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Certificate in
Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences

This certificate provides a broad orientation to Aboriginal experiences in Canada and how Aboriginal peoples have been impacted by laws, policies, and practices in the health, social services, human resources, and other sectors. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, regardless of their academic or professional background, have the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal lived experiences through curriculum from Aboriginal perspectives taught by Aboriginal scholars and experienced community teachers.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, including a credit in English with a minimum grade of 70 percent; or equivalent; or mature student status.

Individuals who do not meet the above stated admission criteria may seek advice and assistance from the Transitions to Certificate Program with Spanning the Gaps or from Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses*

CINT 922   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Intro to Aboriginal Worldviews
CINT 923   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Canada's Story: An Aboriginal Perspective

Electives (select four)

CCLD 450   Early Childhood Studies:  Indigenous Early Learning
CCYC 905   Child and Youth Care:  An Indigenous Perspective on CYC
CENG 203   English Literature:  The Literature of Native Peoples
CENG 511   English Literature:  The Art of Writing Life
CFNY 510   Food Security:  Indigenous Food Systems in Canada
CINT 910   Interdisciplinary Studies:  First Nations Issues
CMWF 108   Midwifery:  Aboriginal Childbearing
CNPF 574   Media Studies:  Aboriginal Visual Culture in Canada
CPPA 124   Politics and Public Administration:  Indigenous Politics and Governance
CSWP 925   Social Work:  Strong Helpers' Teachings
CSWP 933   Social Work:  Indigenous Health and Well Being
CVSW 932   Social Work:  Aboriginal Knowledges in Practice

*Note: Undergraduate students who have completed SWP 435 may apply for a course substitution towards CINT 922. Students who complete INT 922/CINT 922 may not apply for a course substitution towards SWP 435.