Minor

The Indigenous Studies Minor program will allow you to study traditional and contemporary issues involving Aboriginal peoples of North America and Canada and it is designed for both First Nations and non-First Nations students. Your focus will be on First Nations cultures, languages, Indigenous knowledge and histories as well as Indigenous-Settler relations, the development of federal and provincial policy toward Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal rights and title questions, economic development and self-government. 

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Lower Division Requirements

Students complete at least 9 units including

  • INDG 101 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3)
  • INDG 201W - Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History (3)

and at least one course from

  • INDG 110W - International Indigenous Lifewriting (4)
  • INDG 111 - Introduction to Participatory Indigenous Research Methods (3)
  • INDG 212 - Indigenous Perceptions of Landscape (3)
  • INDG 222 - Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies (3) *
  • INDG 232 - Introduction to Ethnoecology in First Nations Studies (3)
  • INDG 286 - Indigenous Peoples and British Columbia: An Introduction (3)

Other courses which have First Nations content may be applied toward the major as an elective, subject to approval by the department. Students are advised to consult the program advisor.

* may be completed more than once when offered as a different topic

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 15 units, including at least six units from the following:

  • INDG 301 - Issues in Applied Indigenous Studies Research (3)
  • INDG 401 - Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy (3)
  • INDG 402W - The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples (3)
  • INDG 403 - Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World (3)

AND at least 9 units chosen from:

  • ARCH 378 - Pacific Northwest North America (3)
  • ARCH 386 - Archaeological Resource Management (3)
  • INDG 301 - Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research (3) ***
  • INDG 322 - Special Topics in First Nations Studies (0) ++

more courses

  • INDG 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4) + or HIST 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4) +
  • INDG 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4) + or HIST 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4) +
  • INDG 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4) † or GSWS 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4) +
  • INDG 329 - Sexuality and Gender: Indigenous Perspectives (3)
  • INDG 332 - Ethnobotany of British Columbia First Nations (3)
  • INDG 333 - Ethnozoology of British Columbia First Nations (3)
  • INDG 353W - First Nations Heritage Stewardship (3)
  • INDG 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4) + or ENGL 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4) +
  • INDG 363 - Indigenous Poetry, Poetics, Printmaking (4)
  • INDG 376 - Indigenous Weaving Technologies: Community of Beings (4)
  • INDG 383 - Indigenous Technology: Art and Sustainability (4)
  • INDG 401 - Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy (3) ***
  • INDG 402W - The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples (3) ***
  • INDG 403 - Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World (3) ***
  • INDG 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3) + or CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3) +
  • FNST 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3) + or CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3) +
  • INDG 433 - Indigenous Environmental Justice and Activism (4)
  • INDG 442 - Directed Readings in Indigenous  Studies (3)
  • INDG 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) + or HIST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) +
  • INDG 447 - Directed Studies in Indigenous Studies (3)
  • INDG 462 - Indigenous Oral Testimony: Theory, Practice, Purpose, Community (4)
  • LING 430 - Aboriginal Languages of the Americas (3)
  • LING 431 - Language Structures I (3) +++
  • LING 432 - Language Structures II (3) +++
  • SA 386 - The Ethnography of Politics (SA) (4)
  • SA 388 - Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples (A) (4)
*** when not used toward requirement of six units core requirement of six upper division units
+ only one of the two courses may be used
++ may be completed more than once when offered as a different topic
+++ only when the topic is an Aboriginal language; preferably in the same language in both courses

Other courses which have First Nations content may be applied toward the minor as an elective, subject to approval by the program advisor. Credit accumulated in the certificate in Indigenous Studies Research may be applied toward the minor in Indigenous Studies.

Scholarships

A wide range of scholarships and bursaries are available to students enrolled in Indigenous Studies. Please visit SFU Financial Aid and Awards for a comprehensive listing of available internal and external awards.

Questions?

To enroll or for more information, please contact the Indigenous Studies' academic advisor.

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