Your degree in First Nations and Indigenous Studies

During your First Nations and Indigenous Studies degree, you’ll develop important skills of ethical research while gaining an understanding of one’s relationship to contemporary realities and contexts of First Nations and Indigenous communities.

These skills may include:

  • Analytical thinking applied to examining the roles that language, culture, identity, social structures, colonialism and resistance, and political issues play in shaping First Nations’ and Indigenous perspectives
  • Develop critical perspectives and apply theoretical frameworks to support work and ethical research with communities and Indigenous organizations
  • Develop ethical and strategic approaches to contemporary issues and propose solutions considering multiple perspectives
  • Influence scholarly and public representations of Indigenous languages and cultures
  • Collaboration with others to explore Indigenous history, arts and culture, systems of knowledge, political theory, and activism
  • Qualitative and quantitative research experience developed through a research practicum
  • Persuasively communicate ideas in writing and through public speaking and debating abilities
  • Storytelling across different media including film, podcasts, digital media and other non-academic forms of writing

Explore career possibilities

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

Advertising campaign manager

Art curator

Business Development Officer

Charitable organization director

Communications manager

Community culture and language worker

Community development worker

Community health, fitness, and sport worker

Community records and archivist

Community support worker



Cultural site or museum interpreter

Curriculum designer

Digital storyteller


Educational policy analyst

Economic development officer

Employment counsellor

Employment equity officer

Environmental and Land Rights advisor

Event planner

Family support worker


Grant writer

Human resources manager

Human rights officer

Intergovernmental affairs officer


Language archivist

Language instructor




Media/Information consultant

Museum administrator

Museum educator

Policy advisor

Political organizer

Public affairs officer

Public opinion interviewer

Public relations specialist

Rural development officer

Social policy researcher

Social enterprise developer

Speech writer

Student services counsellor


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.

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.

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 British Columbia Government guide.

Indigenous Youth Internship Program
Apply in term 2 for a 12 month paid internship sponsored by the British Columbia 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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