The undergraduate program in Native Studies offers opportunities for specialization in First Nation, Inuit and Metis histories, cultures, social and theoretical issues. Areas include: Indigenous land, resource and constitutional rights; governance; politics; economic and ecological development; identity; contemporary Indigenous literatures; Indigenous film; languages; gender; justic issues; post-colonial historiography and cristicism. The program encourages and trains students to think creatively, l ogically, and critically. Aside from learning about Indigenous history and gaining an understanding of unique worldviews, our students gain skills in research, qualitative interviewing and fieldwork, as well as in refining their writing abililty. Our graduates have attained careers with Indigenous organizations (both, regional, and national), the federal, provincial, and municipal governments of Canada, public health, law firms, law enforcement, politics, public relations, local community organizations, business , musuems, social services agencies, research centres, private consulting, media, schools, non-profit organizations, amonth others.
Another innovative feature in the program is the emphasis on relationships with Indigenous communities as a part of coursework. As part of Indigenous research methodologies found throughout many undergraduate courses, the Department encourages students to develop long term ongoing relationships with communities that they work with, over time building up a large network of community relations for the Department.
The Native Studies Major program requires 30 credit hours of Native Studies courses.
The 4 year Advanced Major program requires 48 credit hours of Native Studies courses, however, students may also elect a Native Studies Advanced Major through the Aboriginal Governance Stream which includes a Minor in Business.
|Chief Chris Henderson and Grand Chief Ron Evans attending the 2007 Elders Gathering.|