Degree Completion for Aboriginal People in British Columbia: A Case Study

  • Ruth Price
  • Brian Burtch


Both programs were offered in a face-to-face format at the Merritt campus, and both were a collaborative effort. Implications for establishing and sustaining Aboriginal-focused post-secondary education are identified and discussed in this article, as are the barriers to post-secondary education faced by Aboriginal students and the authors’ challenges as non- Aboriginal people engaged in programming across cultures. Additionally, reflections on these initiatives are offered and linkages to key literature on the issue of Aboriginal post- secondary education are identified.

Author Biographies

Ruth Price
Ruth Price is the program director for the Integrated Studies Program at Simon Fraser University. Ruth was part of the team that established the program and has served as its director for the past nine years. She holds a Bachelors and master’s degrees from SFU, as well as certificates in management, peer counselling, and teacher education.
Brian Burtch
Brian Burtch is a professor of Criminology and an associate member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. He has chaired a committee on Lifelong Learning, was the academic director of Integrated Studies, and has served on the national council of the Writers’ Union of Canada. His interests include support of non-traditional university students.