First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) was founded in 2001 to provide students with an understanding of the histories, contemporary realities, and political concerns of Indigenous peoples in Canada and beyond. As an interdisciplinary undergraduate program within the Faculty of Arts, FNIS reflects the belief that deep understanding and ethical engagement are central to the wellbeing of resurgent Indigenous communities and foundational to more respectful Indigenous-settler relations.
We acknowledge that First Nations and Indigenous Studies, the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the University of British Columbia-Vancouver are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. We value our long-standing relationship with the Musqueam Nation and are grateful for the many ways in which they support and strengthen our unit.
“… in the end you’re going to take away very important lessons that will help you in your future careers.”
Samantha NockAlumni (2014)
“…my entire perspective on Canadian history and social identity has been affected by what I learned through [FNIS]”
Erica GibbonsAlumni (2011)
Elle-Máijá Apiniskim TailfeathersAlumni (2011)
- Alice Te Punga Somerville
- Dory Nason
- Linc Kesler
- Daniel Justice
- David Gaertner