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Associate of Arts Degree - First Nations Specialization


The First Nations Studies Specialization provides all students with the opportunity to learn about the people upon whose territory they reside, to learn about First Nations people from their voices, perspectives and worldviews, while gaining an understanding of the diversity amongst First Nations peoples' cultures, values, beliefs, traditions, protocols, history, languages, and relationship with the land. 

New and exciting First Nations Studies courses include:

  • Ethnobotany: Plants & First Peoples
  • Introduction to First Nations Studies
  • Aboriginal Language Preservation and Revitalization
  • First Nations Community Research
  • First Nations Education
  • First Nations Health

​​Other courses include an overall First Nations focus or a portion dedicated to First Nations issues and/or themes.

Program Outline 

This specialization program allows students to focus on First Nations Studies while still receiving the benefits of an Associate Degree. This program has been designed to facilitate maximum transferability to a full Degree program or to conclude after two years at NWCC.

Subject Course Title Credits


ENGL 151

Introduction to Composition

Technical Writing I



ENGL 152

Introduction to Literature

Advanced Technical Writing II

Any Math/Computer Science/Stats course Student Choice 3
FNST 110 Ethnobotany: Plants & First Peoples 3
Any Science course Student Choice 3
ANTH 111 First Nations of Canada 3
ANTH 112 First Nations of British Columbia 3
FNST 120 Aboriginal Languages - Preservation & Revitalization 3



Any 1st year Aboriginal Language course

History of Native People of Canada

Northwest Coast Art Museum and Gallery Studies

Any 1st year Aboriginal Language course


FNST 101

Introduction to First Nations Studies 3

FNST 200

Aboriginal Community Research 3

FNST 210

Aboriginal Health: Community Wellness & Healing 3
Any 1st year Arts course Category 2 3
Any 2nd year Arts course Category 2 3
Any 1st year Arts course Category 2 OR 3 3
Any 2nd year Arts course Category 2 OR 3 3
Any Arts course Student Choice 3
Any 1st year Arts OR Science course Category 2 3
Any 2nd year Arts OR Science course Category 2 OR 3 3
Any Arts OR Science course Student Choice 3
  Total Credits: 60

Existing NWCC courses with First Nations Content - Category 2 and 3.  The courses listed in Category 2 and 3 are not an exhaustive list of courses with First Nations content and may include other university credit courses.

Career Opportunities 

First Nations students receive credentials and/or qualifications to work in their communities (administrative, research or supervisory positions). All students acquire the tools to carry out honourable and useful research with First Nations communities because they learn and understand the importance of knowing the community they are working with (e.g. background, history, cultural protocols).

For those wanting to complete university degrees, an Associate's Degree in First Nations Studies can ladder into other degree programs, such as a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, or a Bachelor of Education.

Admission Requirements 
  1. Apply direct to the University Credit Program.
  2. Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent.
  3. Once admitted, register in the courses required for this specialization.

English proficiency is required for all students entering NWCC programs.  Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. 

Need help with the application process?  Contact an Educational Advisor.

Dates and Locations 

Intakes:  September and January.

Campus locations:  Terrace and Prince Rupert.

Study on a full or part-time basis.  Some courses are available online and by teleconference.

Note: not all courses are offered at every campus. Speak with an Educational Advisor for assistance with course selection.

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