Careers for Indigenous Studies

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Careers in Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies focuses on the intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous Peoples in the areas of history, language, medicine, health and wellness, creative arts, literature, economy, activism, community and political dynamics, peacebuilding, spirituality and traditional ecological knowledge. 


The degree also examines a wide range of topics including history, health, literature, land claims, environment and self-determination.

Employers seek out the skills acquired by Indigenous Studies graduates, such as

  • Utilize and draw from the theoretical foundations of Indigenous Studies within the University and beyond, including Indigenous forms of governance, problem-solving, approaches to wellness, conflict resolution, and sustainable relationships to the natural world. 
  • Critically read, think, research and write. 
  • Understand and articulate the historical narratives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples from an Indigenous perspective. 
  • Integrate Western theories with Indigenous approaches to knowledge and articulate how and why the systems merge, overlap and dissect. 
  • Identify research initiatives and develop educational resources with, and for, First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities. 
  • Develop meaningful and innovative ways to enhance Indigenous knowledge within the University, the community and in a variety of settings to ensure its continued survival in the future. 

Examples of Indigenous Studies career paths*

  • Education/Outreach 
  • Law 
  • Advocacy/Social Services 
  • Policy/Governance 
  • Community Development 
  • International Development/Affairs 
  • Communications 
  • Humanitarian Efforts 
  • Administration/Management

* This is not an exhaustive list, but it is a start in your career exploration. 

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