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Four Aboriginal-focused post-secondary programs in Canada

By Rosie Hales

Metro

Picking the right post-secondary program can be a difficult task: you need to choose something you enjoy that will also complement the career path you want to take.

Exploring the different options can be really exciting, especially when Canada has so many fantastic options for post-secondary education.

Here are a few programs at different institutions throughout Canada that offer programs with an Aboriginal focus for you to check out.

Alberta

Place: Keyano College

Program: Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

This program was designed to allow individuals working in the Aboriginal business industry to acquire business skills and knowledge without having to relocate to study.

Not only does the program foster success, but it promotes business in both the Aboriginal sector and non-Aboriginal sector. If you’ve got an Alberta high school diploma or the equivalent or you’re a mature student of 21 years or older, then you should definitely take the time to apply. Being an entrepreneur is a great way to be self-employed and exercise your own creativity by creating the job you want.

What can I do with this degree?

Become an entrepreneur. You’ll be able to create the job you want in the industry you want — sounds perfect, right? Becoming an entrepreneur will give you all the freedom you want and the chance to take responsibility for something of your own creation — a totally rewarding and exciting endeavour.

Nova Scotia

Place: Cape Breton University, cbu.ca

Program: Bachelor of Science Community Studies, Integrative Science

Not to be confused with integrated science, integrative science is the bringing together of scientific knowledges from the indigenous and Western worlds. This is known as Toqwa’tu’kl Kjijitaqnn in the Mi’kmaq language and as “Two-Eyed Seeing” in the words of Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall.

This program allows students to learn to see from the strengths of both indigenous and mainstream scientific knowledge and to use this knowledge to benefit others. Opportunities to learn don’t just come from the classroom in this program; soon you’ll be learning in labs, outdoors, community workshops and work placements.

What can I do with this degree?

•A career in health care (for example, medical careers such as a doctor, naturopath, dietitian)

•Scientific research

•A career in the Canadian government

Ontario

Place: Wilfrid Laurier University

Program: Master of Social Work in Aboriginal Field of Study

This is the first Master of Social Work program in Canada that is rooted in indigenous world views and combines this with current social work practice. Upon graduating from this program, you’ll have a greater understanding and respect for the traditions and histories of indigenous Canadians.

You’ll gain firsthand knowledge and experience through teachings from indigenous elders, being involved in a traditional circle process, as well as attending indigenous ceremonies.

What can I do with this degree?

• Social worker

•Journalism

•Outreach program developer

Yukon

Place: Yukon College Program: Native Language Instructor Certificate or Diploma

If you have command of a native language, then why not consider teaching it? You’ll get to work with children and young adults. This program involves practice sessions, group discussions and other activities to develop your teaching skills. Language is a key foundation of a culture, so teaching one is important for transmitting cultural knowledge to future generations.

What can I do with this degree?

•Teacher

•Translator or communicator

•Linguist

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