The Indigenous Hawai'i Field School
The Indigenous Hawai'i Field School critically engages students with Aloha ʻĀina and activism on the Big Island of Hawai'i. We will introduce Kanaka Maoli Indigenous sovereignty, literature, history, music, and non-fiction as well as volunteer for several community work days, giving back to the land. Students will also have the unique opportunity to engage with community elders, local scholars and knowledge keepers about the oral and written materials. We will experience living with the land, securing food sovereignty, asserting political and cultural sovereignty and maintaining and revitalizing language amid a tumultuous political history on the Big Island. The course will be co-taught by Dr. Renae Watchman (Mount Royal University) and Dr. Robert Alexander Innes (University of Saskatchewan).
Information SessionsTo find out more, attend a scheduled information session. If you are unable to attend or if you would like more information, please contact Dr. Renae Watchman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Thursday, September 21||1:00 pm - 2:00 pm||EA 1055|
|Friday, September 29*||4:30 pm - 5;30 pm||EA 1014|
|Monday, October 2||11:30 am - 12:30 pm||EA 1055|
|Tuesday, October 24||12:00 pm - 1:00 pm||EA 1026|
Program DatesIn Hawai'i: May 21, 2018 - June 9, 2018
Pre-departure Classes and Preparations: Participants will commit to monthly group pre-departure meetings/classes beginning in January, 2018.
Final assignments will be due by June 15, 2018.
Participants will be enrolled in the following two courses for a total of 6 MRU credits:
- INST 2720 - Travel Studies in Indigenous Studies (3 credits)
- GNED 3301 - Experiencing Communities & Societies (3 credits)
This field school is open to all MRU students.
Interested students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure they have the necessary pre-requisites and confirm their ability to use the two courses for credits in their specific program prior to joining the field school. Note that INST 2720 only has recommended preparation.
Access the Field School Application Form.
Submit the following to the Office of International Education (EB 3021) prior to the application deadline:
- The completed Field School Application Forms.
- A one-page Statement of Purpose describing your interest in being part of this opportunity.
Following departmental assessment, successful applicants will be notified to proceed with deposit payment. The initial deposit must be paid at time of acceptance in to the program.Application Deadline
Complete applications are due to the Office of International Education (EB 3021) by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.Program Costs
Hawaii Field School Program Fees - $2,760
The Hawaii Field School Program Fees include: accommodation in Hawai'i, local transportation (excluding airport transfers), faculty expenses, MRU administration fee, activity/entrance fees and contingency. Program fees are payable in person at the Office of the Registrar (A101) according to the payment deadlines outlined in the table below.
|1st deposit*||Upon Acceptance||$500|
|2nd deposit||January 15, 2018||$750|
|3rd deposit||March 15, 2018||$1510|
*Initial program deposit is non-refundable and secures the participant's place in the program. Possibility of refund of subsequent deposits due to withdrawal from the program will be assessed and determined at the time of withdrawal. Program fees to do not include course tuition.