Indigenous Studies

Partner with Indigenous communities and work with Indigenous scholars to restore and revitalize traditional knowledges, ancient and modern aesthetics, languages and literatures. As a community of learners, the Department of Indigenous Studies connect academic rigor and Indigenous perspectives through activist research, creative production and community engagement.

Indigenous studies offers sequential, comprehensive learning rooted in traditional and contemporary Aboriginal logic, methodology, practice and theory. Engaging and interdisciplinary, Indigenous studies courses address, inform and reflect a wide range of academic disciplines including archaeology, history, gender, sexuality, and women's studies, linguistics, cultural resource management, sociology and anthropology, fine arts, criminology, English, and more.

About Indigenous studies

This program studies traditional and contemporary issues involving Indigenous peoples of North America and Canada in particular. Designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, its focus is on Indigenous knowledge, cultures, languages, and histories, as well as the development of federal and provincial policy toward Indigenous peoples, Indigenous rights and title questions, economic development and self-government. The INDG major and minor critically presents and examines these issues with the perspectives of Indigenous peoples, and will present research methods pertinent to past, present and future issues affecting Indigenous peoples.

In Indigenous studies programs you will:

  • Engage in comprehensive and interactive learning
  • Gain expert traditional knowledge
  • Study contemporary intersectionality
  • Learn from Indigenous faculty and experts
  • Develop your social research and hands-on skills
  • Engage in peer learning

Career pathways

Indigenous studies opens up numerous pathways to a multitude of career options, particularly in or relating to the Indigenous community of Canada. These include but are not limited to:

  • Aboriginal community administration
  • Policy analysis or research
  • First Nations environmental resource management
  • Community activism
  • Secondary or post-secondary teaching
  • Aboriginal language instruction
  • First Nations museology and art
  • Law, human rights and justice
  • Consulting on First Nations in the private or public sector
  • Cultural resource management in First Nations communities
  • Public administration, civil service and governance
  • Media

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Many Canadians learn about the history of Indigenous children only in the context of residential schools and Truth and Reconciliation. However, not all Indigenous children attended residential schools, and they experienced mistreatment from the government even in their home communities. In this lecture, we will explore the history and current implications of Jordan's Principle, a goal by the Canadian government to help Indigenous children access medical services more easily. We will examine documents from the past to see how the government's relationship with Indigenous children changed over time.

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Got questions about Indigenous studies? Please contact Phil Cunningham, Academic Advisor in the Department of Indigenous Studies.

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