New Program: Master of Education in Indigenous Education

The Indigenous education landscape is rapidly changing in the province of British Columbia, with many new and exciting opportunities in K-12 First Nation, public, and independent schools and communities. Curriculum reform in K-12 has resulted in the integration of the First Peoples Principles of Learning across all areas of the curriculum and all grade levels. More broadly, Indigenous educational leadership is taking place in many contexts within a range of sectors.

It is critical that educators are professionally equipped to respond to the new initiatives, policies, and changing demands in Indigenous education in order to enhance support to Indigenous students and families, improve educational outcomes for Indigenous learners, and provide critical Indigenous educational experiences for all students. This Master of Education in Indigenous Education degree will address policy, programmatic, curricular, and community/parental relationship priorities as they pertain to Indigenous education.

Program Objectives:

  • deepen understanding of Indigenous knowledges, histories, worldviews in both theory and practice
  • strengthen instruction and leadership skills in using and supporting Indigenous education knowledge, practices, and pedagogies for classroom, school, and community-based programs and settings
  • analyze and adapt existing curriculum frameworks and structures in order to make them more culturally responsive to Indigenous worldviews and Indigenous knowledge systems
  • provide leadership in the development and revision of Indigenous educational policy, curricula and programming
  • develop knowledge and practices for engagement with Indigenous learners, people, and communities that advance TRC and UNDRIP commitments

This program is ideal for:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Community educators
  • Early Childhood educators
  • other professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge and professional practice in Indigenous education