Indigenous Studies Courses/Minor

EAIndigenous Studies

 The discipline of Indigenous Studies offers students the opportunity to learn about the cultures and histories of Indigenous People in Canada and around the world. Introductory courses survey Indigenous history prior to the arrival of settler societies, the effects of colonialism, and recent efforts toward decolonisation. More advanced courses focus on specific themes, such as self-government, land rights, and Indigenous ways of knowing, within a comparative framework. These courses may be particularly helpful to students studying Arts, Criminal Justice, Education, Child Studies, and related fields.

Indigenous Hawai‘i Field School
May 21-June 8, 2018
The Indigenous Hawai‘i Field School is a unique learning opportunity taught from Indigenous perspectives to
critically engage students with Aloha ‘Δ€ina and activism. The first two weeks will be in a classroom setting on site
at Hilo, Hawai‘i. Students will be introduced to Kanaka Maoli Indigenous sovereignty, literatures, history, music,
and non-fiction. Students then get the unique opportunity to engage with the oral and written materials on site, in
Hawai‘i. We will experience living with the land, securing food sovereignty, asserting political sovereignty, and
maintaining language and culture amid a tumultuous political history on the Big Island.
Courses INST 2720 and GNED 3301
Taught by professors Renae Watchman (MRU) & Rob Innes (U of S)

Field School Information Sessions:

Thursday, September 21st1:00 - 2:00 pmEA 1055
Friday, September 29th4:30 - 5:30 pmEA 1014
Monday, October 2nd 11:30  - 12:30 pmEA 1055
Tuesday, October 24th12:00 - 1:00 pmEA 1026


Questions:  rwatchman@mtroyal.ca
Indigenous Hawai'i Field School Poster


The Treaty 7 travel study, consisting of HIST 2210 and HIST 2215, will focus on the history of the Aboriginal peoples of what is now southern Alberta. Topics that will be covered include: Plains peoples prior to European contact; the events leading to Treaty 7; representation of Aboriginal peoples in museums and historic sites; and the impact of Treaty 7 on First Nations in what is now Alberta. These events will be examined from a First Nations perspective and students will discover why we are all treaty people. This travel study combines lectures in a traditional classroom setting for a week in late July (dates forthcoming) with just over a week-long experiential field study component during the first two weeks of August. Students will visit a number of sites that relate to the peoples of Treaty 7 such as Blackfoot Crossing, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. Wherever possible, portions of the field study component will be led by First Nations peoples. Students who participate will earn credit for two courses/6 credits.

INFORMATION SESSIONS are held in the early Fall.

Treaty 7 Field School Website