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Indigenous Studies
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St:l Studies certificate

The St:l Studies certificate program is open to all learners. Its collective course content is focused on the local First Nations people, and is grounded in accurate, relevant historical background. The collective of courses prepare learners, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, with a core of knowledge that is integral to the local people and to the traditional territory in which UFV is located. Learning experiences, which foster deeper understanding of the cultural interdependence and mutual appreciation of Aboriginal and mainstream societies, will contribute significantly to the practices of professionals and service providers, as well as researchers and others. Students who complete the certificate program have an opportunity to maintain their connection to the local First Nation communities for future research projects.

The St:l, like many First Nations, have an oral tradition. It is only the last generation that has begun to document local traditions and stories. The St:l Studies certificate will encourage First Nation students to work with their communities to begin documenting local history and stories. This will also support the development of much needed written resources.

As a professional development program, this certificate provides opportunities to gain cultural competencies as students immerse themselves in experiences that meld Halqemylem language and St:l background. The courses examine the history, culture, beliefs, and protocol of the Fraser Valley First Nations communities. Students gain cultural competencies by engaging in meaningful dialogue and traditional experiences.

Entrance requirements

The St:l Studies certificate will require a B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent or minimum of 19 years of age before the first day of classes.

This certificate is intended for students who wish to complete it at the same time as they pursue another program. Students must ensure that they meet course prerequisites.

Applicants must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language proficiency requirement in the Admissions section of the calendar.

How to apply

Students wising to apply for the St:l Studies certificate should contact Aboriginal Access Services at 604-795-2835, 604-557-4069, or arc@ufv.ca.

Dates and locations

A student can complete the St:l Studies certificate in four semesters. Part-time study is also an option. Additionally, the certificate can be completed as a matter of course while completing a Bachelor degree.

Courses may be offered in the evening and are currently offered throughout the timetable in both Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

Residency requirement

A minimum of 25% of the credits required for the certificate must be completed at UFV.

Graduation

Upon completion of the mandated 10 courses, with a program GPA of 2.0, students may apply for the St:l Studies certificate.

Transferability

The St:l Studies certificate has been designed to include several courses whose credits are transferable into diploma and bachelor programs offered at UFV. Students who come to UFV specifically to complete this certificate may choose to continue their studies in Education, Social Work, and/or General Studies at UFV.

24 credits are directly transferable to UFVs Aboriginal Culture and Language Support diploma for graduates wanting to work in an Aboriginal education setting. Graduates will also be able to transfer 12 credits toward UFVs Social Services diploma First Nations option.

Those wishing to become certified Halqemylem teachers are able to transfer 18 credits toward the 90-credit Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) program at Simon Fraser University.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Financial aid

Aboriginal Access Services has details regarding access to financial support for Aboriginal students. Students are also encouraged to contact the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office for further information on scholarships and bursaries.

Program outline

Semester I (Fall): 6 credits

Course Title Credits
HALQ 101 Halqemylem Language I (see Note 1) 3
FNST 101 St:l Nation Development 3

Semester II (Winter): 9 credits

Course Title Credits
HALQ 102 Halqemylem Language II (see Note 1) 3
FNST 102 St:l Traditional Ways of Healing and Helping 3
HIST 103 St:l History 3

Semester III (Fall): 6 credits

Course Title Credits
HALQ 201 Intermediate Halqemylem I (see Note 2) 3
FNST 201 St:l Communication and World View 3

Semester IV (Winter): 6 credits

Course Title Credits
HALQ 202 Intermediate Halqemylem II (see Note 2) 3
FNST 202 St:l Social Structure 3

Electives (choose one of the following): 3 credits

Course Title Credits
IPK 100 University and College Access Seminar I 3
IPK 101 University and College Access Seminar II 3
IPK 121 Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow I 3
IPK 122 Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow II 3
IPK 131 Indigenous Leadership: Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow I 3
IPK 132 Indigenous Leadership: Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow II 3

Note 1: HALQ 100 (6 credits) may be used in place of HALQ 101 and 102

Note 2: HALQ 200 (6 credits) may be used in place of HALQ 201 and 202

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.