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First Nations Studies
These courses are part of the Social Services diploma — First Nations option.

English Language Requirements
Beginning Fall, 2007 students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

FNST 1013 credits
Stó:lő Nation Development
Prerequisite(s): Admittance to the Social Service Diploma Program or the Aboriginal Culture & Language Support Worker Diploma Program, or Instructor's Permission
The purpose of this course is to enable professional helpers working with the Stó:lő people to do their jobs more effectively by examining the development of the Stó:lő Nation, beginning with a historical, socioeconomic overview. The students will explore Stó:lő cultural philosophy, values and beliefs and compare them with Western philosophies, values and beliefs. Using a framework that encompasses pre-contact, contact and contemporary Stó:lő society, students will study the evolution of the Stó:lő Nation' socioeconomic structure.
Participation in field trips scheduled outside of regular class time is required.

FNST 1023 credits
Stó:lő Traditional Ways of Healing and Helping
Prerequisite(s): Admittance to the Social Service Diploma Program or the Aboriginal Culture & Language Support Worker Diploma Program, or Instructor's Permission
The purpose of this course is to enable professional helpers working with the Stó:lő people to do their jobs more effectively by learning about traditional Stó:lő ways of healing and helping. After exploring the role of self-esteem and motivation in healing, students will learn how techniques of teamwork, sharing, and group work contribute to healing and helping processes. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the importance of building "self-in-relation" for healing and maintaining health. Finally, this course will study the relationship between healing individuals and families and building healthy communities and nations. Students will learn that all ways of helping and healing are interconnected in a "circle of wellness".

FNST 2013 credits
Stó:lő Communications & World View
Prerequisite(s): FNST 101 and FNST 102
The purpose of this course is to enable professional helpers working with the Stó:lő people to do their jobs more effectively by examining the Stó:lő world view. The students will explore and examine Stó:lő learning styles and oral traditions, and compare them to Western learning styles and oral/written traditions.
Participation in field trips scheduled outside of regular class time is required.

FNST 2023 credits
Stó:lő Social Structure
Prerequisite(s): FNST 101 or FNST 102 or instructor's permission
This course will examine Stó:lő social structure from pre-contact to contemporary. The role of Stó:lő Nation as a service provider, the structure of Stó:lő communities, and the roles of community members will be explored. In order for students to gain an understanding of Stó:lő identity, relationships, and interconnectedness, family structure and child rearing practices will be examined. The course is intended to assist professional helpers understand Stó:lő social structures, particularly family structure. By understanding the complex influences that have contributed to the unique social and family structures within Stó:lő communities, students will be better prepared to work in a helping capacity with Stó:lő, and other aboriginal people.

FNST 2306 credits
Aboriginal Culture and Language Practicum
Prerequisite(s): EDUC 291, HALQ 201 and instructor's permission
Pre- or corequisite(s): EDUC 275 or FNST 275
Supervised work experience in First Nations and public school settings that could later lead to employment. Students will have the opportunity to practice skills gained in prerequisite courses and will receive feedback about competencies in
working with Aboriginal youth and in developing culturally relevant experiences. There will be weekly seminars. This course should be taken in the final semester of the Aboriginal Culture and Language Diploma program.

FNST 2753 credits
Contemporary Issues and Policies in Aboriginal Education
Prerequisite(s): 30 University Transfer Credits which must include one of: HIST 103 or FNST 201 or
ANTH 111 or ANTH 112
This course examines the major issues and policies impacting Aboriginal education in Canada. By understanding the multifaceted influences that continue to affect the capacity of Aboriginal communities, students will be better prepared to
enhance the learning environment in the classroom, as well as to validate Aboriginal youth and their families. This course is also offered as EDUC 275 and cannot be taken for further credit as EDUC 275.

Last updated: March 31, 2007Top


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