Through a blend of language learning, Indigenous peoples' knowledge, and other multi-disciplinary courses, Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies equips you to address the challenges Indigenous communities are facing.
Certificate and diploma programs
UFV's one-year Indigenous Studies certificate is designed to provide you with the knowledege, skills, and perspecitives required for employment as an Education assistant or Aboriginal support worker in the both public or First Nation-operated band schools or with an Indigenous community or organization
UFV's Modern Languages Institute offers an Intermediate Proficiency associate certificate (12 credits) in Halq'eméylem, the traditional language of the Stó:lō people.
The graduate certificate will prepare students who want to improve their fluency and proficiency in the Halq’eméylem language, contribute to the language revitalization, transmit knowledge and culture through the Halq’eméylem language, and increase opportunities to share the Halq’eméylem language.
The graduate diploma will prepare students who want to, improve their fluency and proficiency in the Halq’eméylem language, contribute to the language revitalization, transmit knowledge and culture through the Halq’eméylem language, increase opportunities to share the Halq’eméylem language, immerse students within the Halq’eméylem language and the Stó:lō worldview, and provide students with an opportunity to increase Halq’eméylem sustainability through innovative and creative development of language curricula or a Stó:lō community-driven language revitalization plan.
This associate certificate discusses the historically deep and culturally distinct connection that exists between the Stó:lō people and their ancestral lands. It does this through an examination of sacred land-based relationships, ancestral traditions, and stories. Additionally, this associate certificate guides students through the acknowledgment of the ongoing impacts of both settler colonialism and climate change within Stó:lō Téméxw, while also recognizing Indigenous contributions, empowerment and resilience in addressing these concerns.
The Social Service Worker diploma – Indigenous focus prepares students to work in culturally safe ways with Indigenous peoples in social service agencies and schools. Graduates practice from a place of cultural humility and develop an understanding of the impact of colonization on Indigenous communities.
UFV's Stó:lō Studies certificate provides you with a holistic introduction to the history, language, and culture of the Fraser Valley's Stó:lō people.
Other related programs
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.