Developing the skills of emerging writers and artists.

Are you curious about developing your skills in creative writing or visual arts in an Indigenous context? Explore this unique certificate program offered in partnership with the En’owkin International School of Writing and Fine Arts in Penticton, BC. This partnership offers courses that are accredited through the University of Victoria (UVic) within the learning environment of an Indigenous cultural community. The program promotes diverse Indigenous pedagogies while connecting learners to a larger fine arts network.

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Program description

The Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts (FIFA) certificate is offered by the UVic Faculty of Fine Arts and the Division of Continuing Studies, in partnership with the En'owkin Centre in Penticton, BC. The En'owkin Centre is a registered Private Post Secondary Institute and member of The Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) and is located on the traditional territory of the Syilx people. Students studying at the En’owkin Centre are immersed in a rich cultural community of learners from diverse Indigenous nations from across North America. They engage in academic studies supported by traditional practices such as seasonal feasts, ceremony and social gathering.

The FIFA certificate exists to develop Indigenous writers and artists, and continues the longstanding partnership between UVic and the En’owkin Centre. The program has two main focuses: 

  • Creative writing courses: With an emphasis on contemporary creative writing forms, Indigenous worldview is explored in traditional and contemporary oratory, storytelling and performance arts.
  • Visual arts courses: Visual expression is nurtured and developed in various disciplines, including painting, sculpture and installation art, by actively engaging students in projects, presentations and exhibits.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will receive a certificate in Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts, awarded jointly by the En'owkin Centre and UVic.

Who is this program for?

The FIFA program is designed for Indigenous students who wish to develop specialized skills in creative writing and/or visual arts in an Indigenous context. Students may complete the program on a full-time basis with part-time learning options available. Learners are encouraged to complete the 13.5 units of course work for certificate completion.

Many former En'owkin fine arts students have become professional artists, authors, actors and educators. 

Application information

How to apply

Admissions to the FIFA certificate program are coordinated through the En’owkin Centre's Academic Liaison.

As part of the admission process, students complete a UVic application form which must be forwarded to the UVic Undergraduate Admissions by the En’owkin Centre no later than Aug. 30 for entry into the Fall term (Sept-Dec), and no later than Nov. 30 for entry into the Spring term (Jan-April) each year.

To be admitted to the FIFA program, please contact the En’owkin Centre:

Suzanne Johnson MSc., Executive Manager- Academic Programs
En'owkin Centre
154 En’owkin Trail
Penticton, BC
V2A 0E1

250-493-7181 ext 202

Student Services:

Renee LeBleu, Student Services Support

250-493-7181 ext.223

Please note, learners will be admitted through the En’owkin Centre for the FIFA certificate program. Once learners have completed the FIFA certificate, learners who wish to continue their studies in any other UVic courses or programs will be connected with the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement and Faculty of Fine Arts at UVic via the En’owkin Centre. 

Application dates

Starting in
Jan. 2025 (Online)
Accepting Applications
Apply by
Nov. 30, 2024
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