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Supporting indigenous families

Indigenous Family Support

Certificate in Indigenous Family Support

Respect and reflect the diversity of Aboriginal communities

Supporting your ancestral roots

The Indigenous Family Support (IFS) Program provides students of Indigenous Ancestry* with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, awareness and values needed to work with indigenous individuals and families in schools and communities.

In demand

Indigenous family support practitioners are trained to support the development of healthy Aboriginal individuals, families and communities. Program graduates are in demand and function interdependently as members of a support team under the direction and supervision of experienced professionals in health, education and/or human service settings. This program will also give you the opportunity to reflect on your ancestry and develop self-awareness.

We’ll help you succeed

Graduates of the program find employment in roles such as:

  • Employees of Native Friendship Centres
  • Aboriginal Teaching Assistants in public and tribal schools
  • Youth Service Workers
  • Child and Family Service Workers
  • Transition House Workers
  • Employment Training Counsellors

Transfer possibilities

You may choose to continue your education at Camosun College towards a diploma in:

What about employment opportunities?

Graduates are prepared to function interdependently as members of a community support team. The team could include family members, elders, friends, and professionals. Graduates work under the direction and supervision of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals in health, education and human services.

Many graduates of the former Indigenous Family Support program have continued their education towards degrees in Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Indigenous Studies and Education.

Are you of Aboriginal ancestry?

*Camosun College views any student who is a descendant of the indigenous peoples of North America to be an Aboriginal student. This includes status and non-status Indians, Métis, Inuit and Native Americans who reside in Canada.

Indigenous Family Support

10 months
Study Options
Full-time or part-time
Work Experience
One practicum placement
Lansdowne, W̱SÁNEĆ School Board
Health & Human Services

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