First Nations studies

Partner with Indigenous communities and work with Indigenous scholars to restore and revitalize traditional knowledges, ancient and modern aesthetics, languages and literatures. As a community of learners, the Department of First Nations Studies connect 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. Engaging and interdisciplinary, First Nations studies courses address, inform and reflect a wide range of academic disciplines including archaeology, history, gender, sexuality, and women's studies, linguistics, cultural resource management, sociology and anthropology, fine arts, criminology, English, and more.

About First Nations studies

Current program offerings include the major, minor, joint major, postbaccalaureate diplomas and certificates, and co-op.

Designed for all students, our focus is on the study of the traditional and contemporary cultures, languages, and histories of First Nations, as well as "Indian-White" relations, the development of federal and provincial policies toward Indigenous peoples, Aboriginal rights and title questions, economic development, self-government, and intergenerational issues.

In First Nations studies programs you will:

  • Engage in comprehensive and interactive learning
  • Gain expert traditional knowledge
  • Study contemporary intersectionality
  • Learn from Indigenous faculty and experts
  • Develop your social research and hands-on skills
  • Engage in peer learning

Career pathways

First Nations studies opens up numerous pathways to a multitude of career options, particularly in or relating to the Indigenous community of Canada. These include but are not limited to:

  • Aboriginal community administration
  • Policy analysis or research
  • First Nations environmental resource management
  • Community activism
  • Secondary or post-secondary teaching
  • Aboriginal language instruction
  • First Nations museology and art
  • Law, human rights and justice
  • Consulting on First Nations in the private or public sector
  • Cultural resource management in First Nations communities
  • Public administration, civil service and governance
  • Media


The application deadline for fall 2020 admission is January 31, 2020.

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Programs available

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Get in touch

Got questions about First Nations studies? Please contact Phil Cunningham, Academic Advisor in the Department of First Nations Studies.

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