History

In its 31 year history, Yellowquill College has always been a place of exciting opportunities. Our graduates have used the quality education they have received at Yellowquill as a springboard to promising employment. When we call or visit First Nation and Aboriginal communities and organizations, we feel a sense of pride in the great work our graduates are doing. 

Yellowquill College was founded by the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council in 1984 as a physical manifestation of the belief of “Indian Control of Indian Education”. Those visionary leaders saw that a better future was possible through a First Nation-owned and operated post-secondary institute. On October 1, 1984, the College opened in the newly renovated residential school on Crescent Road West in Portage la Prairie on 45 acres of Long Plain First Nation Land. The opening of a First Nation college provided an alternative for aboriginal adults wanting to pursue their educational goals.

The College currently operates under the auspices of the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council. The seven chiefs of the member bands serve as the Board of Directors for Yellowquill College. The College is incorporated both federally and provincially and is a non-profit organization.

The College, which opened with sixteen students, has had over a thousand graduates in a variety of programs. The College and University Entrance Preparation Programs (UCEP), and now the Mature Student High School Diploma program, have prepared hundreds of students for studies at the post-secondary level, whether at Yellowquill or other post-secondary institutions. Training, including the Pre-Electrical, Clerical, Small Business Management, Secretarial, Office Technology, Child Care, Native Economic Development, Financial Accounting, Business Administration, and Administrative Assistant programs, has prepared students directly for the workforce. Community literacy and upgrading programs have provided needed basic skills to students in several First Nation communities. Professional development and work related training has enriched the skills of many First Nation and Aboriginal employees.

Current off-sites for the Mature Student High School Diploma program include Bloodvein First Nation, Long Plain First Nation, and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.  These community campuses are in partnership with the respective communities.