The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology has increased their programming in the Lakes District this year.

President Ken Tourand says it’s a part of their long-standing relationship with the Lake Babine Nation.

“Quite often we do a lot of First Nations language courses. This year is the first time we’ve been up here with three courses.”

The programs include a first-year degree program in chemical addictions, a cultural assessor certificate and a camp cook program in Burns Lake.

Tourand says the college has an Aboriginal mandate and works with First Nations across the country.