Bachelor of Health Sciences - First Nations Planning

4 years
22,460 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
University of Northern British Columbia

Program description

As more First Nations clarify land claims in Canada, they may assume land and community planning duties, creating opportunities for professional planners. Whether Indigenous or not, planners working with First Nations need special expertise.

Start with planning, environment, economics, and Indigenous peoples of Canada. GIS, earth sciences, and Canadian government and politics. Learn about Indigenous environmental philosophy, law, and peoples in upper grades.

Help First Nations communities develop infrastructure, housing, and resource management projects through applied classes and projects.

Program structure


  • Introductory Ecology
  • The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • A First Nations Language: Level 1

Three of the following:

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Peoples and Cultures 
  • Introduction into Environmental Citizenship
  • Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • A First Nations Culture: Level 1
  • Perspectives in First Nations Studies 
  • Introduction to Traditional Environmental Knowledge
  • Introduction to Health Sciences II: Rural and Aboriginal Issues
  • Precalculus
  • Food, Agriculture, and Society
  • Integrated Resource Management


  • Advanced First Nations Community and Environmental Planning
  • Indigenous Environmental Philosophy
  • First Nations Religion and Philosophy
  • Law and Indigenous Peoples

Three of the following:

  • Comparative Study of Indigenous Peoples of the World
  • Ethnobotany
  • Field School in Planning
  • Undergraduate Thesis
  • Professional Report
  • Internship
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement
  • First Nations Religion and Philosophy
  • Indigenous Environmental Philosophy
  • Seminar in First Nations Studies
  • First Nations Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender and Power
  • First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
  • Environmental Justice
  • History of Indigenous People of Canada
  • Aboriginal Perspectives on Land and Resource Management 
  • Land Relations and Communities in Recreation and Tourism
  • Law and Municipal Government
  • Indigenous Governance and Social Policy 
  • Individual and Community Wellness for Indigenous Peoples


  • Tuition* 22,460 CAD
  • Student Fees* 1,690 CAD
  • Books* 1,600 CAD

*Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.


Requirements for applicants

  • Meet UNBC's English language requirements
  • Meet the international admission requirements by country or meet the admission with a General Certificate of Education (or equivalent)
  • Complete the required high school course equivalencies outlined in the Domestic tab prior.

About the university

One of Canada's top universities, UNBC is situated in the breathtaking scenery of northern British Columbia.

Excellent undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities are offered by UNBC in the areas of cultures, economics, health, sciences, and the environment. We share the exhilaration of new knowledge with our students and the results of our teaching and research with the world as one of British Columbia's research-intensive institutions. UNBC is a welcome place with a warm, inclusive, and supportive learning environment in addition to cultivating and celebrating academic excellence.

The University of the North by and for the North is UNBC. Our students, alumni, teachers, staff, and the communities we serve all feel a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure as a result of our goal. We are also Canada's Green UniversityTM, paving the road for everyone's future to be more sustainable.


To affect people's lives and communities in the North and around the world while being Canada's top destination university in terms of personal character.


To have an impact on the world today and inspire future leaders.

UNBC's Academic Structure

  1. Faculty of Environment
  2. Faculty of Business and Economics
  3. Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
  4. Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering
  6. Division of Medical Sciences

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