Certificate in Indigenous Studies

The certificate in Indigenous studies is designed for those interested in learning about the history, cultures, languages, beliefs, and experiences of Indigenous peoples. The objective of the program is to provide foundational knowledge for understanding historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples – from the origins of first peoples and their complex histories over the succeeding millennia, to present movements and the growing desire for reconciliation between governments and Indigenous societies.

The area of Indigenous studies is an increasingly important field in Canada, and the world. This program will benefit a wide variety of learners, including current and prospective university students, and individuals interested in a career in the public, not-for-profit, and non-governmental sectors.

The certificate in Indigenous studies is administered by the Department of Archaeology. 

Sample courses

ARCH 1005 - Critical Reading and Writing in Indigenous Studies
LWSO 3014 - Indigenous and Government Relations in Newfoundland and Labrador
POSC 3830 - Indigenous Governance in Canada


Program Information

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



21 credit hours (7 courses)

Supplementary Application:


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