Stó:lõ Studies certificate
The Stó:lõ Studies certificate program is open to all
learners. Its collective course content is focused on the local First Nations
people, and is grounded in accurate, relevant historical background. The
collective of courses prepare learners, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, with
a core of knowledge that is integral to the local people and to the traditional
territory in which UFV is located. Learning experiences, which foster deeper
understanding of the cultural interdependence and mutual appreciation of
Aboriginal and mainstream societies, will contribute significantly to the
practices of professionals and service providers, as well as researchers and
others. Students who complete the certificate program have an opportunity to
maintain their connection to the local First Nation communities for future
The Stó:lõ, like many First Nations, have an oral tradition.
It is only the last generation that has begun to document local traditions and
stories. The Stó:lõ Studies certificate will encourage First Nation students to
work with their communities to begin documenting local history and stories. This
will also support the development of much needed written resources.
As a professional development program, this certificate
provides opportunities to gain cultural competencies as students immerse
themselves in experiences that meld Halq’eméylem language and Stó:lõ background.
The courses examine the history, culture, beliefs, and protocol of the Fraser
Valley First Nations communities. Students gain cultural competencies by
engaging in meaningful dialogue and traditional experiences.
The Stó:lõ Studies certificate will
require a B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent or minimum of 19 years
of age before the first day of classes.
This certificate is intended for
students who wish to complete it at the same time as they pursue another
program. Students must ensure that they meet course pre-requisites.
How to apply
Students wising to apply for the Stó:lõ Studies
certificate should contact Aboriginal Access Services at 604-795-2835,
604-557-4069, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates and locations
A student can complete the Stó:lõ Studies
certificate in four semesters. Part-time study is also an
option. Additionally, the certificate can be completed as a matter of course
while completing a Bachelor degree.
Courses may be offered in the evening and are currently offered throughout the
timetable in both Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
A minimum of 25% of the credits required for the
certificate must be completed at UFV.
Upon completion of the mandated 10 courses, with a program GPA of 2.0, students
may apply for the Stó:lõ Studies certificate.
Stó:lõ Studies certificate has been
designed to include several courses whose credits are transferable into
diploma and bachelor programs offered at UFV. Students who come to UFV
specifically to complete this certificate may choose to continue their studies in
Education, Social Work, and/or General Studies at UFV.
24 credits are directly transferable to UFV’s
Aboriginal Culture and Language
Support diploma for graduates
wanting to work in an Aboriginal education setting. Graduates will also be
able to transfer 12 credits toward UFV’s
Social Services diploma — First
wishing to become certified Halq’eméylem teachers are able to transfer 18
credits toward the 90-credit Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) program at Simon Fraser University.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs
Aboriginal Access Services 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.
Semester 1, Fall (6 credits)
Language I (see Note 1)
Semester 2, Winter (9 credits)
Language II (see Note 1)
Ways of Healing and Helping
Semester 3, Fall (6 credits)
I (see Note 2)
Communication and World View
Semester 4, Winter (6 credits)
II (see Note 2)
Electives: choose one of the following (3 credits)
College Access Seminar I
College Access Seminar II
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Leadership: Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow I
Leadership: Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow II
Note 1: HALQ 100 (6 credits) may be used in place of HALQ 101 and 102
Note 2: HALQ 200 (6 credits) may be used in place of HALQ 201 and 202