The minor program in First Nations Studies offers courses in the study of traditional and contemporary issues involving the aboriginal peoples of North America and Canada in particular. Designed for both First Nations students and non-Aborignal students, its focus is on traditional cultures, languages, indigenous knowledge and histories of First Nations, as well as such issues as "Indian-White" relations, the development of federal and provincial policy towards Aboriginal peoples, aboriginal rights and title questions, issues of economic development and self-government gender and intergenerational issues.
The objective of the program is to present and examine critically the above issues, taking into account the perspectives of aboriginal peoples. It will expose students to research methods pertinent to past, present, and future issues affecting Aboriginal peoples. In this respect, it is especially relevant for First Nations students who wish to put knowledge of Aboriginal issues and research skills to practice in serving their communities and nations.
The minor program in First Nations Studies may be taken in conjunction with any major or honors Bachelor’s degree (or a Bachelor of General Studies degree). Some courses are available through distance education.
Other courses that have First Nations content may be applied toward the minor as electives, subject to approval by the Department.
Credit accumulated in the Certificate in First Nations Studies Research may be applied toward the minor in First Nations Studies.
To view the latest requirements, please visit the SFU Academic Calendar: https://students.sfu.ca/calendar/2013/fall/programs/first-nations-studies/minor.html
How to add a Minor in First Nations Studies? Visit Declaring a FNST Programme
Minor in First Nations Studies (FNSTMIN)
Completion of a minimum of 24 units of courses.
Lower Division Requirements
Completion of at least nine (9) units of lower division courses, including two CORE foundation courses:
FNST 101-3 The Cultures, Languages and Origins of Canada’s First Peoples
FNST 201-3 Canadian Aboriginal Peoples’ Perspectives on History (B-SOC)
and one elective course (a minimum of 3 units) selected from approved FNS elective courses.
Lower division courses with suitable First Nations content may be applied toward the FNST Minor as an elective. Students are advised to consult the program advisor.
Upper Division Requirements
Completion of at least 15 units of upper division courses, including two of the following CORE (six units) courses:
FNST 301-3 Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research
FNST 401-3 Aboriginal Rights and Government Relations
FNST 402-3 The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples
FNST 403-3 Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World
In addition, students must also complete at nine (9) units from approved upper division FNS elective courses.
Upper division courses with suitable First Nations content may be applied toward the major as an elective. Students are advised to consult the program advisor.