What is the Department of Native Studies?

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For more than 40 years, the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba has been an international leader in the field, committed to creating outstanding research, teaching, and service relating to the historical and contemporary position of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Offering a wide-ranging undergraduate program and one of four graduate programs in Native/Indigenous Studies in Canada, the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba is the second oldest program in the country and follows an ongoing five-year strategic plan.

The Department offers approximately 25-30 undergraduate courses per semester at four levels from introductory to advanced-level programming in First Nation, Inuit and Metis histories, cultures, social and theoretical issues. Courses highlight areas on Indigenous land, resource and constitutional rights; governance; politics; economic and ecological development; urbanization; identity; contemporary Indigenous literatures; languages; gender; justice issues; post-colonial historiography and criticism. Most of these undergraduate courses fulfill entry and degree requirements for professional faculties in Manitoba and Canada, including those in Education, Nursing, Social Work, and Law.

The Department also offers a vibrant graduate program at the Masters and PhD levels and courses in First Nation, Inuit and Metis histories, cultures, social and theoretical issues. Courses highlight areas on Indigenous land, resource and constitutional rights; governance; politics; economic and ecological development; urbanization; identity; contemporary Indigenous literatures; languages; gender; justice issues; post-colonial historiography and criticism.

Graduate Studies in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba is a lively, engaged, challenging and rigorous venture. We have international, national and provincial applicants in significant numbers, and a very healthy cohort of students producing potentially path-breaking scholarly work. The program emphasizes academic excellence and training in scholarly protocols, while offering a strong grounding in indigenous community realities and cultures. The program has been very successful at leveraging research funding and giving students opportunities to work on a variety of scholarly, refereed research projects.