FAQ

1. Do I have to be Aboriginal to register in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

2. I am Aboriginal. What new information will I learn in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

3. Who should register in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

4. How do I apply to register for the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

5. Can I transfer courses from other universities and colleges and have them count toward the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

6. How long does it take to complete the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

7. How much time will I have to spend on course work each week?

8. Who will be teaching the courses in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

9. Is the academic coordinator for the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences an Aboriginal academic? What is the role of the academic coordinator?

10. I have not been enrolled in an academic program in several years. Will I be able to handle the workload?

11. Can I receive assistance with my writing skills to get them to a university level?

12. I have a disability. Will I be accommodated in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

13. Is there financial assistance available for the costs associated with the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

14. Should I register in the undergraduate section or the Chang School section?

15. Are any of the courses in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences offered through distance education?

16. I work during the day. Will the courses in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences be offered in the evenings?

17. Will I be able to access services at Ryerson University that are specifically for Aboriginal students while I am in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

­1. Do I have to be Aboriginal to register in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?
No. The Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences is designed for learners from all backgrounds to expand their awareness of themselves in relation to Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal experiences and worldviews, and the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian government. The audience for this certificate includes both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students and professionals who seek knowledge about Aboriginal governance, literature, community relations, health and well-being, and land use in Canada.

­2. I am Aboriginal. What new information will I learn in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?
The Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences is a multidisciplinary program that covers a diversity of areas such as art, literature, social work, midwifery, governance, and more. Please visit Certificate and Course Information to learn more about the certificate.

­3. Who should register in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?

  • Those who wish to move up the ladder of gainful employment in occupations that address, or should address, Aboriginal worldviews and experiences in public, private, and not-for-profit sector organizations who have already attained a post-secondary degree or other certificate, and aim to take further degree courses for personal and professional development;
  • those who do not have post-secondary education but who may wish to use the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences as a bridge to university-level studies; and
  • current Ryerson University students.

­4. How do I apply to register for the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?
You will find application instructions in the Registration in a Certificate Program section of the Chang School website.

­5. Can I transfer courses from other universities and colleges and have them count toward the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?
Yes. You can apply for transfer credits for courses taken at another university that are very similar to the courses in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences. However, you will be required to submit your course syllabus and transcript. If your application is successful, one or more transfer credits will be credited to electives.

For specific program and course information about the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences, contact Cyndy Baskin, academic coordinator, at cbaskin@ryerson.ca.

­6. How long does it take to complete the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?
Some learners will be able to complete the program in two years by taking one course each term. Others may finish it in only one year by taking more than one course each term. However, once you have registered in the certificate, you must complete it within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program.

­7. How much time will I have to spend on course work each week?
It is common to spend between six and eight hours per week for each course.

­8. Who will be teaching the courses in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?
The instructors for the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences will include Aboriginal scholars and experienced community teachers.

The curriculum will be developed and taught by Aboriginal scholars and experienced community teachers who reflect the Aboriginal lived experience. See Our Instructors for more information.

­9. Is the academic coordinator for the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences an Aboriginal academic? What is the role of the academic coordinator?
Yes, the academic coordinator for the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences is Dr. Cyndy Baskin, an Aboriginal academic.

The role of the academic coordinator is to assist students in advising them in determining if this certificate will meet their learning needs while also linking students to the resources needed to support their success.

­10. I have not been enrolled in an academic program in several years. Will I be able to handle the workload?
Many of our learners have not been in an academic program in the past five years, and some have recently returned to school after several more years. We cannot guarantee you will succeed in the program, but our instructors recognize that different students need varying levels of assistance to make the transition back to university-level study. If you have not been in university before, or are returning after a long absence, you may consider taking preparation courses to prepare yourself for the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences courses. Speak to the academic coordinator for further information.

­11. Can I receive assistance with my writing skills to get them to a university level?
Like most university-level programs, the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences assumes that students have the communication skills (written and verbal) necessary to complete term papers and other assignments. If you need assistance in this area, please contact the Writing Centre or, if you are an Aboriginal learner, you may contact Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS).

­12. I have a disability. Will I be accommodated in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?
Yes. However, accommodations are often highly individualized. You are encouraged to contact Ryerson University’s Access Centre as soon as possible to arrange the specific accommodations you may require. If you are an Aboriginal learner, you may also contact RASS to assist you with contacting the Access Centre.

­13. Is there financial assistance available for the costs associated with the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?
Yes. Please visit Financial Aid for more information.

­14. Should I register in the undergraduate section or the Chang School section?
(Note that Chang School sections start with a ‘C’ e.g., CINT 923)
Students are academically and financially responsible for all course enrolments and fees incurred and are advised of the importance of ensuring their course enrolment is consistent with their program, academic goals, and government student loan eligibility.

Students who wish to count a course for credit towards their Chang School certificate graduation requirements must enrol in the appropriate Chang School course section (for example, CINT 123, which is distinct from INT 123), in order to ensure certificate program residency requirements.

Additionally, enrolment in either a Chang School course section or undergraduate course section may have government student loans eligibility implications (i.e., course load requirements).

Inquiries related to Chang School certificate registration and graduation requirements may be directed to Student Records, at sr.support@ryerson.ca.

Inquires related to eligibility for government student loans (course load requirements for certificate program and undergraduate programs) may be directed to the Student Financial Assistance Office, at finaid@ryerson.ca.

­15. Are any of the courses in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences offered through distance education?
Not at this time. All courses are face-to-face, in class. However, it is possible that this will change in the future, depending on the needs of learners and the resources of The Chang School.

­16. I work during the day. Will the courses in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences be offered in the evenings?
Yes. Typically, courses through The Chang School are offered in the evenings and through intensive formats (e.g., for one week, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

­17. Will I be able to access services at Ryerson University that are specifically for Aboriginal students while I am in the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences?
Yes. RASS has a variety of services for Aboriginal learners, from academic support to social events to access to a traditional counselor. Some events are open to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners. Please see RASS for further information.