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First Nations and Indigenous Studies

First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) at the University of British Columbia is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program offering courses and a major and minor to students in the Faculty of Arts.

A degree in FNIS prepares students for careers and advanced study in which collaboration with indigenous communities plays an important role. In the program, students learn about Indigenous history, arts and culture, systems of knowledge, political theory and activism, and strategize approaches to contemporary issues.

The program works to develop critical perspectives, theoretical frameworks, and practical skills that will support work and research with communities and Aboriginal organizations. This is exemplified through our 400-level Research Practicum, where students negotiate, design, and implement independent research projects in collaboration with Aboriginal organizations.

UBC is located in a major urban centre with many Aboriginal communities and organizations
nearby, but it is also on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. FNIS is committed to relationships with Musqueam and other Aboriginal communities, and each year we initiate and participate in projects and events that bring students, elders, leaders, scholars and other community members together to share knowledge and experiences.