Academic Calendar 2023/24

Indigenous Studies

Stó:lō Studies certificate

The Stó:lō 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 research projects.

The Stó:lō, 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:lō 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:lō 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.

Entrance requirements

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or minimum 19 years of age before the first day of classes.
  2. Applicants must meet the Entry-level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

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 prerequisites.

How to apply

Apply online at

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Financial aid

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.

Program duration

Students can complete the Stó:lō Studies certificate in four semesters. Part-time study is also an option. Additionally, the certificate can be completed as a matter of course availability while completing a Bachelor degree.

Dates and location

Courses may be offered in the evening and are currently offered throughout the timetable in both Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

Program outline

Semester I (Fall): 6 credits

Course Title Credits
HALQ 101 Halq'eméylem Language I (see Note 1) 3
IPK 105 Introduction to Stó:lō People and Communities (formerly FNST 101) 3

Semester II (Winter): 9 credits

Course Title Credits
HALQ 102 Halq'eméylem Language II (see Note 1) 3
HIST 103 Stó:lō History 3
IPK 106 Stó:lō Ways of Healing and Helping (formerly FNST 102) 3

Semester III (Fall): 6 credits

Course Title Credits
HALQ 201 Intermediate Halq'eméylem I (see Note 2) 3
IPK 206 Stó:lō Communication and Worldview (formerly FNST 201) 3

Semester IV (Winter): 6 credits

Course Title Credits
HALQ 202 Intermediate Halq'eméylem II (see Note 2) 3
IPK 205 Stó:lō Social and Governing Structures (formerly FNST 202) 3

Elective courses (choose one)

Course Title Credits
IPK 100 Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow 3
IPK 101 University and College Access Seminar II 3
IPK 121 Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow I (discontinued) 3
IPK 122 Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow II (discontinued) 3
IPK 331/ POSC 336 History of Indigenous Leadership 4
IPK 332 Indigenous Governance and Leadership 4

Note 1: HALQ 100 (discontinued) may be used in place of HALQ 101 and 102

Note 2: HALQ 200 (discontinued) may be used in place of HALQ 201 and 202

Transfer credit

The Stó:lō 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.

Graduates are able to apply 12 credits toward UFV's Social Service Worker diploma — Indigenous focus.

Those 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.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).


Students must complete at least 25% of the credits required in the certificate at UFV.

Graduation requirements

Upon completion of the mandated 10 courses, with a program GPA of 2.00, students may apply for the Stó:lōr Studies certificate.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students