SFU and FNST student, Melanie Mercer, wins the Blue Metropolis Foundation and Festival Student Prize!

Congratulations to First Nations Studies' very own, Melanie Mercer, for winning the 2018 Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Prize!

See below for details


First Nations Studies partners with Indigenous and other communities and individuals to build dynamic relationships that restore and revitalize traditional knowledges, ancient and modern aesthetics, and literatures.

As a community of learners, we connect and honour academic rigor and Indigenous perspectives through activist research, creative production, and community engagement.

First Nations Studies offers sequential, comprehensive learning rooted in traditional and contemporary Aboriginal logic, methodology, practice and theory.

Summer 2018 Courses:

FNST 101-3 Introduction to First Nations Studies

FNST 201W-3 Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History 

FNST 222-3 Selected Topics in First Nations Studies
Topic: Coast Salish Histories

FNST 332-3 Ethnobotany of BC First Nations  
Note: There are two sections for this course

FNST/HIST 427-4 Problems in the History of Aboriginal Peoples

Course outlines - www.sfu.ca/outlines

What's new in FNS!

We have the following new developments in the Department and offer Best Wishes to all!

Thank you: Our warmest THANKS to Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn for his leadership, first serving as Director to FNS and then as Chair when FNS became a department. Eldon will be on a well deserved Chair's leave in 2018!

New: Our warmest CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Deanna Reder in her new role as our new Department Chair for a three-year term. Dr. Reder has previously served as Undergraduate Chair for FNS. Among many of her roles, Deanna is Principle Investigator to a 5-year SSHRC funded "The People and the Text: Indigenous Writing in Northern North America up to 1992" research project. See more at our People webpage.

New: Warmest WELCOME to Dr. June Scudeler! Dr. Scudeler is SFU's newest Shadbolt Fellow (2017-2020). We are delighted to have June join our faculty team as Term Assistant Professor during her tenure as Shadbolt Fellow. (See FASS Shadbolt webpage.)

New: Congratulations to Dr. Rudolf Reimer! Dr. Reimer receives a new appointment as Associate Professor! Dr. Reimer holds a joint appointment with Archaeology and FNS. He has served as Undergraduate Chair for FNS and will be on Study Leave this academic year.

New: Joining our Undergraduate Chair team as the new UGC Chair is Dr. Marianne Ignace. Marianne holds a joint appointment in FNS and Linguistics. She is the Director of the First Nations Language Centre and Priniciple Investigator to the seven-year SSHRC research project on First Nations language preservation and revitalization.

New: Launched is our newest course, FNST 286 Indigenous Peoples and British Columbia: An Introduction course.   


New Programs

First Nations Studies
1) launches new Major
2) join Co-op Education Program in FNS

New Courses - SPRING 2018   

FNST 222-3 ST-Indigenous Film and Resurgence 

FNST 322-3 ST-Ethnoecology in BC First Nations  

FNST 326-4 and FNST 327-4 (joint offering with HIST 326-4 and GSWS 327-4)



1) Research Assistant Positions: TBA

2) Work-Study Positions - TBA

See FNS Employment webpage on upcoming Work-Study and/or RA temporary positions.


Welcome to FNS @ SFU!

Thank you for visiting our website.


FNS Accepting Applications  for TENURE-TRACK POSITION:
See latest competitions posted -
Faculty Openings with VP Academic


New FASS opportunity:


Welcome, Thanks, and
FNS Faculty Updates:

Thank you to all our alumni, students, families, colleagues, and Elders for your continuing support to SFU First Nations Studies.  



FNS Student Union - We have one!

FNS Co-op Practicum Program!


SPRING 2018 Graduation

Last day to submit application to graduate (EARLY BIRD): February 16, 2018. 

Indigenous Students Honouring Ceremony                                    

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Burnaby Campus 
Students who have graduated in Summer 2017 and Fall 2017, along with students who will be graduating in Spring 2018, are invited to attend. Please click on the link above for more information.

Congratulations Grads!


This page last updated: March 27, 2018