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Aboriginal Leadership in the Justice System Certificate

Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Vancouver
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time
Start Dates: September

Aboriginal Leadership in the Justice System Certificate

The Aboriginal Leadership in the Justice System (ALJS) Certificate and Diploma were developed for students who are interested in a career within law enforcement, justice and Public Safety and Corrections Canada. ALJS program is a 2 year 60 credit program that is delivered through the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT). The program emphasizes the importance of understanding the context of justice for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and drawing of the strengths and resources within community based initiatives. These NVIT courses are university transfer credit courses, which may parallel for an individual's training in a related field. This program will assist individuals who are highly motivated, self-disciplined and hold an interest in the Justice system. The program is also directed towards individuals who are in a full or part-time supervisory position and are working in the public health safety or justice fields.


Grade 12 graduation with a C+ minimum in the following:

  • English 12/English First Peoples (ENGL 060)

  • Principles of Math 11 (or Math 059)

  • Criminal Record Check

  • An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required

Certificate Program
  • ADCT-102 - Psychology, Understanding Human Behaviour
  • CRIM-101 - Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM-103 - Psychological Explanations Of Criminal And Deviant Behavior
  • CRIM-131 - Introduction to Criminal Justice System
  • CRIM-135 - Introduction to Canadian Law
  • ENGL-110 - English Composition
  • ENGL-204 - Business Writing
  • HLTH-201 - Physical Health and Fitness
  • LEPP-165 - Introduction To Law Enforcement
  • SOCI-200 - The Nature of Racism
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success 101
  • Diploma Program
  • ACHD-230 - Mental Health Wellness and Challenges
  • ADCT-294 - Ethics and the Law
  • CRIM-220 - Introduction to Research Methods
  • CRIM-230 - Criminal Law
  • FNST-100 - Introduction to First Nations Studies I
  • LEPP-170 - Aboriginal Policing
  • LEPP-180 - Field Practicum
  • STAT-203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Course Listing for this program

    ACHD-230 - Credits: 3.000
    Mental Health Wellness and Challenges
    Students will have the opportunity to apply concepts and principles of long-term care for individuals and families with chronic, complex mental health problems and/or developmental needs. They will also explore the difference between long-term care and short-term care treatment approaches. Areas of focus will include contemporary approaches (rehabilitative, habilitative and palliative care). Case studies will include but not be limited to organic illness, genetic mental disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychotic and neurotic conditions, personality disorders, impact of trauma and multi-generational trauma. This course will address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools, including the intergenerational impacts by providing students with the opportunity to learn specifically about trauma and multi-generational impact of residential schools. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACHD 224
    ADCT-102 - Credits: 3.000
    Psychology, Understanding Human Behaviour
    This course is an introduction to native psychology. It introduces the psychological understanding of human nature developed in tribal thought. These understandings include; 1) the development of the individual through the stages of life; 2) an introduction to ceremonial practices which promote healthy individuals, families systems, and communities; and 3) an introduction to the dynamics of native psychology as it relates to the client in recovery. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    ADCT-294 - Credits: 3.000
    Ethics and the Law
    This course is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of ethics, laws, and confidentiality as they relate to the chemical addictions counseling profession. The course focuses on the code of ethics of addiction counsellors, legal and moral standards, confidentiality, discrimination, client welfare, public statements, competence, client-counsellor relationships, responsibility, and interpersonal relationships with regards to the role of the counsellor. Cultural diversity is always an integral component of the course work. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission.
    CRIM-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Criminology
    This course provides a general overview of criminology. It explores the history and evolution of criminological theories and reviews criminological concepts: crime, delinquency, deviance, victim, offender, rehabilitation, and treatment. The course also addresses the relationship between theory and practice, the interdisciplinary nature of criminology, and the application of criminology with a focus on Aboriginal peoples of Canada. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples.
    CRIM-103 - Credits: 3.000
    Psychological Explanations Of Criminal And Deviant Behavior
    This course introduces and critically examines biogenetic, psychiatric, and psychological explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour. Special attention will be given to the theoretical links between criminality and genetics, physiology, mental disorders, the endocrine system, personality, moral development and the impact of residential schools, poverty, and mental illness. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples, Recommended: PSYC 111 & 121
    CRIM-131 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Criminal Justice System
    The course will examine the various components of the criminal justice system, and patterns of crime and victimization in Canada, with particular attention paid to Aboriginal issues. Police operations, decision-making options, courts, sentencing and corrections will be reviewed in the context of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. In addition, this course will explore Aboriginal traditional and contemporary justice philosophies and initiatives and the youth justice system, including culturally relevant and community-based models. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples.
    CRIM-135 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Canadian Law
    This course is a general introduction to the fundamental and competing principles of jurisprudence and to the basic legal institutions of Canada. It focuses on the history of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations and interactions with the Canadian legal system. It also reviews the development of Canadian law, and the roles and responsibilities of community members, elders and legal professionals. It explores legal reasoning and application, the doctrine of precedent, principles of statutory interpretation, the fields of contract, torts, and administrative and family law. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples, Recommended: CRIM 131.
    CRIM-220 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Research Methods
    This introductory course explores qualitative and quantitative approaches to social science research. Students will explore the basics of social scientific research from a social science/criminological perspective. This introductory course will provide students with an overview of the nature of research, models of social scientific research, bridging theory and data, research ethics, sampling, observational methods, obtrusive and unobtrusive research techniques, types of research strategies, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. The first half of each class will be devoted to research method theory and application, the second half of the class will be devoted to how to write a research proposal and report. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: 2nd year (200 level)
    CRIM-230 - Credits: 3.000
    Criminal Law
    This course reviews the nature, scope and basic principles of criminal law in Canada. Students will study fundamental legal concepts such as mens rea, negligence and strict liability. The course will analyze the concept of criminal responsibility in Canada and it will critically examine the legislative policies expressed in the Criminal Code. In addition to the exploration of the basic elements of a criminal offence this course will review criminal law as it pertains to and affects Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal populations including the examination of legal principles as they relate to specific Aboriginal crimes and major defences. This course will also review the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Indian Act on criminal law. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: CRIM 135
    ENGL-110 - Credits: 3.000
    English Composition
    English 110 prepares students to write successful college essays. This course focuses on the writing process. Students will learn how to develop, organize, write, revise, document, and edit essays. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor.
    ENGL-204 - Credits: 3.000
    Business Writing
    This course will prepare students to communicate in both oral and written discourses across a variety of organizational contexts. Through a series of practical exercises and theoretical discussions, students will learn to assess the communicational requirements of an organizational context, to select the type of discourse most appropriate to that context, and to respond to the context in a perspicuous, concrete, organized, and persuasive style of speaking or writing. In simulated experiences, students will write various forms of business letters, memos, reports, project proposals, cover letters, and résumés. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 110
    FNST-100 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to First Nations Studies I
    This course is designed to introduce students to concepts of colonialism and indigenous reaction to it. Students will learn about the following: the origins of indigenous peoples in Canada; the rise of Europe and its world-wide empires; European colonialism in the Americas; Canadian forms of colonialism and neo-colonialism; the aftermath of colonialism, and indigenous reactions to the above. The experiences of indigenous peoples in North America, particularly Canada, will be the focus of our reading and discussions. The experiences of indigenous peoples in Central and South America will also be considered. More Details on this course
    HLTH-201 - Credits: 3.000
    Physical Health and Fitness
    The aim of this course is to provide students with introductory knowledge regarding improvement in health and physical fitness for the enhancement of a healthy lifestyle and total well being. Students will examine the elements of muscular fitness, cardiovascular fitness, balance and flexibility as it relates to healthful living. Specifically, students will learn to develop personal exercise programs and understand the health implications of physical activity, physical fitness and nutrition. Furthermore, students will improve their current level of physical fitness. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / MATH-059 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples, or equivalent and MATH 11 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
    LEPP-165 - Credits: 4.000
    Introduction To Law Enforcement
    This course provides an overview of law enforcement in Canada. Students will be introduced to police responsibilities including patrol, motor vehicle crashes/stops, investigations, major/minor crime scenes and report writing. The students are introduced to ethics, professionalism and discretion as police officers or any occupation viewed as an authority figure. Lastly, students learn about C.A.P.R.A (Clients, Acquire, Partnership, Response, Assessment), a problem-solving model used by police officers. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: LEPP 120
    LEPP-170 - Credits: 2.000
    Aboriginal Policing
    This is an experiential field course where students will observe law enforcement practices. The field trip will be centered around a visit to a RCMP training cadet academy. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: LEPP 100 / LEPP 120
    LEPP-180 - Credits: 3.000
    Field Practicum
    This field practicum will demonstrate various aspects of work involved with law enforcement careers such as: shift work, applying administrative duties, importance of report writing, process of detainment, and the significance of communication. It will develop effective use of people skills and enhance leadership qualities. The field practicum will assist students in developing their understanding and appreciation of law enforcement and its complexities. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: LEPP 150 / LEPP 140 / LEPP 130 / LEPP 165 / LEPP 170
    SOCI-200 - Credits: 3.000
    The Nature of Racism
    This course examines the nature of racism and solutions to it from a historical, political, sociological, and cultural perceptive. This course will also look at race and culture as a social concept recognizing the impact of dominant majority group values, norms, and conflicting ideologies that inevitably lead to inequitable social and economic structures in Canada. Racism is analyzed by looking how it is manifested in government, education, media, human services, employment, justice and law enforcement. Finally, the concept of democratic racism will be explored as well as the policies and practices that support or attempt to dissolve its existence. More Details on this course
    STAT-203 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    This is an introduction course into the discipline of statistics with an emphasis upon applications within the social sciences. The course provides students with an overview of statistical methods that includes scales, measures of central tendency, frequency distributions, normal distributions, sample distributions, hypothesis testing (also known as significance testing), variability, probability, z-scores, analysis of variance, estimation, and linear regression and correlation. The student will learn to apply these descriptive and inferential statistical methods in interpretations of data and analyses of behavioural research pertaining to the social sciences. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or Math 11 Foundations. Please note Math 059 or Pre-Calculus 11 is recommended / MATH 057
    STSC-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Strategies for Success 101
    This course is a hybrid incorporating both online and classroom teaching. It introduces the students to college academic culture and connects them to the resources that will aid in their success. The course covers a variety of topics including: test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, online research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2017 (January - April)

  • ACHD-230-V1
  • ADCT-294-V1
  • CRIM-131-V1
  • CRIM-131-X01
  • CRIM-135-V1
  • CRIM-135-X01
  • CRIM-230-X01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • HLTH-201-01
  • LEPP-170-01
  • LEPP-180-01
  • SOCI-200-01
  • SOCI-200-V1
  • Summer 2017 (May - August)

  • ADCT-102-V1
  • Fall 2017 (September - December)

  • ACHD-230-V1
  • CRIM-101-V1
  • CRIM-101-X01
  • CRIM-103-V1
  • CRIM-103-X01
  • CRIM-220-V1
  • CRIM-220-X01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • ENGL-204-V1
  • FNST-100-V1
  • FNST-100-X01
  • LEPP-165-01
  • STAT-203-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Spring 2018 (January - April)

  • ADCT-294-V1
  • CRIM-131-V1
  • CRIM-131-X01
  • CRIM-135-V1
  • CRIM-135-X01
  • CRIM-230-V1
  • CRIM-230-X01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • HLTH-201-01
  • LEPP-165-01
  • LEPP-170-01
  • LEPP-180-01
  • SOCI-200-01
  • SOCI-200-V1
  • STAT-203-01
  • STSC-101-01
  • Summer 2018 (May - August)

  • ADCT-102-V1

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