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||Diploma in Indigenous Studies
Students in the two-year Indigenous Studies (IST) diploma program develop the knowledge and skills that prepare them for their roles as leaders in their communities. They engage in cultural, academic, and applied learning experiences in applied, land-based, and classroom contexts. Students learn to walk with dignity, taking care of and being responsible to one another, and develop their voice and identities. They have opportunities to strengthen their life skills through learning about self-control, strengthening their identity, self-awareness, self-worth, and relationship building. There are opportunities for reciprocity and generosity between students in varying phases of their learning, and students become mentors to one another.
The teachings that IST students receive about developing and honouring their relationship with land strengthens the connections between cultural knowledge and Indigenous environmental practices. Students develop a sense of individual and collective responsibility towards the land.
Students develop strong academic writing skills, presentation skills, and oral tradition skills that enable them to communicate successfully with the world around them.
Students learn about connecting and giving back to community by taking on various contributory roles including project leadership. Students are positively influenced by Elders who model and instill values such as work ethic, timeliness, and a commitment to success in one’s studies.
Technology provides opportunities to share cultural and academic knowledge amongst students, faculty, community, and others in the college.
The program faculty collaborate with community to ensure that students learn what is important to prepare them for work in their communities or to continue with post-secondary education.
Opportunities for Academic Advancement
Students will continue on with their education in areas such as anthropology, education, Indigenous studies, law, political science, social work, and other academic disciplines.
Block transfer for students to enter 3rd year at Vancouver Island University First Nations Studies, BA program.