The Indigenous Justice Studies (IJS) program explores topics related to crime and deviance, the criminal justice system, and the rule of law. Courses critically examine the various responsibilities of key components of a justice system that strives to ensure the safety and protection of society. Students will look at the challenges Indigenous people face in the criminal justice system and how Indigenous cultural approaches to corrections, policing, and courts are helping to address the legacy of colonization. A great emphasis is placed upon the cultural values and beliefs of the Indigenous community and utilizes Indigenous adult educational teaching methodology, experimental learning, and practical application of academic knowledge. The IJS practicum placement allows students to gain experience working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies and organizations related to criminal and social justice.
The Indigenous Justice Studies Program is full-time, Monday to Friday, 9 to 12 and 1 to 2:30, with a 1-hour lunch break.
Graduates of the Indigenous Justice Studies program have entered the workforce in non-profit Indigenous services agencies, Indigenous Justice agencies, or Federal and Provincial agencies. A few of these career opportunities are listed below:
scholarships are available to Indigenous Peoples, Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies and organizations that relate to criminal and social justice.
Indigenous Justice graduates may further their post-secondary studies through block credit transfer agreements with our academic partners.
Fore more information about course transfer please visit the BC transfer guide below
Upon completion of the Indigenous Justice Studies Certificate, the learner will have an understanding and appreciation:
Name of Course/Subject # of Hours
CRIM 100 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 63 hours
CRIM 150 Introduction to Criminology 63 hours
ENGL 110 Introduction to College Writing 63 hours
CMNS 125 Interpersonal Communications 63 hours
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 63 hours
FNST 110 First Nations Studies 63 hours
CRIM 160 The Canadian Legal System 63 hours
CRIM 170 Introduction to Corrections 63 hours
CRIM 180 Sociological Approaches to Crime 63 hours
CRIM 145 Employment Preparation 63 hours
CRIM 120 Introduction to Policing 63 hours
CRIM 155 IJS Practicum 175 hours
When I first moving to Vancouver in 2007 I heard about NEC.
What attracted me to the college was the Indigenous perspective on learning, and what I like most is the sense of community. It’s such a beautiful place to learn and reconnect with culture.
NEC is important to me because it creates leaders who embody the intergenerational strength that has been passed down from our ancestors.