BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Aboriginal Leadership in the Justice System Certificate


Department: CAREER TRAINING (JUSTICE STUDIES)
Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Vancouver
Credential: Certificate
Format: Part-Time
Start Dates: TBD

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.


Admission Requirements


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 Completion Plan
  • 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
  • Course Listing for this program

    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
    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.
    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
    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
    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
    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 2018 (January - April)


  • CRIM-131-V1
  • CRIM-131-X01
  • CRIM-135-V1
  • CRIM-135-X01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • HLTH-201-01
  • LEPP-165-01
  • SOCI-200-01
  • SOCI-200-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • Summer 2018 (May - August)


  • ADCT-102-V1
  • Fall 2018 (September - December)


  • CRIM-101-V1
  • CRIM-101-X01
  • CRIM-103-V1
  • CRIM-103-X01
  • CRIM-131-V1
  • CRIM-131-X01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • LEPP-165-01
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Spring 2019 (January - April)


  • ADCT-102-V1
  • CRIM-135-V1
  • CRIM-135-X01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • HLTH-201-01
  • SOCI-200-01
  • SOCI-200-V1
  • Summer 2019 (May - August)


  • ADCT-102-01
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