Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Indigenous Studies

Learn about indigenous perspectives and governance, the justice system, land claims, traditional ecological knowledge, and the protection of heritage in the Okanagan, Canada, U.S. and world communities.

Traditional Welcome to the OkanaganA Nsyilxcen welcome to the Okanagan Valley.

What You Need to Know

Why study Indigenous Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build the foundational skills needed to pursue a career in government, in Aboriginal Peoples organizations, in indigenous leadership roles and resource management, or to pursue graduate studies.

Community research
Design research projects relevant and respectful to a particular indigenous community or agency, and implement the project working on-site in that community or agency.

Student networks
Join the Indigenous Studies Course Union to build friendships, meet Aboriginal students, get involved in student-based projects, and gain increased access to career resources.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in Indigenous studies, which provides perspectives of indigenous peoples from the Okanagan, Canada and world communities, and introduces you to methodology and research applications.

In the Indigenous studies undergraduate program at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major or a minor in Indigenous Studies.

In third or fourth year, you have the option of completing directed studies, where you will undertake a supervised investigation of an assigned topic in Indigenous Studies, culminating in a major term paper.


UBC Okanagan’s Indigenous Studies program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare students for careers in government ministries and agencies, industry, and non-profit and community organizations.

Sample courses:

  • INDG 203 – Indigenous Peoples’ Historical Perspectives
  • INDG 301 – Examining an Indigenous Methodology: En’owkinwixw
  • INDG 310 – Indigenous Women’s Perspectives: Gender, Nation, State, Resistance

Browse Indigenous Studies courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The following links takes you to Indigenous Studies program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academics policies at the University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Learn about the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) which offers MA, MSc and PhD degrees in themed and individualized options.

Visit the Indigenous Studies homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the bachelor of arts degrees. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program. 

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate studies in Indigenous Studies. Career options range from government positions to Aboriginal leadership in land and resource management.



  • Aboriginal leader
  • Aboriginal manager
  • Aboriginal Rights research
  • Aboriginal Health services worker
  • Aboriginal outreach worker
  • Aboriginal stakeholder liaison
  • Community affairs specialist
  • Community development consultant
  • Conflict resolution specialist
  • Culture and heritage editor
  • Economic development advisor
  • Events/conference planning
  • Fundraiser/development officer
  • Government relations advisor
  • Heritage interpreter
  • Human rights and justice officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Mediator/negotiator
  • Museum assistant
  • Policy analyst
  • Political aide or researcher
  • Public administrator
  • Public policy analyst
  • Public relations consultant
  • Social analyst
  • Tourism services worker
  • United Nations reporter

Potential Employers

  • Government ministries and agencies, including provincial, federal and band offices
  • Industry, including consulting firms, environmental and assessment agencies, marketing groups, oil and gas exploration companies, research centres and telecommunications firms
  • Non-profit and community organizations focused on Aboriginal, cultural, historical, museum, public education and social services

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan offers MA, MSc and PHD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program. Students may choose to complete an IGS Themed Option in Indigenous Studies, or build an individualized program and have an Indigenous Studies department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your fellow students.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé. Available awards include:

Work Opportunities

  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Acquire real-world job skills and strong connections at a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Indigenous Studies program:
Mary Song

Mary Song, UBC Student

“I am committed to working with children in education, to help empower them and to help find their purpose.”

Jeannette Armstrong

Jeannette Armstrong, UBC Professor

“I know that my research directly contributes to the betterment of cultural revitalization toward positive change.”

Marlowe Sam

Marlowe Sam, UBC Alumnus

“I developed academic relationships with a number of professors who helped shape my future as an academic.”

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Indigenous Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, take part in “Meet the Dean” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    • The Aboriginal Centre at UBC's Okanagan campus is a home away from home that includes a study and social space, computer lab, kitchen and meeting room. The Centre's programming encompasses the academic, social and cultural aspects of student life. Visit Aboriginal Programs & Services.
    • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options at one of many clubs and associations including the Indigenous Studies Course Union.
    • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun in various campus clubs.

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC's Okanagan campus prioritizes housing for all self-identified Aboriginal students who plan to start studies in September; housing applications need to be submitted before the housing deadline for students to receive priority.

    Our campus offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence at

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


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