Certificates & Diploma

The Department of First Nations Studies offers two certificate programs:

Certificate in First Nations Studies Reserach
Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency

First Nations Studies Certificate Programs

Certificate in First Nations Studies Research (CFNSR)

Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency (CFNLP)

For Program Requirements: Visit the current (click): SFU Academic Calendar

  • Units applied to one certificate may be applied also to major or minor programs of a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs but may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma.

Certificate in First Nations Studies Research

This program explores the history, prehistory, culture, language and contemporary situation of Canadian Aboriginal peoples, and teaches basic research skills about First Nations/Aboriginal issues with emphasis on BC Aboriginal people. Normal completion requires five full time terms. The certificate, which can be completed as a full-time or part time program or as part of a bachelor degree, is especially suited to students who wish to gain proficiency in First Nations/Aboriginal issues, social research skills, and basic cultural resource management skills. Students should plan their admission and program in consultation with the First Nations Studies advisor.

Requirements: Completin of a minimum of 30 units of courses (including one Practicum course) in FNST and other subject disciplines. A minimum of 2.00 GPA calculated on all courses applied to this Certificate. See Academic Calendar for program requirement details.


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)
  • Kaska/Tlingit/S. Tutchone/Han (Yukon)
  • Halkomelem - Downriver (Pitt Meadows)
  • Hul'q'umi'num' (Vancouver Island)
  • Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish)
  • Heiltsuk (Bella Bella)
  • Xaad-Kil Haida (Old Masset)
  • Nuxalk (Bella Coola)
  • Nsyilxcn (Okanagan)
  • Tahltan (Tahltan Territory)
  • Tsilhqot'in (Williams Lake)

Courses in other locations and/or in other languages can be offered at the request of the communities/organization. 
Contact: first_nations@sfu.ca.

Students interested in the above certificate programmes, should contact the Program Advisor (first_nations@sfu.ca) for requirement details and program enrollment information.


NEW - Beginning Summer 2017

Graduate Certificate in the Linguistics of a First Nations Language (LINGGCFNL)

New program offered by the Department of Linguistics at SFU.

The Graduate Certificate in the Linguistics of a First Nations Language offers training to students for careers as language researchers, educators, and material developers. Students gain expertise in communicative skills, language documentation and analysis of a particular First Nations language. The cohort programs will be offered on site in the First Nations language community, or through a combination of on-campus and community-based course modules.

Affiliated is the

Certificate in Cultural Resource Management

Other departments offering programmes with FNST courses include:

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)


First Nations Studies Post-baccalaureate Diploma Program

In addition, for those who have completed a Bachelor degree already and who wish to learn about First Nations Studies, there is thePost-baccalaureate Diploma in First Nations Studies.

For additional Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences programs go to: