First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University

The First Nations Studies Program (FNST) offers sequential, comprehensive courses rooted in traditional and contemporary aboriginal logic, methodology, practice and theory.

First Nations studies courses address, inform and reflect a wide range of academic disciplines including archaeology, history, gender and women's studies, linguistics, cultural resource management, sociology and anthropology, fine arts, criminology and English.

Current program offerings include

a major (New and available effective September 1, 2010),
a minor
two joint majors (choice of archaeology or linguistics),
a post baccalaureate diploma, and
two certificates
First Nations Studies courses are also featured (as requirements) in the Cultural Resource Management Certificate (through the Department of Archaeology).

First Nations Studies offers courses for students wishing to gain expertise in the study of traditional and contemporary issues. Designed for both First Nations students and non-aboriginal students, its focus is on the study of the traditional 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.

The objective of the program is to present and examine critically the above issues, taking into account the perspectives of aboriginal peoples. In addition, it exposes 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 indigenous issues and research skills to practice in serving their communities and nations.

The programs (FNST major, FNST minor, or joint majors) may be applied towards a Bachelor's degree program (or a Bachelor of General Studies degree program). Some courses are available through SFU's Centre for Online and Distance Education.

Other courses that have First Nations content may be applied toward the minor as electives, subject to approval.