Native Education

Associate degree of arts in Indigenous Studies

The proposed Associate Degree in Indigenous Studies will allow students not committed to a career stream to enter post-secondary studies. The associate degree is built to honour and share the cultural knowledge that students bring to the classroom and to build on their experiences with increased academic skills. The focus is on the multidisciplinary approach of Indigenous Studies, including knowledge discovery and dissemination through ceremony, arts, and relationships.

This is a two year program of study, consisting of fall and winter terms.  Upon completion, successful graduates will have attained 60 credits, transferable to receiving universities and colleges.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Mature Student Status
Tuition and Fees
  • Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum "C" grade in English 12
  • Minimum "C" Grade 11 Algebra 

Accuplacer Scores:

  1. Reading Comprehension = 245
  2. Writing Comprehension = 245        

  • Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum "C" grade in English 12
  • Minimum "C" Grade 11 Algebra 
  • Mature Student Status: (if no official transcript available )

Accuplacer Scores:

  1. Reading Comprehension = 245
  2. Writing Comprehension = 245   

Program Tuition: $5, 950.00 
Registration: $75.00 
Graduation: $30.00 
Student Association: $30.00 
Student Record and Student Card Fee: $15.00 
Transportation – Upass (N/A Online) $460.00 
*Books & Supplies TBD based on selection of electives.
*Laptop (w/tax - optional) $1,050.00 
TOTAL: $6,560.00 
TOTAL:(with laptop & backpack) $7,610.00 

Career Path

Potential areas of employment for graduates in Indigenous Studies include public administration, industry liaison, entrepreneurship and community agencies. Areas of general employment for holders of an Associate of Arts Degree are entry-level and supervisory positions across many industries.

Graduates will thrive in positions that require the combination of critical analysis, composition and intercultural communication, such as advocacy, policy, government services, community services, human resources, arts and heritage and communications. Potential areas of further education are Indigenous studies, law, anthropology, history, sociology, economics, linguistics, geography, political science, journalism, education, social work, literature, medicine and environmental studies.

Graduates would be prepared for interdisciplinary fields such as global affairs, community development, policy analysis, adult education and health administration.

Get financial Aid

scholarships may be available for qualified Indigenous Peoples,  Canadian citizens and permanent residents. 

Gain real experience

Working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies and knowing how to make valuable use of concepts of interconnectedness and relationality in Indigenous worldviews and diverse human cultures.

Prepare Yourself For A Successful Career With The Associate Degree in Indigenous Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts Degree in Indigenous Studies, the learner will able to:

Describe the role of community histories, identities and relationships in community building.

Develop their experiential knowledge in relationship to specific Indigenous lands and Peoples.

Use the concepts of interconnectedness and relationality in Indigenous worldview and diverse human cultures.

Use stories, dances, songs, oration and ceremonies as important sources of knowledge and methods of knowledge transmission.

Use knowledge of Indigenous issues, Indigenous cultural frames of reference, and alternate perspectives to think critically and solve problems.

Communicate and engage with people in Indigenous language communities in authenticating Indigenous knowledge.

Course Descriptions

Term 1 (First year)

Name of Course/Subject# of credits
INST 100 Indigenous Experience (Core Course) 3
INST 101 Indigenous Nations (Core Course) 3
ENGL 110 Introduction to College Writing (Core Course) 3
Arts Electives x 412
INST 110 Introduction to Indigenous Studies (Core Course)3
INST 120 Indigenous Relations (Core Course)3
General Elective x 13

Term 2 (Second year)

Name of Course/Subject ***All electives at the 200 level # of credits
INST 200 Statistics for Indigenous Studies (Core Course) 3
ENG 210 Academic Writing and Research (Core Course) 3
INST 240 Indigenous Expressions (Core Course) 3
INST 250 Indigenous Ecology 3
Arts Electives x 39
Social Science Elective 3
Science Elective 3
General Elective 3