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First Nations Studies Program


6188 Academic Quadrangle, (604) 291-5595 Tel, (604) 291-4989 Fax http://www.sfu.ca/fns/

Director

D.V. Burley BA, MA (New Br), PhD (S Fraser)

Associate Professor

M. Boelscher-Ignace MA (Georg August Universitat), PhD (S Fraser), coordinator, SCES/SFU Program in Kamloops**

Instructor

E. Yellowhorn BSc, BA (Calg), MA (S Fraser)*

Advisor

Ms. H. Coleman, 6188 Academic Quadrangle, 778.782 -5595

*joint appointment with archaeology

**joint appointment with sociology and anthropology

The minor program 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-Native students, its focus is on traditional cultures, languages and histories of First Nations, as well as such issues as Indian-White relations, the development of federal and provincial policy towards Native peoples, aboriginal rights and title questions, issues of economic development and self-government and gender and intergenerational issues. The objective of the minor 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 Native issues and research skills to practice in serving their communities and nations.

This program may be taken in conjunction with any major or honors bachelor's degree, or with a bachelor of general studies degree. It is expected that First Nations studies courses will be taught by faculty with appointments in First Nations or joint appointments in First Nations and other disciplines.

Lower Division Requirements

At least nine lower division credit hours are required including

FNST 101-3 The Cultures, Languages and Origins of Canada's First Peoples

FNST 201-3 Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History

and at least one course from

ARCH 200-3 Special Topics in World Prehistory (when topic is ancient peoples of British Columbia)

ARCH 223-3 The Prehistory of Canada

BISC 272-3 Special Topics in Biology (when topic is Native Ethnobotany)

HIST 201-3 The History of Western Canada

LING 231-3 Introduction to an Amerindian Language I

LING 232-3 Introduction to an Amerindian Language II

LING 260-3 Language, Culture, and Society (when topic appropriate)

SA 286-4 Native Cultures of British Columbia (A)

STAT 203 (formerly 103) (or equivalent) and SA 255 (or equivalent course in research methods) are strongly recommended.

Other courses which have First Nations content may be applied toward the minor as an elective, subject to approval by the steering committee.

Upper Division Requirements

At least 15 upper division credit hours are required, including at least six credit hours from

FNST 301-3 Issues in Applied Native Studies Research

FNST 401-3 Aboriginal Rights and Government Relations

FNST 402-3 The Discourse of Native Peoples

If all of the above courses are completed, the extra three credit hours may be applied to the required nine credit hours as specified below.

Students must also complete at least nine credit hours from

ARCH 332-3 Special Topics in Archaeology I*

ARCH 333-3 Special Topics in Archaeology II*

ARCH 360-5 Native Cultures of North America

ARCH 378-3 Pacific Northwest North America

ARCH 386-3 Archaeological Resource Management

ARCH 479-3 Directed Readings*

CRIM 419-3 Indigenous Peoples, Crime, and Criminal Justice

FNST 301-3 Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research**

FNST 401-3 Aboriginal Rights and Government Relations**

FNST 402-3 The Discourse of Native Peoples**

HIST 326-4 The History of Native People in Canada

LING 331-3 Description and Analysis of a First Nations Language I

LING 332-3 Description and Analysis of a First Nations Language II

LING 430-3 Native American Languages

LING 431-3 Language Structures I***

LING 432-3 Language Structures II***

SA 386-4 Native Peoples and Public Policy

SA 387-4 Canadian Native Peoples

SA 388-4 Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples

*when offered as archaeological field school. This combination counts as only one course for satisfying requirements for the minor.

**when not used toward requirement of six credit hours.

***only when the topic is a native language.

Other courses which have First Nations content may be applied toward the minor as electives, subject to approval by the steering committee.

Credit accumulated in the certificate in native studies research may be applied toward the minor in First Nations studies.

Cooperative Education

In conjunction with other departments in the Faculty of Arts, and other faculties offering the cooperative education program, eligible students wishing to undertake a minor in First Nations studies may apply to participate in the coop program for work placements in native organizations or with employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Certificate in Native Studies Research

This program provides a unique opportunity to explore the history and prehistory, culture, language and contemporary situation of Canadian native peoples, and to acquire basic skills in researching native issues. Particular emphasis is on the study of native people in the interior of British Columbia.

Offered through the Simon Fraser University/Secwepemc Cultural Education Society (SCES) Program in Kamloops, all program components can be taken at the SCES Centre on the Kamloops (Shuswap) Indian reserve, and normally require five full time study semesters. It can be completed as a two year program, or be part of a BA degree program.

The certificate is especially suitable for native individuals who wish to gain proficiency in studying native issues and to acquire social research skills which can be put to use in their communities and nations. It is also open to non-native students who wish to acquire skills in the above areas.

The certificate is subject to continued funding from external sources.

Admission Requirements

Normally, Simon Fraser University admission requirements apply. Students may be admitted under regular or special entry categories. Application assistance and advice is available at the SCES Centre in Kamloops.

Program Requirements

ARCH 273-3 Archaeology of the New World

HIST 201-3 The History of Western Canada

LING 130-3 Introduction to Practical Phonetics

SA 255-4 Introduction to Social Research

SA 286-4 Native Cultures of British Columbia

and one of

SA 101-4 Introduction to Anthropology

SA 150-4 Introduction to Sociology

Optional Courses

ARCH 200-3 Special Topics in World Prehistory*

ARCH 332-3 Special Topics in Archaeology I*

ARCH 333-3 Special Topics in Archaeology II*

ARCH 336-3 Special Topics in Prehistoric and Indigenous Art*

ARCH 360-5 Native Cultures of North America

BISC 272-3 Special Topics in Biology*

BISC 372-3 Special Topics in Biology*

CRIM 419-3 Indigenous Peoples, Crime, and Criminal Justice

FNST 101-3 The Cultures, Languages and Origins of Canada's First Peoples

FNST 201-3 Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History

FNST 301-3 Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research

FNST 401-3 Aboriginal Rights and Government Relations

FNST 402-3 The Discourse of Native Peoples

HIST 326-4 The History of Native People of Canada

LING 100-3 Communication and Language

LING 231-3 Introduction to an Amerindian Language I

LING 232-3 Introduction to an Amerindian Language II

LING 260-3 Language, Culture and Society

SA 100-4 Perspectives on Canadian Society

SA 201-4 Anthropology of Contemporary Life

SA 292-4 Special Topics in Sociology*

SA 293-4 Special Topics in Anthropology*

SA 386-4 Native Peoples and Public Policy

SA 387-4 Canadian Native Peoples

SA 388-4 Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples

SA 396-4 Selected Regional Areas*

WS 200-3 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective*

*when topic is appropriate

The program's practicum component can be fulfilled by selecting one of three options. Some courses within each option have prerequisites; accordingly, students should plan their programs in advance.

Option 1

SA 141 is required. This is the first semester of the cooperative education program in sociology and anthropology. The employment situation must be acceptable to the Native Studies research program.

Option 2

At least five credit hours of a field school in archaeology, involving survey and excavation of a native heritage site are required.

Option 3

SA 360 is required, which permits a faculty member to supervise an independent field research project acceptable to the Native Studies research program.

Note: Some courses taken at the Burnaby Mountain or Harbour Centre campuses may count towards the certificate, subject to certificate steering committee approval. A three course maximum (totalling not more than 10 credit hours) of comparable content and level from an approved college or university may be transferred toward program requirements, subject to University regulations governing transfer credits, and subject to approval of the certificate steering committee. Credits applied to this certificate may be applied also to major or minor programs or to a bachelor's degree under the normal regulations governing those programs, but may not be applied to another Simon Fraser certificate or diploma.



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