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.

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
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Last updated February 15, 2024


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Got questions? Contact Ronda Landsfried, Academic Advisor in the Department of Indigenous Studies.

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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:

  • Indigenous community administration 
  • Policy analysis or research
  • Indigenous environmental resource management
  • Community activism
  • Secondary or post-secondary teaching
  • Indigenous museology and art
  • Law, human rights, and justice
  • Indigenous community consultant
  • Cultural resource management in Indigenous communities
  • Public administration, civil service, and governance
  • Media

“As a student, you learn about Indigenous ways of being and knowing, and there is so much beauty in applying that in your life. I found a real sense of community in Indigenous Studies. The knowledge Indigenous people hold is powerful, as a student you will learn so much, even about yourself. It raises your level of consciousness. What you learn in Indigenous Studies can open doors, and we need Indigenous peoples embedded in all systems to make change.”

Sarah Rain 

2022 Graduating class | Indigenous Studies Major

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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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