Our goal is to unlock the potential of each learner through equitable, inclusive, and flexible educational opportunities.

Together with our partners, we’re building resources and practices to support Indigenous students living in their communities and across Alberta, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. We’ve established relationships with First Nation schools and have been working with provincial and territorial schools teaching Métis, Inuit, First Nations, and Indigenous students for many years. We’re committed to tailoring our support to best suit the individuals and communities we work with.

Being in a small community, in a First Nations community, we don’t always have that expertise. So I think that’s what ADLC for me, I’m seeing, is that they can offer.

Annette Bruised Head, Principal, Kainai High School

If you choose to partner with ADLC, we can provide the courses and teachers your students need, both to complete high school and to prepare themselves for their next step, be it post-secondary, trades, or the workforce.

We help adult and school-age students alike, both directly and by partnering with you. Here are just a few of the benefits we provide to our partners:

  • Access to online or print versions of courses taught by ADLC teachers for reserve, provincial, or outreach schools
  • Access to online or print course materials for your teachers to use
  • The ability to provide greater access to a range of options, levels of learning, and career exploration courses of interest to your students
  • Increased inclusion through access to Knowledge & Employability course resources (for delivery by local schools only)
  • The ability to provide science and other academic courses that may not be available in your community
  • Access to paced group courses that are taught through video conference links and bring students together from across the province

Through partnerships, and in particular with Alberta Distance Learning Centre, we’ve brought in artisans to teach the students traditional arts and crafts.

Ona Fiddler-Berteig, Mentor, Fort McKay E-Learning Centre

Funding for Students

Depending on where students live, and where they’re going to school, costs can be quite low.

Provincially Funded Students

There are no costs for provincially funded students for SI (we teach the students) or TS (your local school’s teachers teach the students with ADLC materials) courses.

Federally Funded Students

  • For federally funded students (students living on reserve, adult students, or students in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories), when ADLC is doing the teaching (SI), tuition is charged at
    • $110 per credit (Gr. 1–12); at 5 credits each, the average core academic course will cost $550.
    • $550 per course (Gr. 1–9).
  • Where local teachers use ADLC materials (TS), the cost for federally funded students is:
    • $5/credit per student (Gr. 10–12).
    • $25/course per student (Gr. 1–9).

Note that individual courses may also have associated materials costs.

Grants are available from various sources for Indigenous students, including those completing high school or returning as adults. Please contact us at 1-866-774-5333 or email learningnetwork@adlc.ca to learn more.

For more on funding and costs, see Tuition, Fees & Funding.

Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program

Every year from January 1st to April 30th, applications are accepted for the Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program. This program provides funding to Métis and Non-Status Indian students pursuing a diploma or degree in the Social Services field. “Social Services field” means any program, which is associated with the provision of human services, including but not limited to social work, psychology, psychoeducation, sociology, education, child and youth care, human ecology, anthropology, counselling, community rehabilitation, criminology, addictions and mental health services.

For more information about this program, eligibility, and how to apply, click here.

Student Instruction is what we call it when ADLC teachers teach students using ADLC materials. We have over 275 courses to choose from (visit adlc.ca/courses to explore the options) that can be started anytime, completed at the student’s own pace, and could include cultural art forms.

This means your school can offer most of the academic courses in the Alberta curriculum without having to provide specialized teachers for each subject.

Teacher Support is what we call it when your teachers are teaching students using ADLC materials. We provide the materials online and in print, allowing your teachers to tailor them for their classrooms and their students. This is especially helpful to teachers who are new to a subject or teaching as a whole, have been tasked with teaching outside their area of expertise, or have varied levels of ability within a classroom.

We also provide Teacher Support schools with access to teacher-coaches who are experts in the subject area and liaisons who help get them set up to use the materials and our systems. Our liaisons also work with your administrators to brainstorm additional ways ADLC can help your students attain success.

Looking for alternative solutions? Consider starting an Indigenous outreach centre (IOC) in your community—we’re here to help if you need it.

An Indigenous outreach centre (IOC) is a dedicated space in a local Indigenous community where high school and adult students can access flexible individual learning through existing courses (online or in print). This allows them to finish high school (with ADLC, for example) and/or get started on college and university courses (with other providers) without leaving their communities. Learning is self-directed, which means that students, along with their mentors and service providers, can choose individual courses at the appropriate academic level and set their own pace for completion. The key to the success of IOC’s that use this model is a full-time mentor. Each IOC is staffed by a full-time teacher or education facilitator who serves as a learning mentor.

For more information about setting up an IOC in your community, including where to start, funding options, estimated costs, and suggested resources, explore the Guide to Getting Started.

If you would like to order print copies of the 2017/18 Guide to Indigenous Student Learning Support and/or Indigenous Outreach Centres: A Guide to Getting Started free of charge, please email communications@adlc.ca.

Our Learning Network Liaisons (learningnetwork@adlc.ca) and Academic Advisors (counselling@adlc.ca) are available via email or phone daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 1-866-774-5333 to answer your questions.

In Indigenous communities we’re particularly sensitive to the role of culture in the lives of students and in the needs of the community. We want to learn what that culture is like and what we can do to incorporate that culture into our instruction.

Frank McCallum, Principal, Alberta Distance Learning Centre

Alberta Distance Learning Centre | ADLC acknowledges that our main campuses are located on Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 Territory across the province.

We are grateful to be in these territories, which are home to 45 First Nations throughout the three treaty areas.

These Nations are our family, friends, faculty, staff, students, and peers. ADLC honours the nation-to-nation treaty relationship. We also aspire for our learning, research, teaching, and governance to acknowledge continuing colonial violence and respect Indigenous knowledge and traditions.

Indigenous, First Nation, Metis Nation, Inuit, and Aboriginal students are welcome and encouraged to take courses with ADLC. Students with Treaty Status can approach their band offices regarding educational funding and student aid.