The First Nations Curriculum Concentration is designed to prepare information professionals to work effectively with Aboriginal communities in support of ongoing developments in Aboriginal culture and languages, self-government, treaty negotiation and litigation.
During their program of study, iSchool students enrolled in the First Nations Curriculum Concentration (FNCC) develop a strong foundation in their chosen program (MAS, MLIS, or Dual MAS/MLIS). In addition, they build a deep appreciation for the influence of the information professions on Indigenous histories and ongoing Indigenous initiatives. As an integral part of the concentration, students are supported in gaining experience working in Indigenous-oriented information organizations.
Key Points for Interested Students
FNCC students are welcomed from widely varied backgrounds. Some students are of Indigenous heritage with a deep, personal appreciation for contemporary Indigenous issues and interests and the ongoing influence of colonization. Other entering students are unfamiliar with Indigenous perspectives and alternate histories of colonization. Many students fall somewhere between the two extremes. The versatile structure of the FNCC recognizes, acknowledges, and negotiates these differences. FNCC students are expected to reflect on and respect these differences while selecting courses, engaging with course materials, and interacting with other members of the FNCC and the broader iSchool community.
Course of Study
In addition to completing all other program requirements, students must also complete the following:
12 credits First Nations coursework (see First Nations Credits below)
3 credits experiential learning (ARST or LIBR 596, or ARST 595 for MAS and Dual students)
First Nations Credits
For a course to count toward the 12 credits of First Nations coursework, it must be:
For option 1, FNCC students are encouraged to consult the iSchool FNCC wiki. Courses may be taken from any faculty at UBC, at the 300-level or higher. The wiki is updated annually with information on courses from across UBC that may be of particular interest to iSchool students.
For option 2, the student must obtain the course instructor's agreement in order to take the course for First Nations credit. This must be arranged in advance of the course start date. Specifics are to be worked out between the FNCC student, the FNCC coordinator, and the course instructor.
Elective courses may be drawn from courses outside of a student’s designated program (MLIS or MAS) and from outside the iSchool. However, permission is required to apply a course outside of one’s designated program (MLIS or MAS) for credit in the FNCC program. Permission must be obtained from the iSchool Graduate Advisor before beginning the course. Under certain circumstances, FNCC students may be permitted to take more than the usual 12-credit limit on external courses. The FNCC student must obtain permission from the iSchool Graduate Advisor to waive the limitation at the time of application for external course credit, in advance of taking the course.
FNCC students are strongly encouraged to take courses outside of the iSchool to add depth and breadth to their understanding of Indigenous and settler histories and ongoing Indigenous initiatives in areas of particular concern to his or her professional career. Permission to apply the course to the concentration will be based on the course's direct relevance to the individual's work in the FNCC. Any course outside of the iSchool must be at the 300-level or above (or the equivalent at another institution).
Students must have completed at least 18 credits in their degree program before taking outside courses. FNCC students are allowed a maximum nine (9) credits of approved First Nations coursework at the 300- or 400-level in their Master's degree program. All other credits applied to the master's degree must be at the 500 level.
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
470 – 1961 East Mall
Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z1