Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences
Explore, analyze, and reflect on the experiences of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and their relationship with non-Aboriginal people. Develop an understanding of these relationships by learning about Aboriginal history, governance, literature, community relations, health, well-being, and land use. There are increasing opportunities related to working with Aboriginal Peoples and communities in social services and the fields of education, health, fashion, business, and land use. Many employers are looking for knowledgeable individuals to work with Aboriginal Peoples in respectful and collaborative ways. This award-winning program addresses Ryerson University's commitment to increasing Aboriginal participation in post-secondary education. This goal is indicated in the Ontario Government's Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy as well as Ryerson's commitment to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. This program received the 2017 CAUCE Award for Credit Programming over 48 Hours. This award-winning program can be completed entirely online. Admission Criteria Recommended:
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits (including English)
With a minimum average of 70 percent
Mature student status
What Will You Learn?
Explore Aboriginal lived experiences through a curriculum from Aboriginal perspectives, taught by Aboriginal scholars and experienced community teachers.
Learn how to:
Build and apply your critical awareness of yourself in relation to Aboriginal Peoples, experiences, and worldviews.
Assess and understand the relationship between Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian government.
Synthesize and communicate how Aboriginal Peoples have been impacted by-laws, policies, and practices in the health, social services, human resources, and other sectors.
Execute projects within agencies and organizations
Who Should Take This Certificate?
The Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledge and Experiences is intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, professionals, and community members who seek knowledge about Aboriginal health and well-being, governance, literature, community relations, and land use in Canada.
You may be interested if you:
Work in social work, health sciences, education, policy, law, geography, or community leadership.
Work in fields and professional disciplines that engage with Aboriginal communities and agencies.
Want to obtain employment in occupations that address, or should address, Aboriginal concerns in public, private, and not-for-profit sector organizations.
Individuals without post-secondary education are invited to this university-level program to build their capacity and acquire support and confidence to achieve educational goals at the university level.
2 required courses*
Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+
*If you are an undergraduate student who has completed SWP 435, you may apply for a course substitution towards CINT 922. However, if you complete INT 922/CINT 922, you may not apply for a course substitution towards SWP 435.
Program Of Study:
CINT 922 Intro to Aboriginal Worldviews
CINT 923 Canada's Story: An Aboriginal Perspective
Electives (select 4)
CCLD 450 Indigenous Early Learning
CCYC 905 An Indigenous Perspective on CYC
CENG 203 The Literature of Indigenous Peoples
CENG 511 The Art of Writing Life
CFNY 510 Indigenous Food Systems in Canada
CINT 910 Aboriginal Peoples, Pol. and Reconciliation
CMWF 108 Aboriginal Childbearing
CNPF 574 Aboriginal Visual Culture in Canada
CPPA 124 Indigenous Politics and Governance
CSWP 925 Strong Helpers' Teachings
CSWP 933 Indigenous Health and Well Being
CVSW 932 Aboriginal Knowledges in Practice
Industry and Careers:
The Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledge and Experiences may help you get jobs or advance your career in:
Community workplaces and professional disciplines that engage with Aboriginal communities, agencies, and people.
Public or private sector roles in social work, health sciences, education, policy, law, geography, and community leadership.
Possible Job Titles
Aboriginal Cancer Care Coordinator, Health Services Field
Aboriginal Community Outreach Assistant
Aboriginal Education Advisor
Aboriginal Education Consultant
Aboriginal Health Liaison Nurse, Registered Nurse
Aboriginal Nursing Advisor
Aboriginal Outreach/Recruitment Officer
Aboriginal Support Facilitator
Community and Aboriginal Liaison
Director, Aboriginal Relations Branch, Government
Education and Awareness Facilitator
Employee Engagement Coordinator
Employee Relations Specialist
Inclusion and Diversity Advisor
Human Resources Assistant/Administrator
Human Resources Consultant
Official Language Coordinator, Aboriginal Language Programs
Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Affairs, Environmental Assessment Agency
Senior Representative Community and Aboriginal Affairs
Strong Voices Aboriginal Program Coordinator
Talent Acquisition Specialist/Manager
NOTE: Check with the institution regarding start/ end dates, prices, and delivery method. These may vary according to the program, section, and/or semester.
- Intro to Aboriginal Worldviews
- Canada's Story: An Aboriginal Perspective
- Indigenous Early Learning
- Indigenous Food Systems in Canada
- Aboriginal Peoples, Policy and Reconciliation
- Aboriginal Childbearing
- Aboriginal Visual Culture in Canada
- Strong Helpers' Teachings
- Aboriginal Knowledges in Practice
- The Art of Writing Life
- Indigenous Politics and Governance