UVic continues to build on our commitment to Canada's Indigenous peoples, and we strive to offer relevant programs that address the needs and interests of our Indigenous students. Many of UVic's faculties offer undergraduate programs that have Indigenous content or focus. Graduate programs in Indigenous Governance are also available.
UVic's law program leads Canadian law schools in developing expertise on Indigenous law, establishing a unique program for Indigenous students and adopting an Indigenous equity plan. The faculty has separate admissions criteria for Indigenous applicants.
The faculty has embarked on major initiatives to provide opportunities for Indigenous students to become teachers. These initiatives include:
The faculty offers a certificate program that is designed for mature students of First Nations ancestry who wish to develop specialized skills in creative writing and/or visual arts in a First Nations Context:
This program is offered in cooperation with the En-owkin International School of Writing and Visual Arts in Penticton, BC, where students complete their course requirements.
Indigenous Governance offers a Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance and a Doctorate of Philosophy by Special Arrangement.
School of Nursing
There is a growing need for Indigenous nurses in Canada and internationally. UVic's School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing for registered nurses and for students continuing from other institutions. In Victoria, students begin their studies at Camosun College then complete years three and four at UVic. Camosun College has eight seats designated for Indigenous applicants each year.
School of Public Administration
In partnership with the Indigenous Governance Program, the School of Public Administration offers a:
The program provides students with a background in Indigenous governance and leadership issues.
School of Social Work
The School of Social Work offers two Bachelor of Social Work specializations with an Indigenous focus:
These faculties offer several programs related to Indigenous learning:
This interdisciplinary program instructs both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing:
The Department of Linguistics and the Division of Continuing Studies offer this program. Students complete part of the program at UVic and part of the program at the En'owkin Centre in Penticton. The program encourages participants to relate their learning to practical issues of language loss and recovery within their communities.