Yellowquill College

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Coordinates: 49°53′23″N 97°12′14″W / 49.88972°N 97.20389°W / 49.88972; -97.20389

Yellowquill College
Yellowquill College logo.jpg
Yellowquill College logo
Motto Specializing in First Nation & Aboriginal Education and Training
Type First Nation owned comprehensive community college
Established 1984
President Doreen Beauchamp
Undergraduates available
Postgraduates not available
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Campus Urban 480 Madison St, Winnipeg
Colours yellow      & blue     
Affiliations Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, CICan, CCAA, AUCC

Yellowquill College is Manitoba's first First Nations-controlled post-secondary institution. The First Nation owned and operated college was founded in October, 1984, by the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council.


The Yellowquill College currently operates under the auspices of the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council. The eight 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. Yellowquill College is funded by the Manitoba and federal governments, and First Nation Communities in Manitoba and across Canada.


Yellowquill College was originally located in the former Portage la Prairie Presbyterian Indian Residential school on Crescent Road West in Portage la Prairie. Yellowquill College was founded as a manifestation of the 1972 document “Indian Control of Indian Education” by the National Indian Brotherhood/Assembly of First Nations. The college opened with sixteen students. The college has had over 950 graduates in a variety of programs. The college moved in 2000 to Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. It moved to its current location at 340 Assiniboine Avenue in 2003.


Yellowquill College offers programs in:

  • Adult Upgrading - Community literacy and upgrading programs have provided needed basic skills to students in several First Nation communities.
  • College and University Entrance Preparation Programs (UCEP)
  • Business Certificate Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation (Yellowquill College), which works towards a Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation, and a Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree (University of Calgary).
  • Diabetes Prevention Worker
  • First Nations Child and Family Services Worker Diploma Program is offered through a partnership between Yellowquill College & Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services
  • Community Management
  • First Nation Governance
  • Mature Grade 12
  • Pre-Electrical, Clerical, Small Business Management, Secretarial, Office Technology, Child Care, Native Economic Development, Business Administration and Administrative Assistant programs has prepared students directly for the workforce.
  • Professional development and work related training

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