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, languages 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.
SFU First Nations Studies Walk for Reconciliation in September.
A Residential School Healing Journey
The Department of First Nations Studies welcomes Aboriginal artist, elder, and Residential School Survivor, Isadore Charters visiting our area in September.
Isadore is currently carving a "healing pole." The Chilliwack-area resident started carving the healing pole last year to tell the story of his eight-year experience as a Kamloops residential school student.
Students met and carved with Isadore while he shared his thoughts and experiences through informal conversations.
By travelling British Columbia with his on-going piece of artwork in progress and inviting residential school survivors, their families and non-Aboriginals to discuss the pole and contribute a carving, Charters hopes to foster national healing.
Upon completion, the pole, which will be a featured attraction in upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada events in B.C., will be put on public display.
Isadore's visit to SFU was at the invitation of Dr. Brenda Morrison, a SFU criminologist and a Reconciliation Canada ambassador.
SFU Day for Reconciliation
To see SFU activites for Reconciliation Week, please visit
Some FNST program updates
will be effective Spring 2014.
FNS Program is now the Department
of First Nations Studies!
(Eff. Apr 1/12)
New Major Program!
First Nations Studies launches
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Fall 2013 CoursesVisit: http://www.sfu.ca/fns/courses/fall/
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Visit FNS's Peoples News
the latest happenings.
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FNST logo: Mousewoman by Juanita Ens. Photo: Author, Writer, Scholar, Thomas King with FNST students at UBC 2009.
Last updated: July 17, 2013.