Aboriginal Education

Our Department of Aboriginal Education offers people of Aboriginal descent, as well as people wishing to teach Aboriginal learners, with the opportunity to learn or increase their knowledge of a Native language, and to learn to become a teacher.

As part of the Faculty of Education, our undergraduate programs give you the knowledge, qualifications and cultural understanding to make a difference in your students' lives. We use a multidisciplinary approach to address the academic, cultural and traditional needs of Aboriginal students, educators and communities. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Teaching practices as they relate to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students
  • Planning and teaching lessons that apply to different types of learners
  • Aboriginal culture and practices as they relate to education

As well, some programs give you the opportunity to learn:

  • Aboriginal languages to communicate with learners

There are two undergraduate degree programs to choose from, which lead to certification by the Ontario College of Teachers (OTC), and will allow you to teach in both Band-operated and provincial schools:

Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal) Primary-Junior

This five-year degree program prepares you to teach at the Primary-Junior (P/J) level (from kindergarten to grade 6). During the first two years you will take courses on the following topics:

  • Indigenous Learning
  • English
  • General Sciences
  • Visual Arts
  • Cree
  • Ojibwe

In your final two years you will focus on educational theories and practices  and complete an Honours project that demonstrates your learning in an original and culturally appropriate way.

Native Teacher Education Program (NTEP)

The Native Teacher Education Program (NTEP) was created to increase the number of qualified Native teachers in Ontario. As a student, you will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous Learning, while concurrently working toward a Bachelor of Education degree. This is a five year degree leading to teaching certification at the Intermediate-Senior (I/S) level.

We also offer a Native Languages Certificate or Diploma program, leading to a restricted certificate with the Ontario College of Teachers, that allows you teach native languages:

Native Language Instructors' Program (NLIP)

This program has two components taught during summer sessions:

  • Native Language Instructors' Diploma Program
  • Native Language Teacher's Certification

Lakehead Advantage

Our location in Northwestern Ontario makes Lakehead University the ideal institution to study Aboriginal Education. In 2011, 9.8% of Thunder Bay's population identified as Aboriginal, 26.4% of whom were under the age of 14. As a student of Aboriginal Education you will be on the forefront of innovative programming to support Aboriginal communities and protect Aboriginal heritage, identity and languages. 

Our programs use holistic teaching techniques to help nurture your mind as well as your emotions, spirit and physical body. We believe that by embracing your learning needs and new experiences, you will be able to successfully share knowledge with others.

We maintain a number of partnerships with Aboriginal communities, schools and organizations that ensure you will receive a well-rounded education and many opportunities to apply your knowledge post-graduation. Many of our graduates have been employed by, for example, Matawa First Nations Management, the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, Fort William First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation and many more organizations, thanks to our partnerships.

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International Secondary School/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

    Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Attended a university and successful completion of university level course work since leaving high school/college;
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum overall average of C or 60%.
Canadian Bible College
 General Admission Requirements:
  • A minimum overall average of C / 60% or equivalent;
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Please Select Your Applicant Type

  • Indigenous Teacher Education Program
    Degree:
    Education
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to the English prerequisite requirement are accepted. College transfer students entering via a transfer pathway are not required to satisfy the English prerequisite requirement.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage
    Other Admission Requirements & Important Information:
    Proof of Aboriginal ancestry may be required.
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U) or equivalent
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B


As a first year student your course requirements will be determined by your chosen program and, if applicable, your partnering discipline. For more information about your first year requirements, visit our Aboriginal Education Course Calendar.

For many of our programs you will be required to participate in hands-on student-teacher placements to observe effective teaching practices, apply instructional approaches in a classroom setting and experience mentoring from an associate teacher. You will experience 100 days of in-class placement over two years, providing you with exceptional insight into the discipline and on-the-job training. Visit our Teaching Practicum page for more information. 

With support from the Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services, we offer many holistic learning opportunities and services that will advance your knowledge of Aboriginal culture outside of the classroom, including:

  • Elder-in-Residence Program
  • Smudging
  • Seasonal Feasts
  • Medicine Garden
  • Drumming and Beading Circles

There are also financial service opportunities exclusive to Aboriginal students including scholarships, awards, bursaries and employment.


More information about Payment Methods, and Payment Due Dates can be found here: Student Fees Information



Education (Concurrent)
Thunder Bay
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$6,229.32
$0.00
$1,154.37
$7,383.69
$3,691.85
$3,691.84
$1,245.86
$1,354.53
$622.93
$677.27
2
$6,199.52
$0.00
$1,134.37
$7,333.89
$3,666.95
$3,666.94
$1,239.90
$1,348.57
$619.95
$674.29
3
$6,157.35
$0.00
$1,134.37
$7,291.72
$3,645.86
$3,645.86
$1,231.47
$1,340.14
$615.74
$670.07
4-6
$5,619.22
$0.00
$1,134.37
$6,753.59
$3,376.80
$3,376.79
$1,123.84
$1,232.51
$561.92
$616.26
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE TotalPart-time Ancillary Fees Override
1
$23,731.00
$0.00
$1,154.37
$24,885.37
$12,442.69
$12,442.68
$4,746.20
$4,854.87
$2,373.10
$2,427.44
2-6
$23,731.00
$0.00
$1,134.37
$24,865.37
$12,432.69
$12,432.68
$4,746.20
$4,854.87
$2,373.10
$2,427.44
In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP

2019-2020 Undergraduate Full-Time Ancillary Fees (Thunder Bay)CodeAmountOpt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES:   
Lakehead University Services Fees   
Athletic Building FundSABFF70.00No
Student Athletic SocietySATHF117.94No
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF25.00No
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF62.02No
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF30.00No
Essential LU Services Subtotal 304.96 
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fees    
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS24.89 No
LUSU Capital FundSBLDF51.03 No
LUSU Medical/DentalSMEDF *392.07 See Below
LUSU Bus PassSLBUS **198.95 No
Essential LUSU Fees Subtotal 646.94 
Essential LU & LUSU Services Fees Subtotal: 951.90 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES   
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSF77.23Yes
 LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS156.12Yes
Fees Passed by Student Referenda:   
Aboriginal Programming FeeSLRAB2.00Yes
AFCASA African Caribbean Student Association FeeSLRAF 0.50 Yes
Nanabijou FeeSLRNA5.00Yes
Social Action FeeSLRSA2.00Yes 
SustainabilitySLRSU5.50Yes
WUSC - World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU7.00Yes
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) FeeSLCSF17.12Yes
LU Radio FeeSRADF10.00Yes
Non-Essential Fees Subtotal: 182.47 
TOTAL Potential Undergraduate Full-Time Ancillary Fees (Thunder Bay) 1,134.37 

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance (SMEDF) policy is effective September 1, for the 12 months ending August 31. All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee. Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions. Opting out does not remove the fee from your student account. For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

 Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.

**
The LUSU Bus Pass Fee (SLBUS):  All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.


2019-20 Undergraduate Full-Time Ancillary Fees for First Year  Students (Thunder Bay)
 Code AmountOpt Out Potential?
First Year Students Orientation Fee SORIE 20.00No
Total Potential Undergraduate Full-Time Ancillary Fees: 1,134.37 
 TOTAL Potential Ancillary Fees for First Year Students (Thunder Bay):
  1,154.37 
2019-20 Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students - Per Course (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)
Amount (0.5FCE)Opt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES:    
Athletic Building FundSABFF14.007.00No
Student Athletic SocietySATHF23.5911.79No
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF5.002.50No
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF12.406.20No
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF6.003.00No
LUSU Capital FundSBLDF10.215.10No
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS20.980.49No
ESSENTIAL Fees Subtotal: 72.1836.09 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSF 15.457.72Yes
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services Fee SLUS111.225.61Yes
Aboriginal Programming Fee SLRAB0.400.20Yes
AFCASA African Caribbean Student Association FeeSLRAF0.100.05Yes
 Nanabijou Fee SLRNA1.00  0.50Yes
Social Action FeeSLRSA0.400.20Yes
Sustainability FeeSLRSU1.100.55Yes
WUSC World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Student) FeeSLRWU1.400.70Yes
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) FeeSLCFS3.421.71Yes
LU Radio FeeSRADF2.001.00Yes
NON-ESSENTIAL fees Subtotal: 36.4918.25 
TOTAL Potential Per Course Ancillary Fees (Thunder Bay): 108.6754.34 
     
2019-20 Distance Education Courses or Co-op (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE) Opt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS20.980.49No
ESSENTIAL fees Subtotal: 0.980.49 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSF15.457.72 
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS111.225.61 
Aboriginal Programming FeeSLRAB0.400.20 
AFCASA African Caribbean Student Association FeeSLRAF0.100.05 
Nanabijou FeeSLRNA1.000.50 
Social Action FeeSLRSA0.400.20 
Sustainability FeeSLRSU1.100.55 
WUSC World University Service of Canad (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU1.400.70 
CFS Fee (Canadian Federation of Students)SLCFS3.421.71  
 NON-ESSENTIAL Fees Subtotal:  34.49 17.25 
 TOTAL Potential Ancillary Fees for Distance Education or Co-Op (Thunder Bay):  35.4717.74  
     
2019-20  Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia) Code AmountOpt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES   
Lakehead University Services Fees   
Student Athletic SocietySATHO94.37No
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO25.00No
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO62.02No
Essential LU Services Subtotal 181.39 
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee   
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS44.89No
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO51.03No
LUSU U-Pass Fee **SLBUO141.45No
LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance *SMEDF392.07See Below
Essential LUSU Services Subtotal 589.44 
ESSENTIAL Full-Time Student Ancillary Fees (Orillia) Subtotal: 770.83 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES   
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSO77.23Yes
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS356.12Yes
WUSC World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU7.00Yes
CFS (Canadian Federation of Student) FeeSLCSF17.12Yes
NON-ESSENTIAL Full-Time Student Ancillary Fees (Orillia) Subtotal 157.47 
TOTAL Potential Full-Time Student Ancillary Fees (Orillia) 948.30 

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance (SMEDF) policy is effective September 1, for the 12 months ending August 31. All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee. Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions. Opting out does not remove the fee from your student account. For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

 Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.

**
The LUSU Bus Pass Fee (SLBUO):  All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.


 

2019-20 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Orillia) Code Amount
1st Year Students Orientation FeeSORIO20.00
LUSU and LU Services Total 928.30
Total 948.30
2019-20 Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)Opt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES:    
Student Athletic SocietySATHO18.879.44No
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO5.002.50No
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO12.406.20No
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO10.215.10No
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS40.980.49No
ESSENTIAL Ancillary Fees Subtotal: 11.185.59 
 NON-ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSO15.457.72Yes
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS311.225.61Yes
WUSC World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU1.40.70Yes
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) FeeSLCSF3.421.71Yes
NON-ESSENTIAL Ancillary Fees Subtotal: 31.4915.75 
TOTAL Potential Per Course Ancillary Fee (Orillia): 78.9639.48 
     
2019-20  Distance Education Courses Or Co-op (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)Opt-Out Potential
ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS40.980.49No
ESSENTIAL Fees Subtotal: 0.980.49 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSO15.457.72Yes
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS311.225.61Yes
WUSC World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU1.400.70Yes
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES SUBTOTAL: 31.4915.75 
TOTAL Potential Distance Education or Co-Op Ancillary Fee (Orillia): 32.4716.24