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Call Number: UA 52, Tc 125 (A.96-103; A.97-18; A.98-01; A.99-03; A.00-47; A.03-66; A.03-102; A.04-24; A.04-66; A.05-30; A.05-64)

Title: Department of Native Studies.

Dates: 1971-2003.

Extent: 3.87 m of textual records and other material.

Administrative history: The first Native Studies course "Native Peoples of Canada" was introduced at the University of Manitoba in 1973. This interdisciplinary course incorporate aspects of anthropology, sociology, history and economics. With the establishment of the Department of Native Studies in 1975 emphasis shifted to a broader-based study of the development of Native societies. Questions were asked: What are the intellectual responces to Native People hopes, struggles, and vision for the future? What is the history of Native people from a Native perspective? Today, the Department offers a program of interdisciplinary studies dealing with Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The range of courses includes the study of history and traditional cultures; art; contemporary social and economic issues; literature; Aboriginal organizations, health, medical, legal and political issues. The Interdisciplinary (IDP) Graduate Program in Native Studies includes studies in variety of areas such as languages, literature, arts, women's issues, culture, history, material culture, contemporary perspectives, environmental studies, economic development, self-government and land claims. The mandate of the Native Studies Department is to foster a wide understanding of Aboriginal issues and promote respect for Native heritage.

Scope and constents: The fonds consists of Native Studies Profile, Course Evaluations, Graduate Studies Reports, Inuit Studies Program, Departmental Correspondence, Correspondence re: Lubicon Lake Indian Band, Audio-Recordings of Sacred Lands Conference, 1996, and Aboriginal Publications.

Custodial history: The department transferred records to the Archives & Special Collections in 1996 to 2005.

Related material: Related fonds - Jill Oakes, Mss 254; Faculty of Arts, UA 27; Paul Chantrand, A.05-65.

Restrictions: No restrictions on access or use.

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