Your degree in First Nations and Endangered Languages

During your First Nations and Endangered Languages degree, you’ll develop important skills for the documentation, conservation and revitalization of endangered Indigenous languages while exploring ethical research protocols, community-responsive scholarship, and meaningful partnership with Indigenous communities. 

These skills may include:

  • Influencing scholarly and public representations of Indigenous languages and cultures within and beyond the academy. 
  • Communicating to diverse audiences the central and interconnected relationship between language, land, and oral history for Indigenous communities.
  • Developing, practicing and promoting community protocols and perspectives for ethical engagement with First Nations peoples and their languages.
  • Engaging productively and transparently with community needs, priorities, and local research agendas appropriate to each context.
  • Designing and implementing language reclamation and revitalization projects drawing on interdisciplinary methodologies, predicated on community-based consultation, participation, and collaboration.
  • Perceiving, distinguishing and transcribing speech sounds of endangered languages, and exploring their relationships with community-based orthographies.
  • Recognizing and discovering grammatical structures of endangered languages for the benefit of community-based maintenance and revitalization.
  • Building individual and community capacity for the application of contextually-appropriate best practices, archival standards and current technologies in multimedia language documentation through recording, archiving, and access.
  • Promoting or engaging with family-based and community-based language transfer. 
  • Using archival and other legacy resources as vehicles to develop and enhance First Nations language fluency.

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including Indigenous organizations, education, government, business, media, museums, law, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Art conservator/curator

Campaign manager

Charitable organization director

Child and youth worker

Communications manager

Community culture and language worker

Community development worker

Community program manager

Community service worker

Copywriter

Counsellor

Cultural site or museum interpreter

Digital storyteller

Documentarian/Filmmaker

Educational policy analyst/advisor

Economic development officer

Employment counsellor

Employment equity officer

Environmental advisor

Event planner

Fundraiser

Government official

Grant writer

Heritage interpreter

Heritage planner

Human resources manager

Human rights officer

Intergovernmental affairs officer

Journalist

Language archivist

Language instructor

Lawyer

Legislator

Lobbyist

Media/Information consultant

Museum administrator

Museum educator

Policy advisor

Political organizer

Public affairs officer

Public opinion interviewer

Public relations specialist

Rural development officer

Social enterprise developer

Social policy researcher

Speech writer

Student services counsellor

Teacher/Professor

Tourism consultant

University research assistant

Urban and Land Use Planning

Youth Worker

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Alumni Profiles
Learn about the experiences of past and present students from your program.

First Nations Studies Student Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs and learn about student journalism opportunities.

Endangered Language Fund
Explore various resources for revitalizing and reclaiming languages.

Arts Indigenous Student Advising
As part of Arts Academic Advising,
Arts Indigenous Student Advising is here to provide you with academic and cultural support to help you meet your educational and personal goals at UBC.

Indigenous Collegia
Connect with an Indigenous elder or UBC professor, make lunch or meet up with friends between classes, or take part in cultural practices, e.g. smudging, and community practices like talking circles. 

AMS Indigenous Committee
The Indigenous Committee is committed to inserting Indigenous ways of knowing and being into the UBC Alma Matter Society (AMS) as well as the larger UBC institution by hosting events, providing support to Indigenous clubs, and advocating for Indigenous rights on campus. All Indigenous students who pay fees to the AMS can join the committee.

Unceded Airwaves
Unceded Airwaves is a bi-weekly radio program produced by CiTR’s Indigenous Collective. We are committed to centering Indigenous voices and offering alternative narratives that empower Indigenous people and their stories.
 

UBC Indigenous events
Connect with students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Indigenous Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program
Apply in term 1 to get paired with a faculty member in this four-month research mentorship program for Indigenous students.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool
Discover post-secondary scholarship opportunities for Aboriginal students across Canada.

Further academic studies
Learn about various graduate and professional program opportunities at UBC, across Canada, and internationally.

First Peoples’ Cultural Council
Find initiatives, grants, or programs related to reviving Indigenous languages, arts, and cultures within Canada.

Grants and funding opportunities
Discover potential sources of funding for Indigenous language, arts and culture projects.

Indigenous organizations and services
Explore volunteer and work opportunities in local organizations using this BC Government guide.

Indigenous Youth Internship Program
Apply in term 2 for a 12-month paid internship sponsored by the BC Government.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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