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Indigenous Justice Studies

Program Description

Indigenous Justice Studies (IJS) certificate program explores
topics related to crime and deviance, the criminal justice
system, and the rule of law. Courses critically examine the various responsibilities of key components of the justice system that
strives to ensure the safety and protection of society.
Students will look at the challenges Indigenous people
face in the criminal justice system, and how Indigenous
cultural approaches to corrections, policing, and courts are
helping to address the legacy of colonization. A great
emphasis is placed upon cultural values and beliefs of the
Indigenous community and utilizes Indigenous adult
educational teaching methodology, experimental learning,
and practical application of academic knowledge. The IJS
practicum placement allows students to gain experience
working with Indigenous agencies and organizations related to criminal and social justice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Indigenous Justice Studies Certificate, the learner will have an understanding and appreciation:

1.Developing an understanding and appreciation for Criminal Justice System relating to policing, courts, & correctional services

2. Work with agencies and organizations related to criminal and social justice

3. Sociological approaches to crime

Start your career and be part of Indigenous Justice today!

Classes start on and September 2023, in Vancouver, B.C.

University Transfer

Simon Fraser University

IJS Certificate has 25 credits transferable to SFU. Restrictions apply, Please refer to their admission requirements. 1st Year in Bachelor of Arts, Criminology – Simon Fraser University

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

IJS Certificate has 24 credits transferable to NVIT. Restrictions apply, Please refer to their admission requirements. 1st Year Associate of Arts Degree - Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Occupation upon Completion

Graduates have entered careers in community justice
agencies, policing, courts, customs, social work, and adult
and youth corrections (including parole, probation, and
supervision). Students may further their education to
graduate school or law school and into the practice of law.

Graduates find jobs with different employers including non-profit agencies, First Nation governments, or police authorities, which may include:

  • Correctional officers            
  • Security officers
  • Tribal policing
  • RCMP
  • Family court worker
  • Lawyer
  • Parole officer
  • Indigenous Liaison Officer      
  • Indigenous Programs Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Forensics
  • Criminal Intelligence
  • Criminal Justice Syste

Program Summary

This program is Full-time, Monday to Friday


Certificate program

Gain Experience

Work with agencies and organizations related to criminal and social justice.

25 Credits

Transferable credits to university

High Demand

Career with high demand & salaries

Course Descriptions

Term 1 – 

CRIM 100

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System


CRIM 150

Introduction to Criminology


ENGL 110

Introduction to College Writing


CMNS 125

Interpersonal Communications


SOC 110

Introduction to Sociology

Term 2 – 

FNST 110

First Nations Studies


CRIM 160

The Canadian Legal System


CRIM 170

Introduction to Corrections


CRIM 180

Sociological Approaches to Crime


CRIM 145

Employment Preparation


Term 3 –

CRIM 120

Introduction to Policing


CRIM 155

IJS Practicum


Admission Requirements, Fees & Tuition

High School Applicants
Mature Applicants
Tuition and Fees
  • B.C. secondary school (Grade 12) or equivalent (B.C. Adult Dogwood Graduation Diploma or General Education Diploma).
  • Minimum "C+" grade in English 12 or testing an equivalent level.
  • Letter of Intent 
  • 19 years old or older
  • Written assessment with 60% or higher
  • Letter of Intent









Total Cost:


The sooner you apply, the better your chances for scholarships

Apply now for Winter Intake 2023

Kristian Bryant


When I first moving to Vancouver in 2007 I heard about NEC, what attracted me to the college is the Indigenous perspective to learning, and what I like  most like is the sense of community, its a such beautiful place to learn and reconnect.

Nec is important to me because creates leaders that embody our intergenerational strength that has been passed down from our ancestors.  

IJS - Student 2022

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