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
  • OR
  • 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. Certificate Requirements
  • 2 required courses*
  • 4 electives
  • 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: Required Courses: 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
  • Recruitment Specialist/Manager
  • Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Affairs, Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Senior Representative Community and Aboriginal Affairs
  • Staff Coordinator
  • 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.


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    • Institution: Ryerson University
    • Program type: Certificat
    • Language: English
    • Course Code: 0
    • Attendance: à temps partiel
    • Delivery: En ligne en tout temps

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