Geography and the Environment
This intensive four-week, three-course, twelve-credit certificate offers students the opportunity to learn a range of conceptual and practical skills that are of direct relevance to the history, communication, implementation, and critique of Indigenous rights, title, and land claims. It focuses on a range of representational practices, including, but not limited to, film, oral histories, documentaries, surveys and maps, and legal discourse analysis, and their importance to the Indigenous land rights process generally, but with a focus on British Columbia and the lower Fraser Valley in particular.
Note: If the instructors have questions about the applicant, or if the applicant would like more information about the program, a follow-up interview may be requested.
Note: the prerequisites for HIST 399E, GEOG 300F, and HIST 396I will be waived for non-university students admitted to this program.
Apply online at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply.
The certificate is generally offered in late June and early July, but specific details regarding application deadline dates, exact certificate scheduling, location, etc., are regularly updated at ufv.ca/landclaims.
Note: Applicants must score 45 out of 60 for acceptance into the certificate.
Subject to the assessment described above, students will be considered for admission to the certificate program on a first-come, first-served basis.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. In addition to the tuition and any ancillary costs that normally apply to credit courses taken at UFV, students should expect some incidental certificate-specific expenses for transportation to and from field sites, waterproof notebooks, per diem, etc.
The certificate is normally started towards the end of the early Summer session, but delivery is condensed into four weeks, with the remainder of the late Summer session used by students for completion of assignments. Each component course is led by a separate faculty member (or members), but they will typically alternate with each other over the course of the certificate, and there will be some instances where days are shared. Schedules will be adjusted as required to facilitate practicum work, guest speaker appearances, visits to field sites, etc. The three constituent courses are as follows:
This course offers students an account and analysis of how film and historical writing have been used to make the invisible (the heritage and land use of First Nations) visible (films and texts created to reveal and explain Indigenous peoples' relationship to their lands and cultures). By critically evaluating film and text, students will learn about the challenges of land claims research, and how to enhance research methodologies developed to advance land rights and land claims processes in Canada and other parts of the world. The focus will be on the place of creative work in research.
This course introduces students to the conceptual and practical challenges of making maps to advance and support land claims in British Columbia. Students will learn about the history of First Nations cartography and way-finding in British Columbia and elsewhere, and how to use maps and other forms of spatial representation such as stories, songs, artefacts, blockades or occupancies, and the law to advance claims to territory in the modern period, and some of the perils and promises associated with these processes.
This course introduces students to the history of the Stó:lõ , their relations to land and resources, and rights, title, and land claims issues. Students will watch films, read texts, hear oral interviews and presentations, view maps, and tour the Stó:lõ cultural landscape as a 'thick' or 'embedded' way of learning about the Stó:lõ and the challenges facing them in their relationship with non-Native newcomers and government authorities. Stó:lõ rights and title issues involve local and broader histories of litigation, negotiation, direct action, and land/resource management. The course will challenge students to be creative in thinking of ways to understand, convey, and address rights and title issues, using a variety of methods and media.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
Applicants who are already university students as described in the entrance requirements above
must take the courses for academic alphanumeric credit; applicants admitted as non-university students as
described in the entrance requirements may complete the certificate on a straight credit/no credit (i.e. CR/NCR) basis.
Students will also have followed appropriate protocols for cultural, educational, and safety reasons, participated in field trips, met project deadlines, and been willing to participate in a self-evaluation.
Any student successfully completing all three courses in the certificate with the equivalent of a minimum letter grade of C in each course will be eligible to receive the certificate. Students may be able to use the certificate courses to satisfy requirements for the UFV Bachelor of Arts degree. Those wishing to apply credit towards other UFV bachelor degrees should check with their program advisor to determine applicability.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.