Indigenous Studies is designed to promote a comprehensive understanding of Indigenous peoples by examining Indigenous traditions, histories, languages and philosophies and their contribution to national and international communities.
- Three or four year degree
- Full or part-time program
- You can enter this program directly from high school
- You can begin this program off-campus
What you will learn
You will learn about Indigenous experiences, from present day challenges to pre-contact histories as you examine historical and contemporary realities of Indian, Métis and Inuit societies in Canada. You will learn the historic and contemporary Indigenous perspectives that guide their interactions with other Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people as you explore the similarities and differences experienced by Indigenous societies within their community and around the world.
A first-year schedule sample
This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:
|INDG 107||Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies|
|POLS 111*||Democracy in Canada and the United States|
|PSY 121*||Social Clinical Cultural and Developmental Bases of Psychology|
|CREE 101*||Introductory Cree|
|ENG 110*||Literature and Composition|
|SOC 112*||Foundations in Sociology Social Construction of Everyday Life|
|HIST 125*||History Matters Indigenous Colonial and Post colonial Histories|
|PHIL 110*||Introduction to Philosophy|
|CMPT 120*||Digital Document Processing|
|ENG 110*||Literature and Composition|
* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.
The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.
INDG 212: Nehiyaw Tapsinowin Cree Cultural Histories
This is an introductory survey course of Cree cultural histories in North America with emphasis on Cree societies, experiences, resiliency strategies, and perspectives in present-day Saskatchewan. It will provide deeper insights into Cree history and life, knowledge translation, nihiyawéwin (Cree language, Cree speaking), the historical roots of contemporary issues, community engagement and research. Students will have the opportunity to work with Elders on research projects and gain experiential knowledge through participation in Cree social and cultural activities.
INDG 320: Transnational Indigenous Activism
This course provides an analysis of historical Indigenous activism and resistance in a transnational context. Emphasis will be placed on case studies of specific groups such as the American Indian Movement, as well as broad topics and theoretical concepts of resistance, militancy, radicalism, direct action, Red Power, and gender. Geographical focus will be on Indigenous North America, particularly Canada and the United States.
INDG 410: Aboriginal Self Determination Through Mitho Pimachesowin Ability to Make a Good Living
The course examines a range of contemporary issues relating to the conceptual foundations of Aboriginal Self Determination. Historically, the Aboriginal Way of Life had spiritual roots and encompassed all of life, and this holistic perspective continues to influence modern developments in varying degrees. This class will introduce students to the Cree concept of Mitho Pimachesowin (ability to make a good living) and its application to contemporary initiatives in Aboriginal Self Determination. It will also explore its related elements of autonomy, kinship, work ethic, respect, responsibility and resilience.
Teaching and research are well grounded in the priorities and knowledge of Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal communities, all the while placing them within the larger fabric of the Canadian Aboriginal experience and the emergent global, social phenomenon of indigeneity.
Some career opportunities include:
- Community educator
- Environmental advisor
- Community liaison worker
- Policy advisor
- Aboriginal issues coordinator
- Youth worker
- Corrections officer
- Employment counsellor
- Cultural anthropologist
- Communications officer
- Economic development manager
- Liaison officer
- Political analyst
|Canadian students||International students|
Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.
These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Indigenous Studies degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:
- Bachelor of Arts Four-year
- Bachelor of Arts Three-year
- Bachelor of Arts Honours
- Bachelor of Arts Double Honours
You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.
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