Programs for First Nations and Inuit

Programs for First Nations and Inuit

The following programs are offered in First Nations and Inuit communities for First Nations and Inuit teachers by McGill's Faculty of Education.

Information may be obtained by contacting:

  • Faculty of Education
  • First Nations and Inuit Education (FNIE)
  • 3700 McTavish Street, Room 244
  • Montreal QC H3A 1Y2

For details about the First Nations and Inuit Studies Option within the Bachelor of Education Kindergarten and Elementary program, see Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Kindergarten and Elementary Education - First Nations and Inuit Studies (120 credits).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2015-2016 (last updated Aug. 6, 2015) (disclaimer)

Certificate in Education for First Nations and Inuit (60 credits)

This 60-credit program provides an opportunity for Algonquin, Cree, Inuit, Mi'kmaq, Mohawk, and Naskapi people to become qualified as teachers. It is offered on a part-time basis in Indigenous communities throughout Quebec in collaboration with, for example, the Cree School Board, the Kativik School Board and various Mi'kmaq, Mohawk, Algonquin and education...

For more information, see Certificate in Education for First Nations and Inuit (60 credits).

Admission to the Certificate in Education for First Nations and Inuit

Admission to the Certificate in Education for First Nations and Inuit

Those intending to complete the program offered in cooperation with the Kativik School Board must be fluent and literate in Inuktitut/Inuinnaqtun. Fluency in Algonquin, Cree, Mi'kmaq, Mohawk, or Naskapi is not a condition for acceptance for applicants from these communities, but is considered an asset. Courses are available in all four of these languages for those teaching in immersion classes and other teaching situations where a knowledge of the first language is essential.

An applicant will normally be employed as a teacher or as a classroom assistant, have a valid teaching authorization from the appropriate teaching authority or a community education committee, be recommended by the school principal and an officer of the education authority, be recommended by a local community education committee, and be at least 21 years of age. Younger applicants will be considered for admission if they hold a Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma or a Diploma of Collegial Studies. The right of final decision for acceptance of candidates rests with McGill.

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Certificate in Aboriginal Literacy Education (30 credits)

This 30-credit program is designed for Algonquin, Cree, Inuit, Mi'kmaq, and Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of their Indigenous language, especially in its written form. It is aimed mainly at those who will be teaching their Indigenous language. ...

For more information, see Certificate in Aboriginal Literacy Education (30 credits).

Admission to the Certificate in Aboriginal Literacy Education

Admission to the Certificate in Aboriginal Literacy Education

Students admitted to this program will be recommended by their communities. If the program is used for professional development, students will be Indigenous teachers employed in local schools. They must be mature students, or hold a Secondary V diploma or equivalent. The right of final decision for acceptance of candidates rests with McGill.

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Certificate in Middle School Education in Aboriginal Communities (30 credits)

This 30-credit program focuses on developing the particular skills and abilities required of the Indigenous teacher in the middle school of his/her community. It does not lead to provincial certification. Rather, it prepares Indigenous teachers, who are bilingual or have some knowledge of their Indigenous language and who have already established themselves as...

For more information, see Certificate in Middle School Education in Aboriginal Communities (30 credits).

Admission to the Certificate in Middle School Education in Aboriginal Communities

Admission to the Certificate in Middle School Education in Aboriginal Communities

Applicants will normally have completed or be completing their B.Ed. for Certified Teachers. It is strongly recommended that they have some competence in their Indigenous language as indicated by the successful completion of at least two language courses. For those applying with degrees from other universities, additional courses may be required to match the McGill B.Ed. for Certified Teachers profile. As the program and courses will be delivered in the partnership communities, applicants must be recommended by their school boards or teaching authorities. The right of final decision for acceptance of candidates rests with McGill.

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Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Educational Leadership (30 credits)

This 30-credit program is designed for First Nations and Inuit organizations to develop their role as leaders within the educational community. The program will focus on developing the core competencies of educational leaders, e.g., decision making and problem solving; fostering a self-reflective leader able to partner with parents to create community outreach;...

For more information, see Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Educational Leadership (30 credits).

Admission to the Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Educational Leadership

Admission to the Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Educational Leadership

Students admitted to this program will be recommended by their communities. They must be mature students (21 years of age), or hold a Secondary V diploma or equivalent. Students must speak, read, and write fluently the language of instruction as agreed upon between the unit and the client School Board or Education Centre. For Nunavik applicants, students must have experience in a Nunavik educational or community organization. The right of final decision for acceptance of candidates rests with McGill.

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Bachelor of Education for Certified Teachers — Elementary Education — Native and Northern (90 credits)

This 90-credit program is designed for teachers who are already certified to teach in elementary schools and who wish to earn a Bachelor of Education degree. Normally, a minimum of 60 credits must be taken in the program, and no more than 30 credits may be transferred from other institutions. Credits may be transferred from programs leading to the certificates in...

For more information, see Bachelor of Education for Certified Teachers — Elementary Education — Native and Northern (90 credits).

Admission Requirements for the B.Ed. for Certified Teachers

Admission Requirements for the B.Ed. for Certified Teachers

Applicants apply on the basis of having completed the Certificate in Education for First Nations and Inuit or equivalent and must have the continued support of their education authority to attend the field-based program. The right of final decision for acceptance of candidates rests with McGill.

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Certificate in Aboriginal Education for Certified Teachers (30 credits)

This 30-credit program provides training to assist mainstream teachers in becoming more effective teachers in First Nations and Inuit communities. It is designed to address subjects of particular interest and need in First Nations and Inuit schools, such as cultural socialization, cooperative learning, second-language teaching, and curriculum development.

For more information, see Certificate in Aboriginal Education for Certified Teachers (30 credits).

Admission to the Certificate in Aboriginal Education for Certified Teachers

Admission to the Certificate in Aboriginal Education for Certified Teachers

Applicants must provide the following:

  • a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) or its equivalent;
  • evidence of having completed teacher training at an approved institution;
  • a letter of recommendation from a competent authority.

All courses are normally given off campus and are normally limited to students enrolled in off-campus programs delivered through First Nations and Inuit Education. The right of final decision for acceptance of candidates rests with McGill.

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Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Student Personnel Services (30 credits)

This program is offered by the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology through First Nations and Inuit Education. ...

For more information, see Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Student Personnel Services (30 credits).

Admission to Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Student Personnel Services

Admission to Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Student Personnel Services

Admission Requirements

  • Speak, read, and write fluently the language of instruction as agreed upon between First Nations and Inuit Education and the contracting school board.
  • Hold a student adviser 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.
  • Be recommended by the local education authority.
  • Be at least 21 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).
  • Be recommended and selected by the school administration in collaboration with McGill personnel.

The right of final decision for acceptance of candidates rests with McGill.

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