Indigenous Studies

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

The experiential learning possible in the Indigenous Studies program is unparalleled.

The department excels in innovative and land-based teaching in Indigenous knowledge and practice within traditional and contemporary contexts.

Students also have access to Elders who are available for knowledge sharing and counselling. In addition, a lounge is dedicated to students enrolled in the program where assistance on academic matters is readily available from the departmental Chair.

Academic Advisor

Lucien Pelletier

Telephone: 705-673-5661 x 304

Email: lpelletier@usudbury.ca

Office: Secretary: Mary Recollet, 705.673.5661 x 225

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Please note that that admission for the online Major and the Specialization in Indigenous Studies have been suspended.

The University of Sudbury’s Department of Indigenous Studies promotes an understanding of Indigenous knowledge, culture, traditions, aspirations and the historical basis of contemporary Indigenous issues, which is of great value for anyone, and in any profession. Students will develop multicultural awareness and critical thinking abilities that can be used to address the complex environmental, social, and health issues facing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities around the world today. The entire program is grounded in the study of “the spirit of things,” as opposed to empirical or entrepreneurial approaches.

Political issues covered in the program encompass Aboriginal and treaty rights, governance and decolonization, Indigenous sovereignty and settler relations in both the Canadian and international contexts. The program considers social justice issues in the context of family and community life and from the perspectives of social policy and family law.

Focusing on our collective responsibility to care for the natural environment, the program takes a traditional ecological knowledge approach to environmental challenges at the local and international level. Cooperative, community-based practices towards effective stewardship and sustainability are also an important focus of this program.

Cultural studies courses focus on the interplay of traditional values, identity, spirituality and language. Courses on tradition and culture, art, literature and performance facilitate a fuller understanding of this interplay. Since language is an integral component of Indigenous knowledge and provides insights into a community and culture, courses on Nishnaabemwin and Cree are offered.

The program also addresses contemporary health challenges facing Indigenous people. It explores insights and strengths offered by culturally-based health practices and protocols as potential foundations for the creation of a healthy future for the next seven generations.

The program also offers a number of distance education courses, part-time studies, and some courses are also available in French (Études autochtones - ETAM).

The program welcomes Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and is inclusive of First Nations, Inuit and Métis perspectives in its academic approach.

Students can complete their studies online in the following: Specialization, Concentration, and Minor.

 

Program Highlights:

  • A three-year or a four-year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts with either a concentration or a specialization in Indigenous Studies.

  • Students can do a Minor in Indigenous Studies: Indigenous Healing and Wellness; Indigenous Peoples and Mining; Nishnaabemwin; or Indigenous Environmental Studies; or simply take a few courses as electives, to enhance their education without pursuing a full degree in the discipline.

  • Faculty members specialize in areas such as Indigenous Knowledge and practice, Education, History, Indigenous Critical Theory, Health and Wellness, International Issues, Languages, Media Studies, Law, Restorative Justice, Politics, Indigenous Research Methods, Arts and Literature, Theatre, and Environmental Studies.

  • The Indigenous Studies department is committed to the resurgence of Indigenous knowledge and practices, as well as to the decolonization of Indigenous – Settler relations.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indigenous Studies

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Indigenous Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies. Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

Required courses:

INDG 1116E     Foundations of Indigenous Peoplehood
INDG 1117E     Implications of Indigenous Peoplehood
INDG 2285E     North American Indigenous People: Tradition and Culture

INDG 3105E     Canadian Law, Politics and Indigenous People

INDG 3215E     Indigenous Community-Based Research Methods

INDG 3226E     Indigenous Critical Theory

+6 credits from either Language Series A or B*

+12 INDG credits at the 4000 level

+15 upper year INDG credits

+60 credits of electives

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Language Series A*

INDG 1016E        Introductory Nishnaabemwin A

INDG 1017E        Introductory Nishnaabemwin B

INDG 2516E        Intermediate Nishnaabemwin A

INDG 2517E        Intermediate Nishnaabemwin B

INDG 3316E        Intermediate Nishnaabemwin C

INDG 3516E        Advanced Nisnnaabemwin A

INDG 3517E        Advanced Nishnaabemwin B

 

Language Series B*

INDG 1025E        Introduction to Cree

INDG 2035E        Intermediate Cree

 

* INDG 1016E, 1017E, 2516E, and 2517E are not available for credit to students fluent in Ojibwe. INDG 1025E and 2035E are not available for credit to those fluent in Cree.

 

Major in Indigenous Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

INDG 1116E        Foundations of Indigenous Peoplehood

INDG 1117E        Implications of Indigenous Peoplehood

36 INDG credits at least 6 of which must be at the 4000 level

78 elective credits*

Notes:

  • Students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Indigenous Studies

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Indigenous Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies. Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

INDG 1116E     Foundations of Indigenous Peoplehood

INDG 1117E     Implications of Indigenous Peoplehood
INDG 2285E     North American Indigenous People: Tradition and Culture

INDG 3105E     Canadian Law, Politics and Indigenous People

INDG 3215E     Indigenous Community-Based Research Methods

INDG 3226E     Indigenous Critical Theory

+6 credits from either Language Series A or B*

 +3 INDG elective credits at the 3000 or 4000 level

 +36 elective credits

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Indigenous Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

INDG 1116E        Foundations of Indigenous Peoplehood

INDG 1117E        Implications of Indigenous Peoplehood

18 INDG credits at least 6 of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level

 

Minor in Nishnaabemwin

   INDG 1016E        Introductory Nishnaabemwin A

   INDG 1017E        Introductory Nishnaabemwin B

   INDG 2516E        Intermediate Nishnaabemwin A

   INDG 2517E        Intermediate Nishnaabemwin B

   INDG 3316E        Intermediate Nishnaabemwin C

   INDG 3516E        Advanced Nisnnaabemwin A

   INDG 3517E        Advanced Nishnaabemwin B

   One of :

      INDG 2526E    Nishnaabemwin Immersion

      INDG 4006E    Nishnaabemwin Discourse Studies

 

Minor in Indigenous Peoples and Mining
INDG 2146EL Indigenous Perspectives on Mining (3 cr)
INDG 2316EL Foundations of Indigenous Environmental Studies (3 cr)
INDG-3285EL - Living with the Land: Indigenous Knowledge in Theory and Practice (6 cr)
12 credits from the list below. Students are limited to 6 credits from among first year courses.
     (a) 3 credits from the following Environmental Studies courses:
          GEOL 1006E     Introductory Geology I

          ENGR 2106E     Introduction to Mineral Resource Engineering 
          ENGR 3466E     Environmental Impact of Process Industries 
          BIOL 3066E     Indigenous Peoples: Ecology, Science and Technology 
          PHIL 2217E     Environmental Ethics 

     (b) 9 credits from the following Indigenous Studies courses:
          INDG 1116E     Foundations of Indigenous Peoplehood 
          INDG 1117E     Implications of Indigenous Peoplehood (

          INDG 2126E     Indigenous Perspectives on Water 
          INDG 2136E     Indigenous Political Resistance in Canada: An Integrated Media Analysis 
          INDG 2285/RLST 2285E     North American Indigenous People: Tradition and Culture 
          INDG 3105E     Canadian Law, Politics and Indigenous People 
          INDG 3256E     Indigenous Health and Wellness 
          INDG 4405E     Seeing With an Indigenous Eye 
          INDG 4587E     From the Fourth World: International Aboriginal Perspectives on Current Global Issues 

 

Minor in Indigenous Environmental Studies

INDG 2316E     Foundations of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge 
INDG 2306E     Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Environmental Studies 
INDG 3285E     Living with the Land: Indigenous Knowledge in Theory and Practice 
 
Must select 3 credits from among the following Environmental Studies courses:

     ENVI 1507E     Introduction to Environmental Studies 
     ENVI 2516E     Ecological Footprints and Demographic Change 
     ENVI 2526E     Diet, Food Choice and the Environment
     ENVI 2506E     Cultural Representations of the Environment 
     ENVI 2536E     Environment and Human Health 
     BIOL 2356E     Principles of Ecology
     BIOL 3376E     Restoration Ecology 1
     BIOL 3977E     Biodiversity and Conservation
     BIOL 4396E     Current Issues in Environmental Sustainability
 

Must select 9 credits from among the following Indigenous Studies courses:
     INDG 1116E     Foundations of Indigenous Peoplehood 
     INDG 1117E     Implications of Indigenous Peoplehood 
     INDG 2136E     Indigenous Political Resistance in Canada: An Integrated Media Analysis 
     INDG 2285/RLST 2285E     North American Indigenous People: Tradition and Culture 
     INDG 3256E     Indigenous Health and Wellness 
     INDG 4405E     Seeing With an Indigenous Eye 
 


Minor in Indigenous Healing and Wellness  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)
   ISWK 1006/1007E     Indigenous Social Welfare
                     OR
   INDG 1116/1117E     Foundations/Implications of  Indigenous Peoplehood
INDG 2285/RLST 2285E     North American Indigenous People: Tradition and Culture
ISWK 2315E     The Helping Relationship
INDG 3256E     Indigenous Health and Wellness
ISWK 4256E     Cultural Specific Helping with Indigenous People

 

Year:

ETAM-1116FL - Fondements de la conscience collective Des Peuples Autochtones ETAM-1126FL - Répercussions de la conscience collective des peuples autochtones INDG-1016EL - Introductory Nishnaabemwin A INDG-1017EL - Introductory Nishnaabemwin B INDG-1025EL - Introduction to Cree INDG-1116EL - Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood ETAM-2276FL - Légendes et traditions orales amérindiennes ETAM-2286FL - La religion des autochtones de l"Amérique du nord ETAM-2287FL - Coutumes autochtones: le cycle de la vie INDG-2056EL - Indignenous Perspective on Food INDG-2105EL - Culture, Behaviour and Identity of the Native People INDG-2126EL - Indigenous Perspectives on Water INDG-2136EL - Aboriginal Political Resistance in Canada INDG-2146EL - Indigenous Perspectives on Mining INDG-2216EL - Native Women: Perspectives and Issues INDG-2285EL - North American Native People: Tradition INDG-2306EL - Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Environmental Studies INDG-2316EL - Foundations of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge INDG-2406EL - Native People and Newcomers in Encounter In Eastern Canada INDG-2406EL - Native People and Newcomers in Encounter In Eastern Canada INDG-2505EL - Indigenous Arts of the Americas Retrospective and Tradition INDG-2516EL - Intermediate Nishnaabemwin A INDG-2517EL - Intermediate Nishnaabemwin B INDG-2526EL - Nishnaabemwin Immersion
INDG-2616EL - Canadian Native Literature: Exploring Genre INDG-2617EL - Canadian Native Literature: Novels and Plays ETAM-3105FL - Droit canadien, politique et peuple autochtones INDG-3005EL - Education and Native People INDG-3056EL - The City As Home: International Perspectives on Indigenous People in Urban Centres INDG-3066EL - Indigenous People in Canadian Urban Centres INDG-3087EL - Select Topics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Indigenous Issues INDG-3105EL - Canadian Law, Politics and Aboriginal People INDG-3116EL - Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System INDG-3117EL - Social Policy and Family Law With Native People INDG-3215EL - Native Community-Based Research Methods INDG-3226EL - Native Critical Theory INDG-3256EL - Aboriginal Health and Wellness INDG-3285EL - Living With the Land: Indigenous Knowledge in Theory and Practice INDG-3286EL - Indigenous Medicines INDG-3305EL - Aboriginal Languages: Expressions of Peoplehood INDG-3316EL - Intermediate Nishnaabemwin C INDG-3516EL - Advanced Nishnaabemwin A INDG-3517EL - Advanced Nishnaabemwin B INDG-4006EL - Nishnaabemwin Discourse Studies INDG-4405EL - Seeing With A Native Eye INDG-4587EL - From the Fourth World: International Aboriginal Perspectives on Current Global Issues INDG-4655EL - Honours Thesis INDG-4955EL - Independent Reading and Research