Academic Programs

Business and Public Administration

Department of Indigenous Science, the Environment and Economic Development (DISEED), Dr. Bettina Schneider (Department Head)

The School of Business and Public Administration (SOBPA) emphasizes a unique First Nations perspective in the fields of business management and public administration. Along with developing the skills necessary to work within the public and private sectors, the faculty ensures students have the most appropriate skills and experience to thrive in a world filled with ever-growing diversity.

The curriculum offers a balance between theory, conceptual thinking and practical technical knowledge. Indigenous content is incorporated into each of SOBPA’s programs.

The Regina Campus is the home of the SOBPA programs but classes are also offered at the Prince Albert Campus (both face-to-face and by videoconference). Students can pursue either full-time or part-time opportunities in the following programs:

  • Certificate in Administration—Level I & Level II
  • Certificate in Administration (Managing Indigenous Organizations)
  • Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming Entertainment Management
  • Diploma of Administration
  • Bachelor of Administration (BAdmin)

The Bachelor of Administration degree offers students the option of specializing in several core concentration areas. Within the degree, students have the option to specialize (Major) in:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Each area of specialization has been carefully designed in order to ensure the highest standard of quality and relevance.

Careers Include:

Accounting

Entrepreneurship

Marketing

Human Resources

Public Relations

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus
  • Prince Albert Campus

Faculty:

Jo-Anne Goodpipe, MHRD

Bob Kayseas, PhD

Richard Missens, MBA

Bettina Schneider, PhD

English

Department of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures (DILAC), Dr. Arok Wolvengrey (Department Head)

FNUniv’s English program offers University of Regina, Department of English approved introductory courses, including pre-ENGL 100 courses, on all three campuses, as well as upper-level courses at the Regina campus. Faculty and sessional lecturers ensure students gain excellent writing and communication skills that can be used to both further their study of First Nations and non-First Nations literatures, and generally enhance their academic success at the First Nations University of Canada.

The introductory English courses taught on all three campuses, face-to-face or by video conferencing, contain a strong First Nations component.

FNUniv students can earn a BA Major in English, or a BA Honours Major in English. Students who are interested in writing creative work such as poetry, fiction, or drama can take a Concentration in Creative Writing within the BA English programs. If a student is majoring in another discipline but would like to take a number of English courses, they can consider taking a Minor in English.

Careers Include:

  • Professional Writer/Editor
  • Corporate Communications
  • Public Relations

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus
  • Saskatoon Campus
  • Prince Albert Campus

Faculty:

Jesse Archibald-Barber, PhD

Lynn Wells, PhD

Environmental Health and Science

Department of Indigenous Science, the Environment and Economic Development (DISEED), Dr. Bettina Schneider (Department Head)

FNUniv’s Department of Science, in partnership with the U of R Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Environmental Health and Science. The Environmental Health and Science Program emphasizes First Nations traditions and culture while providing students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary leadership skills and knowledge needed to address the problems in the areas of environmental health and science.

Throughout the classroom setting and beyond, the development and delivery are based on the following principles:

  • Professional development occurs through practical hands-on experience
  • A teaching and learning model which fosters creativity within students
  • Acceptance, promotion, and incorporation of First Nations philosophies
  • Traditional knowledge, beliefs, and viewpoints
  • Community development
  • Marketable skills and a foundation for life-long learning which enhance personal relevance as well as self-worth

The Environmental Health and Science Program is a 120-credit hour program leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science.

The program’s objectives are to:

  • Assist in meeting the educational and employment needs of First Nations communities
  • Provide a core of science, engineering, and public health courses
  • Students develop various skills including analytical and problem-solving skills, administrative skills, policy formulation skills, and leadership, administrative, and public relations abilities

The Environmental Health and Science program is accredited through the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). This ensures that the graduates, who have completed a CIPHI approved practicum, will meet the criteria for eligibility to take the examination to obtain the Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada). This certificate of qualification is intended to satisfy the requirement of the municipalities. A substantial number of courses are available online, allowing students to study in the comfort of their homes.

Careers Include:

  • Environmental Health Officer (EHO)
  • Public Health Inspector (PHI)
  • Water and Wastewater Management

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus (full program)
  • Partial Program (most of first three years) available at Prince Albert Campus

Faculty:

Carmen Buschow, CPHI (C)

Leanne Stricker, CPHI (C)

IATEC (Indigenous Access and Transition Education Certificate)

​The Indigenous Access and Transition Education Certificate, or IATEC as it is commonly referred to, is an eight-month program offered at FNUniv’s Northern Campus in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The program will prepare you for post-secondary success by building on your current skills and abilities with strong student support while you earn transferable university credits.

The program is ideal for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, as well as mature students, who would benefit from enhanced student support such as:

  • learning with the same student cohort over an eight-month period;
  • learning in a family-like setting, with small classes; and
  • valuable First Nations teachings and perspectives for personal and emotional growth leading to continued university success.

The IATEC program runs from September 2015 - April 2016 and offers a slate of classes to acquaint you with the post-secondary experience and prepare you for continued success! Learn more about these courses and how to apply here.

Indian Communication Arts

Department of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures (DILAC), Dr. Arok Wolvengrey (Department Head)

Known as INCA, Indian Communication Arts specializes in journalism and public relations. The program is focused on an introduction to the field of media. Students studying Indian Communication Arts will have the opportunity to improve their interpersonal skills, public speaking skills, and learn about other disciplines and cultures in an exciting hands-on atmosphere.

To qualify for admission to INCA, students must be eligible for admission to the First Nations University of Canada/University of Regina. Proficiency in English is a requirement along with basic computer skills. Students have chosen this program because:

  • It allows them to tell stories
  • It improves on their professional skills
  • It helps them become a public voice for their people
  • There is a great demand for First Nations and Métis people in media organizations

Alumni have gone on to work with with major broadcast and print media such as APTN, CBC, Global, CTV, Rawlco Radio, Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation, Eagle Feather News, and Regina Leader-Post.

INCA offers a two-year certificate program that prepares students to work in the communications industry, including Aboriginal and mainstream media (print, broadcast, and web), and public relations. The two-year certificate is a 72-credit-hour program (24 classes). Beyond journalism classes, the INCA program requires courses in Indian history and politics, oral traditions, community-based research, business management, traditional and contemporary communication systems, languages, and art.

Careers Include:

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Business and Technology

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus

Faculty:

Shannon Avison, MA

Indian Fine Arts and Indian Art History

Department of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures (DILAC), Dr. Arok Wolvengrey (Department Head)

The Indian Fine Arts program draws upon the artistic heritage of thousands of years of First Nations and Inuit history. Its focus is on Indigenous contemporary and traditional art. The Indian Fine Arts program offers courses of study leading to the degrees of:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Indian Art, 4-years)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Indian Art, 4-years)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Indian Art History, 4-years)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Special 3-year, in combination with Bachelor of Education)

Students who wish to complete a four-year program should consult with the department head or Indian Fine Arts coordinator. Beyond art, students improve their skills in communication through writing, analytical thinking in the social and natural sciences, analytical thinking in culture and society, and research skills and methodologies.

The Indian Fine Arts program is based around a strong Indigenous cultural component. The faculty have expertise in traditional First Nations art, as well as contemporary aesthetics. The department houses a two-dimensional teaching room, a three-dimensional teaching room, and a traditional teaching room.

Throughout this program, students will submit samples of their work to the faculty for the purpose of review and evaluation. Also, with an in-house art studio and art gallery, students have the opportunity to display their art for numerous audiences to view.

Careers Include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Exhibition Design
  • Museum or Gallery Professional

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus

Faculty:

Judy Anderson, MFA

Lionel Peyachew, MFA

Indigenous Education

Department of Indigenous Education, Health and Social Work (DIEHSW), Mr. Anthony de Padua (Department Head)

Become a teacher or work in the field of education and learn in both non-First Nations and First Nations classrooms and communities with a special emphasis on the development of First Nations content and processes.

The First Nations University of Canada’s Department of Indigenous Education program promotes the development and nurturing of quality teachers. Within the four years of obtaining your degree, program options are:

  • Bachelor of Education – Elementary (Indigenous Education)
  • Bachelor of Education – After Degree Program (BEAD) – Elementary (Indigenous Education)
  • Bachelor of Education – Secondary (Indigenous Education)
  • Bachelor of Education After Degree (BEAD) – Secondary (Indigenous Education)
  • Bachelor of Education After Degree (BEAD) – Secondary (Visual Arts Major)
  • Bachelor of Education – Secondary (Major - Indigenous Studies/Minor – First Nations Languages, Indigenous Studies)
  • Bachelor of (Indigenous) Education Elementary Degree Program — Cree Immersion
  • Bachelor of (Indigenous) Education After Degree, Elementary Program — Cree Immersion
  • Certificate of Extended Studies – Aboriginal Education
  • Certificate of Extended Studies – First Nations Languages
  • First Nations Language Instructors’ Certificate

Our mission and guiding principle is to focus of all our efforts on supporting students as they join our learning community. Our goal is to produce teachers who can promote First Nations control of First Nations education by developing and implementing First Nations content. We develop teachers who are skillful, knowledgeable, and able to work within the framework of the Saskatchewan Core Curriculum.

While the emphasis of the program is on Language Arts, specializations may be pursued in:

  • Indigenous Languages (Cree, Dakota, Dene, Lakota, Saulteaux)
  • First Nations Language Instructors’ Certificate
  • Indian Fine Arts
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Indigenous Health Studies
  • Any Core Curriculum areas (Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education)

Holistic cultural components are integrated throughout the program with a specific off-campus cultural component offered in the second year of the program. This program provides the highest amount of time teaching within classrooms, starting in the first semester to ensure experience is strong when the degree is completed.

Careers Include:

  • School Administrator
  • Educator/Teacher
  • Teaching Adults or ESL

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Prince Albert Campus (Elementary)
  • Saskatoon Campus (First Nations Language Instructors’ Certificate – location varies)
  • Off-Campus (Community-based Elementary program)

Faculty:

Linda Goulet, PhD

Kathleen O’Reilly, PhD

Ida Swan, MEd

Angelina Weenie, PhD

Indigenous Health Practice

Department of Indigenous Education Health and Social Work (DIEHSW), Mr. Anthony de Padua (Department Head)

The First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies offer a Certificate in Indigenous Health Practice (CIHP) to assist students and graduates of health studies and professional health degrees gain the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best care to Indigenous patients. Students will also learn how to support policies and programs that improve the health of Indigenous individuals, families and communities.

Students in this 18-credit hour certificate will examine the health issues that shape the health of Indigenous communities today. These include pre-contact, contact, assimilation, colonization, racism, cultural safety, chronic and infectious diseases, addictions, violence and abuse, environmental health issues, policy and program issues and health transfer issues. The certificate is designed to easily fit into the electives of an existing degree program. Students can also complete the CIHP separately or after graduation with ease.

The program is available to students through a combination of face-to-face and online options courses at FNUniv’s Regina or Prince Albert Campuses.

Careers Include:

  • Government or Community Health Services
  • Health Promotion
  • Policy Development

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus

Faculty:

Carrie Bourassa, PhD

Indigenous Health Studies

Department of Indigenous Education, Health and Social Work (DIEHSW), Mr. Anthony de Padua (Department Head)

The Bachelor of Indigenous Health Studies is delivered by the First Nations University of Canada in partnership with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Faculty of Arts at the University of Regina.

The goal of this degree is to provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of health and the ways in which social, economic and cultural determinants of health shape individual beliefs, attitudes, experiences, and practices; it includes a consideration of holistic well-being in the domains of mental, emotional, spiritual, physiological and biological functioning of individuals, families and communities.

The degree draws on both the social sciences and the natural sciences to promote critical thinking, knowledge development, evidence-based practice and community-based applications, towards the increased health of all Canadians. A key feature of this degree is an emphasis on understanding basic Indigenous health needs as a foundation for addressing inequities in health. The concentration in Health and Well-being supports a more in-depth focus on Indigenous health, for those interested in working with Indigenous people.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Indigenous Health Studies are currently working in the health field within government or community health services in the areas of management, policy development, health promotion, knowledge translation and programming, or are pursuing advanced education in related fields such as medicine, counselling, social work, public health or education.

Careers Include:

  • Government or Community Health Services
  • Health Promotion
  • Policy Development

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus
  • Prince Albert Campus

Faculty:

Carrie Bourassa, PhD

Anthony de Padua, MSc

Brenda Green, MSc

Tania Kristoff, MN

Carrie Lavallie, MHSt

Indigenous Language, Literature, and Linguistics

Department of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures (DILAC), Dr. Arok Wolvengrey (Department Head)

The study of language is central to FNUniv’s distinct Indigenous identity. Our programs offer students a unique opportunity to combine the study of Indigenous languages with that of the Linguistics or Indigenous Education programs. Students can pursue the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts and Honours in Cree, Saulteaux, and/or Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts (another program) with a Minor in Language or Linguistics
  • Minor within Arts or Education for any of the five languages (Cree, Dakota, Dene, Nakota and Saulteaux)
  • First Nations Language Instructors’ Certificate (FNLIC) for the five languages
  • Certificate of Extended Studies in First Nations Languages (post B.Ed. program)
  • Masters of Arts with specialization in Indigenous Languages/Linguistics

Language courses explore conversational fluency, structure, writing systems, literatures, principles of translation, and oral traditions. Linguistics provides the tools to study and talk about language as part of a comprehensive program designed to assist students in following their passion.

Our programs aim to instill in students a sense of pride in the knowledge and use of Indigenous languages. Introductory courses include language lab activities. Some courses are also available for online delivery.

This is a good choice if you are interested in:

  • Helping to identify and get a sense of belonging within First Nations culture
  • Obtaining a minor in language to complement your Education degree
  • Obtaining a degree in language study and linguistics
  • Working towards a Masters degree in Speech Pathology (helping children and teachers in your home communities)

Careers Include:

  • Language Instructor/ Teacher
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Speech Pathologist

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus
  • First Nations Language Instructors’ Certificate is also available at Saskatoon Campus and select off-campus locations

Faculty:

Cree Language Faculty

Doreen Oakes, BEd

Solomon Ratt, MA

Saulteaux Language Faculty

Lynn Cote, MA

Linguistics Faculty

Vincent Collette, PhD (Algonquian Languages)

Olga Lovick, PhD (Athabascan Languages)

Jan van Eijk, PhD (Salish Languages)

Arok Wolvengrey, PhD (Algonquian Languages)

Indigenous Social Work

Department of Indigenous Education Health and Social Work (DIEHSW), Mr. Anthony de Padua (Department Head)

The Indigenous Social Work programs are nationally accredited so we have become the School of Indigenous Social Work (SISW). Our certificate and degree programs prepare you to enter the field of human service as social workers across Canada with a special emphasis on working with First Nation individuals, families, groups, and communities. The Indigenous Social Work program is available on all three campuses.

The programs that SISW offer are:

  • Certificate of Indigenous Social Work (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work (4 years)
  • Master of Indigenous Social Work

The mission of the School of Indigenous Social Work is to provide social work knowledge and develop skills founded upon First Nations culture, values and philosophy in order to work effectively in all settings. The main focus is to enhance the strengths of First Nations individuals, families, groups and communities, supporting self-determination.

First Nations spirituality, philosophies, ideology, knowledge and methodologies are the foundation of the School of Indigenous Social Work. It is our communal belief in First Nations self-determination and our respect for the strengths of First Nations cultures, that maintain our commitment to ensuring that we, as faculty, administration and support staff, continue to develop, research, share and fully honour this foundation.

Careers Include:

  • Child and Family Services
  • School Counsellor
  • Adoption Worker
  • Parole Officer

Program Available At:

  • Prince Albert Campus
  • Regina Campus
  • Saskatoon Campus

Faculty:

Sharon Acoose, PhD

Jason Albert, MASW

Joan Sanderson, PhD

Tara Turner, PhD

Indigenous Studies

Department of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures (DILAC), Dr. Arok Wolvengrey (Department Head)

The Indigenous Studies program offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Honours, which provide the Social Science core for most degree and certificate programs offered by the First Nations University of Canada. The program fosters research and the intellectual study of Indigenous peoples and their cultures - with an emphasis on Saskatchewan first, followed by Canada, North America, the western hemisphere and the world. Efforts are explicitly meant to complement, not replace, the knowledge and traditional teachings of Elders. A Minor in Indigenous Studies is also available.

With courses that can be taken face-to-face or by videoconferencing at any of the three campuses, and/or online, Indigenous Studies will prepare students to compete for all career options open to other university Arts graduates. Students can apply for second degree programs in faculties such as Law, Administration, Education, Fine Arts, Science and Social Work, or pursue honours and graduate studies in the Social Sciences or Humanities.

Indigenous Studies majors develop skills that are applicable to a wide variety of careers. These skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analysis and critical-thinking skills
  • In-depth knowledge of Indigenous affairs
  • Expertise in cultural diversity and minority perspectives
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Broad understanding of cross-cultural and diversity issues

Careers Include:

  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Diversity Coordinator
  • Family Services Specialist
  • School Counsellor

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus
  • Prince Albert Campus
  • Saskatoon Campus

Faculty:

Del C. Anaquod, MEd

Willie Ermine, MEd

Lesley McBain, PhD

Miriam McNab, MA

Andrew Miller, PhD

A. Blair Stonechild, PhD

Resource and Environmental Studies

Department of Indigenous Science, the Environment and Economic Development (DISEED), Dr. Bettina Schneider (Department Head)

The Bachelor of Arts in Resource and Environmental Studies (BARES) is a joint program with Saskatchewan Polytechnic Woodland Campus (Prince Albert) and First Nations University of Canada.

Completion of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Resource and Environmental Law Diploma, which streams graduates into the field of conservation and environmental law enforcement, is required for admission. Students will be granted 60 credit hours of block transfer credit for completion of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma with the remaining 60 credit hours to be completed at First Nations University of Canada, Regina Campus. Students may elect to complete some of the first 30 credit hours at First Nations University of Canada, Prince Albert Campus.

BARES provides opportunities for First Nations and non-First Nations students whose goals for the future include participation in the successful management of natural resources in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Students will have an opportunity to learn foundational Indigenous concepts and perspectives in the context of environment, conservation and natural resource issues.

Careers Include:

  • Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Law Enforcement
  • Natural Resource Management

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus
  • Prince Albert Campus

Faculty:

Jody Bellegarde, BSc

Fidji Gendron, PhD

Science

DEPARTMENT OF INDIGENOUS SCIENCE, THE ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DISEED), Dr. Bettina Schneider (Department Head)

FNUniv promotes scholarly research, and teaching and learning activities that will directly and indirectly benefit Indigenous communities in this age of technological advancement and globalization. FNUniv science courses provide a balance between new findings and traditional knowledge. Labs for science courses taught at the Regina Campus take place in state-of-the-art chemistry and biology laboratories.

Students may use some of the courses taken through FNUniv to complete the University of Regina Bachelor of Science Degree as a FNUniv student.

Courses available at the First Nations University of Canada include:

  • BIOL 100: Introductory Biology I – From Cells to Organisms
  • BIOL 101: Introductory Biology II (also available online)
  • CHEM 104: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 140: Organic Chemistry I
  • CS 100: Introduction to Computers
  • MATH 101: Introductory Finite Mathematics
  • PHYS 109: General Physics I
  • PHYS 119: General Physics II
  • STAT 100: Elementary Statistics for Applications

Careers Include:

  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Physicist

Program Available At:

  • Regina Campus
  • Some courses available at Prince Albert Campus

Faculty:

Jody Bellegarde, BSc

Edward Doolittle, PhD

Fidji Gendron, PhD

Arzu Sardarli, PhD

Community Based Programs

Community Based Programs are offered in First Nations communities, which allows students to remain in their own communities while taking university programs. Programming is based on community needs and a program from our existing offerings is delivered on-site.

Currently, First Nations University of Canada has a Black Lake Denesuline Teacher Education program, IATEC (Indigenous Access and Transition Education Certificate) in Piapot First Nation, and the Bachelor of Indigenous Education program in partnership with Parkland College, Fort Qu’Appelle campus and a first year Arts & Science program in Onion Lake First Nation.

For more information on Community Based Programs contact:

Shane Keepness, Community Based Program Coordinator

Telephone: 306-790-5950 ext. 3105

Fax: 306-790-5985.

Email: Community Based Program Coordinator