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Indigenous Studies

Work more effectively with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples by learning about traditional teachings, theories, and practices.


Explore the cultural insights and strengths essential for the creation of a healthy future for the next seven generations.

The Indigenous Studies program promotes an understanding of Indigenous peoples, their traditions, aspirations, and participation in local, national and international communities. The program welcomes Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and is inclusive of First Nations, Inuit and Métis perspectives.

In this long-standing program (dating back to 1975), the possibilities for experience-based learning are unparalleled. Courses are available on topics including Anishinaabe and Cree language and culture, politics and law, social justice, traditional environmental knowledge, and health and wellness.

The department excels in the innovative and land-based teaching of Indigenous knowledge. Indigenous students at the University of Sudbury have access to specific support services and bursaries, the Indigenous Nishnaabe-gkendaaswin Teg arbour, and a designated lounge where academic assistance is readily available. 

Key Features

Program is inclusive of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Access to Elders available for knowledge sharing and counselling, and a lounge with assistance on academic matters from the departmental Chair are keys to student success.
Benefit from the study of “the spirit of things,” as opposed to empirical or entrepreneurial approaches.

Career Opportunities

Education, environment, natural resources, arts, history, research, health, law, politics, social work, public, private, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) sectors, provincial or federal government, within First Nations communities, urban aboriginal organizations, aboriginal relations branches of resource-based private corporations.

Gabrielle Pellerin – Graduate

“As an Indigenous student, I chose a degree in Indigenous Studies at the University of Sudbury because of the experiential learning and community focus of the program. Having the opportunity to take part in ceremonies, be enrolled in land-based learning courses, and learn from elders has been significant in my learning and in my growth as an Indigenous woman.  To all prospective students, I strongly encourage you to enroll in a program of study that drives your passion, connects you with the community in which you are studying, and helps you to establish your purpose.”

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