learn the basics of Microsoft Office, which continues to be one of the most sought-after technology skills in all sectors. Administrative professionals can use digital tools to maximize organization, productivity and efficiency in any workplace.


Web Development and Coding: Learning to code is a lot like learning a new language. In this module you will learn the basics of this language, introducing you to the backend functionality and frontend design of building websites and web applications.


GIS/ GPS Mapping: Digital mapping has huge potential for stewarding our lands and resources through Traditional Use Studies. This module introduces you to the basics of gathering data, performing analysis and visualizing information through Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems.


Communications and Digital Marketing: Communications has rapidly shifted towards online outreach and engagement. In this module you will be introduced to online brand strategy, effectively engaging with members and clients, search engine optimization and social media management.


Software Testing: Imagine testing video games for a living. From games to word processors, software needs to be tested for bugs. This module shows you how to recognize these bugs to ensure that the software created by developers is doing what it’s supposed to do.


Network Setup and Support: Businesses and organizations need computers, which means they need professionals who can install and fix the network hardware and software. In this module, you will learn the basics of setting up internet connections, installing routers and servers, troubleshooting problems and setting up security and anti-virus measures.

Entrance Requirements

Grade 10 completion, or willingness to complete a digital skills assessment through NVIT

Self-identify as Indigenous (Status First Nations, non-status, Métis, Inuit)

Ability to study full-time hours for all 12 weeks

Coming Soon

Foundations Online

Our online study option is delivered in partnership with Royal Roads University and is unlike any distance learning you may have experienced before. Our students progress through video modules while receiving full access to instructors and their fellow classmates through live and interactive webinar sessions. If you can’t travel to an urban centre for our in-person delivery then joining our online community is available for your convenience.


Upon completion of the Foundations program you will receive 24 credits towards your post-secondary education through the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

How to Apply:

Ready to apply? Start by filling out this inquiry form and our team will get back to you soon. Thank you for taking the first step towards your leap into a career in tech!


You can also email [email protected] or give us a call at 604-921-9939 with any additional questions.