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Aboriginal Women's Certificate Program
The Aboriginal Women’s Certificate program is a full-time program that offers a supportive community classroom environment. Students will be exposed to Traditional Knowledge Holders and Aboriginal professionals who provide guest lecturing throughout the duration of the program. Upon completion of five-credits, students will receive a certificate that may be applied to a variety of undergraduate degree programs. The program is designed to encourage self-empowerment, identity development and strong academic skills under the guidance of cultural tradition, Aboriginal spirituality and language enrichment. Such skills will prepare the women for successful transition into an academic program of their choice.
The Learning Outcomes for this program are as follows:
At the completion of this program the learner will demonstrate a strong cultural identity and have developed the skills necessary to maintain a balance between cultural knowledge and traditional ways of being with academic knowledge.
The learner will enhance their relationship to self through self-empowerment and the development of a strong cultural identity. This will assist the women in developing and maintaining the necessary relationships not only within the university and beyond, but also with their families and communities.
The learner will extend and apply a balance of both cultural knowledge and academic skills to modern contexts.
The learner will demonstrate the necessary academic skills for successful transition into a variety of undergraduate degree programs.
The Gidayaamin Aboriginal Women's Certificate Program will be guided by the following principles and goals: