Minor

The First Nations Studies Minor program will allow you to study traditional and contemporary issues involving Aboriginal peoples of North America and Canada and it is designed for both First Nations and non-First Nations students. Your focus will be on First Nations cultures, languages, Indigenous knowledge and histories as well as Indigenous-Settler relations, the development of federal and provincial policy toward Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal rights and title questions, economic development and self-government. 

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete at least 9 units including

  • FNST 101 - Introduction to First Nations Studies (3)
  • FNST 201W - Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History (3)

and at least one course from

  • FNST 110W - International Indigenous Lifewriting (4)
  • FNST 111 - Introduction to Participatory Indigenous Research Methods (3)
  • FNST 212 - Indigenous Perceptions of Landscape (3)
  • FNST 222 - Selected Topics in First Nations Studies (3) *
  • FNST 232 - Introduction to Ethnoecology in First Nations Studies (3)
  • FNST 286 - Indigenous Peoples and British Columbia: An Introduction (3)

Other courses which have First Nations content may be applied toward the major as an elective, subject to approval by the department. Students are advised to consult the program advisor.

* may be completed more than once when offered as a different topic

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 15 units, including at least six units from the following:

  • FNST 301 - Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research (3)
  • FNST 401 - Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy (3)
  • FNST 402W - The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples (3)
  • FNST 403 - Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World (3)

AND at least 9 units chosen from:

  • ARCH 378 - Pacific Northwest North America (3)
  • ARCH 386 - Archaeological Resource Management (3)
  • FNST 301 - Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research (3) ***
  • FNST 322 - Special Topics in First Nations Studies (0) ++

more courses

  • FNST 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4) + or HIST 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4) +
  • FNST 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4) + or HIST 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4) +
  • FNST 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4) † or GSWS 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4) +
  • FNST 329 - Sexuality and Gender: Indigenous Perspectives (3)
  • FNST 332 - Ethnobotany of British Columbia First Nations (3)
  • FNST 333 - Ethnozoology of British Columbia First Nations (3)
  • FNST 353W - First Nations Heritage Stewardship (3)
  • FNST 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4) + or ENGL 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4) +
  • FNST 363 - Indigenous Poetry, Poetics, Printmaking (4)
  • FNST 376 - Indigenous Weaving Technologies: Community of Beings (4)
  • FNST 383 - Indigenous Technology: Art and Sustainability (4)
  • FNST 401 - Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy (3) ***
  • FNST 402W - The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples (3) ***
  • FNST 403 - Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World (3) ***
  • FNST 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3) + or CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3) +
  • FNST 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3) + or CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3) +
  • FNST 433 - Indigenous Environmental Justice and Activism (4)
  • FNST 442 - Directed Readings in First Nations Studies (3)
  • FNST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) + or HIST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) +
  • FNST 447 - Directed Studies in First Nations Studies (3)
  • FNST 462 - Indigenous Oral Testimony: Theory, Practice, Purpose, Community (4)
  • LING 430 - Aboriginal Languages of the Americas (3)
  • LING 431 - Language Structures I (3) +++
  • LING 432 - Language Structures II (3) +++
  • SA 386 - The Ethnography of Politics (SA) (4)
  • SA 388 - Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples (A) (4)
*** when not used toward requirement of six units core requirement of six upper division units
+ only one of the two courses may be used
++ may be completed more than once when offered as a different topic
+++ only when the topic is an Aboriginal language; preferably in the same language in both courses

Other courses which have First Nations content may be applied toward the minor as an elective, subject to approval by the program advisor. Credit accumulated in the certificate in First Nations Studies Research may be applied toward the minor in First Nations Studies.

Scholarships

A wide range of scholarships and bursaries are available to students enrolled in First Nations Studies. Please visit SFU Financial Aid and Awards for a comprehensive listing of available internal and external awards.

Questions?

To enroll or for more information, please contact the First Nations Studies' academic advisor.

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