Bachelor of Indigenous Land Stewardship

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

The Bachelor of Indigenous Land Stewardship program will help train the next generation of land stewards alongside Indigenous scholars, well-prepared allies, Elders, and knowledge keepers in culturally appropriate ways.

Why this program?

  • Has entrance requirements reflective of honouring and valuing the knowledges and experiences of Indigenous Peoples
  • Provides Indigenous-led education taught by Indigenous scholars, well-prepared allies, Elders, and knowledge keepers
  • Utilizes a highly relational, multi-disciplinary, multi-knowledge, and land-based system approach to learning
  • Fosters Indigenous-led land healing and action-oriented reconciliation
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
  • Degree: Bachelor of Indigenous Land Stewardship
  • Length 4.0 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Indigenous Peoples around the world are reclaiming and revitalizing their lands and stewardship of them. This cultural resurgence is catalyzing Nations and other Indigenous groups to strengthen their systems of governance, build economic opportunities, and bring knowledge systems together to ensure community capacity, sustainability, and resiliency in an uncertain climate future.


This interdisciplinary program has been created to bring together Indigenous students and students interested in becoming well-prepared allies to provide instruction in diverse areas such as Indigenous ways of knowing, ecology, law and governance, economics, communication, business management, research and data management methods, and community capacity building.

Experiential learning and research

As a Bachelor of Indigenous Land Stewardship student, you will participate in three field courses; one at the beginning of Year 1, 2, and 3 that are specifically land-based. One additional course with a strong field component will be done by students individually in their fourth year.

Campus features

The award-winning Forest Sciences Centre on UBC’s Vancouver campus offers wireless study space, high-tech classrooms, and labs equipped with the latest technology.

The Faculty of Forestry also has two major research forests in British Columbia, and jointly manages a third, altogether totalling 25,000 hectares or more than 60,000 acres.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Surrounded by 750 hectares of forest, UBC offers the chance to study in a forested environment. Learn from award-winning faculty members in the nature-inspired Forest Sciences Centre, whose main atrium and study area feature giant live plants and a large skylight supported by massive wood beams. As a Faculty of Forestry student, you'll also have access to two research forests for field schools and other learning opportunities.

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Your future

The Bachelor of Indigenous Land Stewardship program trains Indigenous Peoples and allies for careers with governments, resource sector businesses, private consulting and ENGOs involved with Indigenous resource stewardship. Students will be prepared to be policy, public administration, or resource experts who can work with Indigenous and Western knowledge systems emphasizing approaches for holistic and sustainable natural resource management.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Indigenous Land Stewardship

  • One of IB Biology (strongly recommended), IB Chemistry, IB Physics or IB Environmental Sciences

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in Grade 11 and Grade 12.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences: Biology 11 or IB Biology HL or SL is strongly recommended
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