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First Nations and Inuit Student Personnel Services

This program is designed to provide Aboriginal school personnel advisors with a training program which will enable them to learn about principles and practice of personnel services as generally applied in educational settings; to help Aboriginal student personnel advisors develop their personal skills, and to modify or adapt their services and the content to best suit the cultural and educational needs of Aboriginal students; to encourage Aboriginal student personnel advisors to take leadership in developing educational programs which address the social needs of their communities, and to up-grade their academic qualifications and professional development; and to develop and make available, in English and the languages of instruction, collections of professional and scholarly knowledge about students' needs and services in First Nations and Inuit communities. Bearers of this Certificate will be qualified to work as Educational and School Personnel Advisors within the employ of an Aboriginal educational authority.

Admission Requirements

  1. Speak, read, and write fluently the language of instruction as agreed upon between the Department and the contracting school board.
  2. Hold a student advisor position in an Aboriginal community. This may be a new appointment concurrent with registration in the program. The position must be sufficient to meet the practicum requirements of the program.
  3. Be recommended by the local education authority.
  4. Be at least 23 years of age (except for special permission). By this means students will qualify for admission as Mature Students under McGill regulations, and thereby not be required to have a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC).
  5. Be recommended and selected by the school administration in collaboration with McGill personnel.

Program Profile

Required Courses (21 credits):

EDPC 201 Intro to Student Advising 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 202 Helping Skills Practicum 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 203 Helping Skills Practicum 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 205 Career/Occupational Dev 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 208 Native Families' Dynamics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 209 Basic Crisis Interven Skills 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 210 Field Experience 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Courses (9 credits):

EDPC 206 Course not available

EDPC 207 Course not available

EDEM 202 Native Fam Dyn & Support Inst 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDKP 204 Health Education 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPI 211 Social & Emotional Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 211 Course not available

Or any other suitable course approved by the Program Coordinator.

The availability of EDEM 202, EDKP 204 or any other courses offered by the Departments other than Educational and Counselling Psychology or in other programs of this Department is dependent on its availability (e.g., through a concurrently offered program) or on an arrangement made with that department or program. The Program Coordinator will attempt to make these contracts whenever required.


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