Academic Programs

Aside from First Nations Studies academic programs (degree programs in FNST and other degree programs),
a Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency is also available to FNEP students.

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics:

Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency

Suitable for students who wish to acquire conversational and literacy skills in a particular First Nations language, to teach this language in schools, or to enhance their language for cultural reasons or professional objectives. The certificate can be completed on a full or part time basis. Advanced placement through course challenge to a maximum of nine units is possible for fluent speakers. Credit may be applied to a specific language and is achieved by examination from an instructor in that language with the approval of the department. All courses are taught by fluent speakers of the language and/or are team taught by a linguist and a fluent speaker or elder.

Courses offered in cooperation with local First Nations communities and language authorities include the following languages: 

  • Secwepemctsin (Kamloops, Williams Lake)
  • St'at'imcets (Lillooet)
  • Halq'emeylem - Upriver (Chilliwack)
  • Halkomelem - Downriver (Pitt Meadows)
  • Hul'q'umi'num' (Vancouver Island)
  • Squamish
  • Heiltsuk (Bella Bella)
  • Xaad-Kil Haida (Old Masset)
  • Nuxalk (Bella Coola)
  • Tsilhqot'in (Williams Lake)

Courses in other locations and/or in other languages may be offered at the request of the communities/organization. 

Students interested in the above certificate programme, should contact the Program Advisor ( for requirement details, program enrollment information, and application details.


Other programs of interest:

Certificate in First Nations Studies Research

Other departments offering programmes with FNST courses include:

Certificate in Cultural Resource Management (Department of Archaeology)
Certificate in Literacy Instruction (Faculty of Education)
Ethics Certificate (Department of Philosophy)
Legal Studies Certificate Program (School of Criminology)
Social Justice Certificate Program (Department of Sociology/Anthropology)
Environmental Literacy Certificiate (Faculty of Environment)
Counselling and Human Development Post Baccalaureate Diploma Program (Faculty of Education)