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Indigenous focused programs

Continuing Studies at UVic is committed to supporting the needs and perspectives of Indigenous learners and communities by offering accessible and culturally appropriate learning opportunities. Read more in our Indigenous commitment

Current programs

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Indigenous Language Revitalization

The Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR) provides you with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills for local language revitalization initiatives. You will participate in hands-on learning opportunities that are rooted in traditional knowledge and practices.

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Indigenous Language Documentation

Documentation plays a key role in language reclamation. This new micro-credential will give you skills in audio/video recording and editing, working with archival materials, creating resources, and best practices for collecting and safeguarding Elders’ voices and cultural knowledge.

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Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts

The Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts (FIFA) certificate is offered through a long-standing partnership with the En’owkin Centre, an Indigenous post-secondary institution in Penticton, BC. This unique program was created to develop and nurture Indigenous writers and artists through the two main focuses of creative writing and visual art. Through these Indigenous-led courses at the En’owkin Centre, you can gain credit that can then be applied to a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UVic.

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Indigenous Cultural Stewardship

This new online learning opportunity will allow professionals to critically engage with decolonial practices, and to advance Indigenous knowledge within their organizations. Develop an understanding of the historical relationship between the museum/heritage sector and Indigenous communities. Gain the foundational knowledge and skills to support the preservation and stewardship of tangible and intangible Indigenous culture and heritage.

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Intellectual and Cultural Property Law

Shape the future of intellectual property and Indigenous cultural protection. Gain a deeper understanding of intellectual property laws, not only federally and provincially but with a focus on Indigenous intellectual property laws, customs and traditions. If you want to enrich your legal expertise, this professional development program is the first of its kind to offer a specialized, intersecting approach combining Canadian intellectual property laws with the recognition and protection of Indigenous laws and culture.

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Programs coming soon

Shxun’utun Sul’hween - Footprints of the Ancestors: Pathways to Reconciliation

This program is an Elders and youth gathering for everyone involved in education, health care and public service. Participants will engage in cultural activities offered by Elders from the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation in cooperation with respected Elders and Knowledge Keepers from neighbouring Coast Salish nations. View program