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Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Academic Success Cohort

The Indigenous Academic Success Cohort (IASC) is an opportunity for Indigenous students to take their first year of university classes in a supportive Indigenized environment. Students from other programs may also apply and register for the program.

Courses in the program will weave together strategies for achieving academic success with Indigenous history, culture, and knowledge. Elders will be invited into the classrooms, and students will go on field trips to learn more about Indigenous worldviews, the importance of place, and a sense of self.

In addition to the support of the IASC program and Elders, the Indigenous Student Centre is available as a friendly mentoring environment where students can get assistance, advice and resources.

Program details

This cohort initiative allows groups of students to work as a community at the same time on similar courses. In semester one (September), students will take three core courses together and in the second semester (January), two core courses together and one course of each student’s choice (i.e., an elective course).  Students will receive academic advising support to select their elective courses.  

Fall 2024
IPK 100 Learn Today Lead Tomorrow 3 credits
AIS 111 Foundations of Learning, Reflection and Academic Success 3 credits
IPK 106 Stó:lō Ways of Healing and Helping 3 credits


Winter 2025
IPK 101

University and College Access Seminar

3 credits
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3 credits
AIS 299 Professional Practices I 3 credits

Please contact IASC@ufv.ca to indicate your interest in applying for this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

The program is designed to support students as they begin university studies, and it broadens understanding for the importance of Indigenous culture and history.

This cohort initiative is intended to support students as they begin longer programs of study (such as diploma or degree programs), so they will have a better chance of success in meeting their goals.

The IASC has the same entrance requirements as the institutional program entrance requirements.

Please contact the School of Social Justice and Global Stewardship Coordinator, Paul Brammer (paul.brammer@ufv.ca) for more info.

Yes, the credits for the courses can be used in the BA and in other programs. Students will receive Academic Advising as part of their first semester.

Please contact the Indigenous Students Office to indicate your interest in applying for the Indigenous Academic Success Cohort. 

There is no application deadline.  Applications will be processed on a first-come basis. 

Students will receive a Statement of Completion in addition to academic credits for all successfully completed courses.

Do you have more questions?

Please contact the Indigenous Student Centre to learn more about the IASC.

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