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Aboriginal Mentor Support

Course Code: FINA 1100
Faculty: Student and Enrolment Services
Department: First Nations
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course helps aboriginal students learn to work as peer helpers, mentors and tutors. Students learn about aboriginal teachings and get training in peer support skills and peer tutoring strategies. The focus of the training is for students to learn to help their peers in ways that empower those being helped.

Course Content

  1. Aboriginal Cultural Understandings
    1. History
      • Impacts of the Residential School Era
      • Family Status
      • Family Tree
    2. Traditional Values and Teachings
    3. Teachings of the Medicine Wheel
    4. Aboriginal Ceremonies
  2. Communication Skills
    1. Listening
    2. Speaking
    3. Assertiveness
  3. Principles of Helping
  4. Understanding Self and Others as Holistic Beings
    1. Values, needs, roles, and personal style
    2. Individual differences
  5. Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships
    1. Roles and Relationships of peer tutors and helpers 
    2. Creating productive helping and tutoring relationships
  6. Characteristics of the Successful Learner
    1. Knowledge
    2. Skills
    3. Attitudes
  7. Principles of Tutoring
  8. Structure of a Tutoring Session
  9. Tutoring Techniques
  10. Ethical Issues in Peer Helping

Methods of Instruction

Classes will be experiential in nature using a combination of short lectures, demonstrations, structured activities, and group discussions. Students will participate in role plays and other exercises designed to focus on developing specific aspects of helping skills. Video and audio equipment may be used in practice and for evaluation purposes.

Means of Assessment

Selection of evaluation and assessment tools for this course will be based on:

  1. Adherence to college policy regarding number and weighting of evaluations.
  2. A combination of evaluation instruments that includes opportunities for students to demonstrate different ways of knowing i.e. individual, group, oral, written, descriptive, reflective, practice.
  3. A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive.
  4. Evaluation being used as a teaching and learning tool for both students and instructors.
  5. Commitment to student participation in evaluation through such processes as self and peer evaluation, participation in instrument  design and course/instructor evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in a helping role.
  2. Recognize and respect individual differences that affect learning and life choices.
  3. Promote personal and academic skill development of self and others.
  4. Help other students access information and resources.
  5. Help others in an ethical manner.
  6. Develop an increased understanding of his/her aboriginal culture.

course prerequisites

Instructor permission

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.