First Nations and Indigenous Studies

First Nations and Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the Faculty of Arts, offering both the Major and Minor concentrations. It is open to all undergraduate students.

Students enroll in a set of core courses that focus on topics and approaches central to First Nations communities as well as select from a list of relevant courses in other departments.

Fourth-year First Nations and Indigenous Studies majors complete a six-credit research practicum in partnership with an Aboriginal organization. The practicum provides valuable experience in designing, negotiating, and implementing research projects that respond to community needs.

The program encourages students to consider double major or major-minor options that complement their other interests.

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The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have second-year standing.


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Jordan Wilson: Bringing Research Back to the Community

FNSP offers a research practicum in which students partner with a community and do research based on the community’s needs. Jordan worked with the Museum of Anthropology and his band, Musqueam, to research unpublished material housed in the Museum of Anthropology for the Musqueam Indian Band archives. For his research, Jordan interviewed anthropologist and UBC Professor Emeriti Michael Kew and as a result created a catalogue for Kew’s 1981 exhibit “Visions of Power, Symbols of Wealth.”

Helen Bell: Looking to the Past

Helen Bell came to UBC to pursue a bachelor’s degree, but will be walking away with much more than a piece of paper: learning to conduct research has opened the door to a wealth of knowledge -- and her own identity. “The research component at this institution is excellent,” says Bell. “The respect, integrity and recognition of the uniqueness of First Nations people has really stood out for me. It’s crucial for me that we’re doing research for and with First Nations people, not studying them like specimens under a [magnifying] glass.”

Jessica McIntyre: Lights, camera, beaver meat!

Jessica McIntyre is a student who completed a summer co-op placement with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) which took her to the Northwest Territories. McIntyre, a member of the Northwest B.C. coast Musgamaug Tsawataineuk First Nation, is one of a growing number of students at UBC choosing to extend their studies by a year for the chance to gain valuable work experience through co-op placements.

Erica Baker: Passion to Serve and Perspective to Succeed

Entering UBC in the BFA program, Erica Baker was set on visual arts. It wasn’t until she took first-year classes in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies that she began to reroute her academic journey. Erica discovered the First Nations Studies Program, which allows her to take an array of social sciences courses and learn about BC history. “Majoring in First Nation Studies and minoring in Visual Arts is a great way to balance two things I love,” said Erica.


First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program
Buchanan Building Block E
Room E266
1866 Main Mall
Tel: 604-822-2905

First Nations and Indigenous Studies Student Association