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Experience Makes a Difference

Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Indigenous Studies?

Indigenous Studies focuses on the intellectual, cultural, and socio-political traditions of Indigenous peoples. It offers a unique approach to education by leading with Indigenous ways of knowing in academic scholarship.

2. What are the program options for Indigenous Studies and what GPA/courses do I need?

The program options are:
Honours Indigenous Studies (B.A.)
Combined Honours in Indigenous Studies and Another Subject (B.A.)
Combined Program in Indigenous Studies and Another Subject (B.A.)
Minor in Indigenous Studies

3. What can I do after graduation with an Indigenous Studies degree?

In the Indigenous Studies Program, students learn about Indigenous cultures, spirituality, social systems, history, language, and contemporary issues. Students also develop a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base, which can lead to careers in the fields of:

- Education

- Advocacy & Social Services

- Business

- Law

- Policy & Governance

- Medicine & Health Care

- Graduate Studies

4. What are some experiential opportunities in the program?

The Indigenous Studies Program believes that in order to deliver the most knowledge-rich courses possible, we must incorporate knowledge keepers and elders from local indigenous communities into both academic programming and service delivery for students. For example, the Elder in Residence Program, who pays weekly visits and does crafts with students, advises and shares cultural knowledge with the community.

5. Who will I learn from?

A mix of community experts, and elders, and world-class research academics teach Indigenous Studies courses.

6. What sorts of Learning Models are used?

The Indigenous Studies Program employs a variety of diverse and holistic learning models in order to offer a dynamic and student-focused education, with a focus on experiential education, alternative assessments, and community-engaged scholarship.

7. I want to take Indigenous Studies as a minor. Which Programs would this compliment?

An Indigenous Studies minor adds context and value to students in many fields within the Social Sciences, including Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology.

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