Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Boozhoo! She:kon! Wachay! Welcome!

Indigenous Studies addresses the multiple experiences of Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world. This program relies on theories developed by Indigenous scholars, Elder teachings, ceremonies, and a focus on treaty rights and relationships. Other areas include focusing on Metis identities, non-status and/or urban Native peoples and Indigenous-Black relations.

The program creates a foundation in Indigenous languages, cultures, and traditions and languages. Other courses address Indigenous women, the interrelations between Black and Indigenous peoples, the relationship between racism and colonialism (locally and globally), the effects of racialized violence on both Indigenous men and women and people of colour and global Indigeneity. You can also choose courses in Indigenous literatures, cinema and music.

You’ll have the opportunity to study with celebrated instructors who have been recognized nationwide for their fiction and non-fiction writing, and have worked on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Graduates go on to careers in journalism, public administration, law enforcement, court work, policy work and research on Indigenous issues.

What you’ll learn 

  • Develop an awareness and a sense of social responsibility relating to Indigenous issues.
  • Learn about Indigenous cultures and spirituality by taking part in ceremonies.
  • Study the relationship between racism and colonialism, and the effects of racialized violence on Indigenous men and women and people of colour.

Hands-on experiences

  • Benefit from a placement in an Indigenous or supporting organization.
  • Join in community-focused and cultural-based activities in urban Native organizations and First Nations. 
  • Enjoy enhanced classroom learning with our full slate of guest lecturers, including community leaders.


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Program Details

Offered by

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Experiential Education

Co-op or internship

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Summer entry

Yes (first and upper year)