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About Native Studies

 turtle island

The Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba is located on Treaty One territory, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dakota, and Cree and the homeland of the Metis Nation. It is in the heart of Turtle Island - or North America - where the first treaties since the Confederation of Canada were signed 140 years ago as well as where Louis Riel and other Metis inspired the Red River Resistance.

For more than 40 years, the Native Studies Department at the Univeristy 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 only 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.

Follow the links below to learn more about us!

What is Native Studies?

History of the Department

What is the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba?

Employability in Native Studies

Innovative Features of the Program in Native Studies

Our Five Year Strategic Plan

Our Departmental Regulations





Students and instructors constructing teepee frame that will be used as the teaching lodge at a field school in Hollow Water, Manitoba.

Cross Lake Student

Student field trip to Cross Lake to study hydro electric development in the north.