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Indigenous Studies

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Understand the value and dignity of Indigenous cultural traditions, histories, languages and philosophies. Learn the historic and contemporary Indigenous perspectives that guide their interactions with other Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people. Develop skills in writing, research and critical thinking. Enrich your understanding and appreciation of the nature of Indigenous societies and their contribution to national and international communities.

Program Options

Bachelor of Arts - Indigenous Studies

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours
  • Double Honours
  • Minor

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What is Indigenous Studies?

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to promote a comprehensive understanding of Indigenous peoples.

University of Saskatchewan students have an opportunity to study in one of the most respected and progressive Indigenous Studies programs in Canada. Our students graduate with a unique and comprehensive understanding of Indigenous traditions, histories, languages and philosophies. They learn about Indigenous experiences, from present day challenges to pre-contact histories. Our courses enrich one’s appreciation for Indigenous societies and their many contributions to national and international communities. When combined with the skills students develop in writing, research and critical thinking, our graduates have many exciting career options in the rapidly-growing fields of Indigenous relations and education.

The Indigenous Studies program provides students with an academic examination of historical and contemporary realities of Indian, Métis and Inuit societies in Canada. Students will explore the similarities and differences experienced by Indigenous societies within their community and around the world.

Indigenous Studies: Is it for you?

  • Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the nature of Indigenous societies and the contributions they have made to national and international communities.
  • Students are encouraged to participate with their peers and instructors in small group settings by reading current literature and sharing in seminar discussions. The seminar component of the Indigenous Studies program provides students with experience in developing critical thinking and writing skills — assets in any career.

Sample Classes

  • 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 351: Indigenous Oral Histories Research
    This course explores the forms, qualities, diversities and cultural foundations of Indigenous oral narratives, and addresses practical aspects of gathering, recording, interpreting and utilizing them.
  • 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Community Educator
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Environmental Advisor
  • Community Liaison Worker
  • Policy Advisor
  • Aboriginal Issues Coordinator
  • Youth Worker
  • Corrections Officer
  • Journalist
  • Mediator
  • Employment Counsellor
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Communications Officer
  • Economic Development Manager
  • Liaison Officer
  • Advocate
  • Political Analyst

Skill Sets Gained

  • Research skills and methods
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Organizational/planning skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork/interpersonal skills
  • Technical skills
  • Communication skills: written/oral
  • Conducting field research
  • Creativity
  • Computer skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Honesty, integrity, and ethical standards
  • Goal-setting; resolving conflicts
  • Adaptability/flexibility
  • Personal management/motivational skills

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