FNU to launch Indigenous journalism and communications degree, teacher education programs

The First Nations University of Canada is launching new programming focused on the fields of journalism and education for Indigenous students. The Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Journalism and Communication Arts will blend multimedia training with training on Indigenous issues and languages. “The degree is unique and long overdue,” said FNU President Dr Jacqueline Ottmann. “We need Indigenous voices and perspectives to tell our stories accurately and respectfully.” Students who are currently in FNU’s Indigenous Communication Arts program will be able to transfer into the program. FNU has also received over $100K to deliver two new teacher education programs: the Dene Teacher Education Program in Hatchet Lake Denesuline Nation and the Cree Teacher Education Program in Waterhen Lake First Nation. The programs—which are delivered in partnership with the University of Regina—enable students to pursue their Bachelor of Indigenous Education while staying in their communities.