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Indigenous Studies

Stó:lō Studies — certificate



2 years

Full time, Part time

How to apply

Start date:
September, January 

Abbotsford campus, Chilliwack campus at CEP



  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Opportunities to participate in cultural events, circle learning, interaction with resident Elders, Stó:lō cultural teachings, and guest lectures
  • Program eligible for financial aid


The UFV Stó:lõ Studies certificate program is an opportunity for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners to get immersed in the history, language, and culture of the Fraser Valley's Stó:lõ people.

You can complete the UFV Stó:lõ Studies certificate as a stand-alone credential part-time over two years, or take it concurrently while earning a diploma or bachelor's degree.

As part of the curriculum, you complete courses in the Halq'eméylem language, Stó:lõ Nation development and history, Stó:lõ traditional ways of healing, Stó:lõ communication and worldview, and Stó:lõ social structure.

 View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

UFV's Stó:lō Studies certificate is ideal for Indigenous students wishing to access educational opportunities at the university level. It also provides an excellent professional development opportunity for current and future teachers, social workers, or community services providers working with Indigenous communities.

 UFV's Stó:lō Studies certificate is transferable and can lead to further studies at UFV. Credit earned can count toward a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies or a Bachelor of General Studies. You can also transfer 12 credits to UFV's Social Services diploma — First Nations option.

Alternatively, you can transfer 18 credits to the Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) at SFU to become a certified Halq'eméylem teacher.

The Indigenous Student Centre 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.


Indigenous people are Canada's fastest-growing demographic. According to Statistics Canada, they currently accounts for 4.9% of the Canadian population. And this number is expected to grow to 5.3% by 2030.

At the same time, glaring disparities still exist between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians in health care, housing, education, and social services. And pressure is mounting, both from within and without Canada, to address the legacy of colonialism, including land claims, residential schools, missing and murdered indigenous women, and more. Much work needs to be done to repair the relations between Indigenous people and settler communities.

That's why featuring a Stó:lō Studies certificate on your résumé can be an asset: it can open doors of opportunity with Indigenous organizations, government agencies, social services agencies, non-profit organizations, community organizations, museums, youth centres, schools, and more.


View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar


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. 


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