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Indigenous Studies

If you are interested in a career or future studies in Indigenous relations, governance, education, and culture, consider our Indigenous Studies diploma, which is designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners.

Johnny Oum - Indigenous Studies

I decided to take Indigenous Studies at NorQuest because I believe that this is such an important education to have. Not only will it further my knowledge, but it will allow me to carry on the histories that my people went through.

What to expect from the program

The Indigenous Studies program will help you broaden your understanding of the cultural, historical, social and political experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The program will focus first on Treaty 6, then on Treaties 7 and 8, and finally on other Treaties in Canada and on global Indigenous perspectives. The program will allow you to:

  • attain your diploma to pursue a career that involves leadership in Indigenous communities or organizations that work with Indigenous peoples, or
  • begin your post-secondary career at NorQuest College and then transfer to university, or
  • gain broader understanding to support your lifelong learning and professional development in fields such as social work, community support work, or health professions
  • increase your knowledge and awareness of Indigenous cultures, peoples, histories, and economic development structures.

Graduate with experience

NorQuest College believes in the importance of on-the-job experience that provides an enriched learning opportunity.

This program includes an optional course that includes 90 hours of work experience in the community.


Career opportunities

Graduates of this program may pursue a career in Indigenous relations, governance, education, and culture. Career opportunities may include:

  • Indigenous program coordinator
  • youth engagement worker
  • youth support worker
  • street outreach worker
  • follow-up support worker
  • cultural support worker
  • research assistant
  • Gladue report writer

These types of jobs may be found within Indigenous governments and administration offices, as well as with federal, provincial, and municipal governments and non-profit organizations.


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