Indigenous Studies

Immerse yourself in local Indigenous knowledge

Immerse yourself in local Indigenous knowledge

Learn about Indigenous culture in a place of learning that respects and includes indigenous ways of knowing. 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.

Through a blend of Halq'eméylem language and Indigenous peoples' knowledge courses, you develop a deep understanding of Stó:lō culture, traditions, and spirituality. You build up your critical thinking and writing skills by exploring issues surrounding the socio-economic realities faced by Indigenous communities. And you gain cultural skills by engaging in meaningful dialogue and traditional experiences. If you are Indigenous or have strong ties to Indigenous communities, you are encouraged to document local history and stories as part of your course work.

To complement classroom learning, participate in cultural events, interaction with resident Elders, and Stó:lō cultural teachings provided by UFV Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) on the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses.

UFV's Stó:lō Studies certificate is ideal if you are an Indigenous student wishing to access educational opportunities at the university level. Credits earned can transfer to variety of UFV programs and can lead to further studies in Education, Social Work, Indigenous Studies, or General Studies. Completing a Stó:lō Studies certificate is also a great professional development opportunity for current and future teachers, social workers, or community services providers working with Indigenous communities.

Career outlook for Stó:lō Studies

Indigenous people are Canada's fastest-growing demographic. According to Statistics Canada, they currently account for 4.3% 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.