The National Association of Indigenous Institutes of Higher Learning (NAIIHL) was established in 2001 to support the recognition and resourcing of Indigenous controlled institutions of higher learning (IIHL’s).  There are currently over fifty institutions across the country impacting on all aspects of the lifelong learning spectrum, delivering advanced degrees, undergraduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, training and apprenticeship programs, alternative secondary programs, and elementary and secondary mentorship and counselling.

Indigenous institutions play an integral role within the post-secondary system in Canada and are significant contributors to the economic success of Indigenous people and the communities where they are situated by providing higher educational opportunities for sustained employment, positive life choices and economic independence. NAIIHL is in the unique position to research a transfer system of programs and/or courses of its member institutions to support student learning.  The size of our member institutions’ programs and courses makes it viable to achieve the deliverables in our short time frame.

Since the establishment of NAIIHL, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC) has supported the national organization under the Indian Studies Support Program (ISSP) consistently to undertake important work and research in a collaborative fashion to benefit Indigenous people and communities in Canada.