Major and minor
September, January, May
Abbotsford campus, Chilliwack campus at CEP
In order to provide breadth of learning, courses are organized around four themes: Indigenous History, Social Relations and Governance, Land and Culture, and World View and Spirituality.
The program is focused on Indigenous ways of knowing, Indigenous issues, contemporary challenges, and processes of decolonization with the aim of improving Indigenous/settler society relations and forging new paths and relations.
All students have the opportunity to enrich their learning by participating in field trips, circle learning, interaction with Elders, Stó:lō cultural teachings, and special guest lectures.
Requirements for students wanting to complete a major in Indigenous Studies include 6 credits of Indigenous languages and 14-16 Indigenous People Knowledge (IPK) credits.
Remaining credits include a rich selection of courses in IPK, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, and geography, as well as courses to acquire applied skills in business, management, and communication.
Fourth-year students have the opportunity to either complete a capstone project or a two supervised field placements with local Indigenous agencies.
The minor in Indigenous Studies centres around Indigenous language courses and Indigenous People Knowledge courses, with two electives chosen from a large selection of options.
A minor in Indigenous Studies can help you gain valuable cultural knowledge by providing you with a thorough introduction to the social, cultural, and spiritual heritage of the Stó:lō people.
Students who have completed any of the following certificates and diplomas are able to bring credits earned into the minor and major:
Indigenous people are Canada fastest-growing demographic. According to Statistics Canada, They currently account for 4.3% of the Canadian popultion. And this number is expected to grow to 5.3% by 2030.
Paralleling this trend is a rising awareness that the dominant post-colonial culture has marginalized Indigenous people and denied them the right to participate and have a voice. Much work must occur to repair relations between Indigenous people and settler communities.
As a result, First Nations communities and agencies, and government ministries that serve First Nations need trained leaders and advocates to work in the areas of treaty negotiations, policy development, and resource management. Work opportunities also exist in public service, in schools, prisons, and municipalities that work with First Nations people.
View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar
This program is open to international students
Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.
Book an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.