What is First Nation Studies?

First Nations Studies is a community-based program founded as a collaborative initiative between VIU and local Indigenous communities.

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Elders in the classroom

Elders are essential to the First Nations Studies program and are equal teaching partners to other faculty in all of our classrooms. Elders guide curriculum development and are facilitators of life-long learning by teaching and modeling responsibility and relationship building within family, community, and the greater world.

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Class Projects

First Nations Studies courses feature activities in all courses that constitute experiential learning, both in the classroom and on the land. Students are asked every day to “do” and participate in actions that move beyond textbooks, reading, and writing.


Offered: Bachelor of Arts with a major or minor in First Nations Studies and electives for students in other programs to enrich their educational experience

Degree Program Length: 4 Years

Highlights: Multidisciplinary approach with a focus on the physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being of each student.

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