6 Aboriginal-Focused Post-Secondary Programs Across Canada


Picking the right post-secondary program can be a difficult task: you need to pick something you enjoy that will also complement the career path you want to take.

Exploring the different options can be really exciting, especially when Canada has as many awesome options for post-secondary education as it does.

We’ve picked a few programs at different institutions throughout Canada that offer programs with an Aboriginal focus for you to check out.


Place: Keyano College

Program: Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

The program was designed to allow individuals working in the Aboriginal business industry to acquire business skills and knowledge without having to relocate to study. Not only does the program foster success but it promotes business in both the Aboriginal sector and non-Aboriginal sector. If you’ve got an Alberta High School diploma or the equivalent or you’re a mature student of 21+ then you should definitely take the time to apply! Being an entrepreneur is a great way to be self-employed and exercise your own creativity by creating the job you want.

What can I do with this degree?

Become an entrepreneur! Like we said, you’ll be able to create the job you want in the industry you want – sounds perfect, right? Becoming an entrepreneur will give you all the freedom you want and the chance to take responsibility for something of your own creation – a totally rewarding and exciting endeavour!

Nova Scotia

Place: Cape Breton University

Program: Bachelor of Science Community Studies, Integrative Science

Not to be confused with integrated science, integrative science is the bringing together of scientific knowledges from the Indigenous and Western worlds. This is known as Toqwa’tu’kl Kjijitaqnn in the Mi’kmaq language and as “Two-Eyed Seeing” in the words of Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall. This program allows students to learn to see from the strengths of both Indigenous and mainstream scientific knowledge and to use this knowledge to benefit others. Opportunities to learn don’t just come from the classroom in this program, soon you’ll be learning in labs, outdoors, community workshops and work placements.

What can I do with this degree?

  • A career in healthcare (for example, medical careers such as a doctor, naturopath, dietitian)
  • Scientific research
  • A career in the Canadian government


Place: Nunavut Arctic College

Program: Inuit Studies Certificate

This program will provide with the opportunities to explore historical, cultural and contemporary situation of the Inuit. By studying the social, economic and political history of the Inuit, you’ll have a better awareness of the aspects of Inuit culture and language. If you’re a mature student or hold your Gr. 12 high school diploma (or equivalent) then you’re all set to apply – get going!

What can I do with this degree?

You can either use this certificate as an additional qualification to your  post-secondary education, or you could use it on its own to get a job in a range of many sectors. Here are a few to whet your appetite!

  • Teacher or university professor
  • Social worker
  • Writer


Place: Wilfrid Laurier University

Program: Master of Social Work in Aboriginal Field of Study

This is the first Master of Social Work program in Canada that is rooted in Indigenous world-views and combines this with current social work practice. Upon graduating this program, you’ll a greater understanding and respect for the traditions and histories of Indigenous Canadians. You’ll gain first-hand knowledge and experience through teachings from Indigenous elders, being involved in a traditional circle process, as well as attending Indigenous ceremonies.

What can I do with this degree?

  • Social Worker
  • Journalism
  • Outreach Program Developer


Place: First Nations University of Canada

Program: Indian Communication Arts

Calling all budding communication professionals! If you’d like to work in either Aboriginal-specific or mainstream media, public relations or multimedia then this is the program for you! This two-year certificate program may feature courses in Aboriginal history, politics, research, management, past and present communication systems and more. If you’re a student in this program then you’ll get the chance to participate in summer institutes for hands-on instruction and internships to help you gain work experience.

What can I do with this degree?

  • Communications Professional
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Journalist


Place: Yukon College

Program: Native Language Instructor Certificate or Diploma

If you have command of a Native language, then why not consider teaching it? You’ll get to work with children and young adults and the program involves practices sessions, group discussion, and other activities to develop your teaching skills! Language is a huge foundation of a culture, so teaching one is important for transmitting cultural knowledge to future generations.

What can I do with this degree?

  • Teacher
  • Translator or communicator
  • Linguist

Want more info about Aboriginal student resources? Click here or check out TalentEgg’s earlier Aboriginal Career Guides!

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