The Department of Indigenous Studies

What is Indigenous Studies? (The Department of Native American Studies is being changed to "Indigenous Studies")

Indigenous Studies (NAS) explores art, law, philosophy, health, politics, history, gender studies, ecology, business, customs and language—all from a unique Aboriginal perspective—making this one of the most sought-after programs of its kind in Canada.

In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate First Nations’, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) history, heritage and culture, as well as the contemporary issues that face FNMI communities.

As a student of Indigenous Studies, you’ll have access to Aboriginal instructors, who are often nationally or internationally renowned, seasoned professionals with real-world experience.

Indigenous Students' Union (ISU)

Indigenous Studies students have an active presence on campus through the ISU, which sponsors an annual Native Awareness Week and various other community events.
Office: A 426

Indigenous Awareness Days Events

Monday, March 5th Culture & Community Resource Fair -  Student Union Ballrooms - 10am - 3:00pm 

Movies will be shown in A 410  at 1:00 and 3:00 through the week. 

Monday March 5th          Quallanut: Why White People are Funny by Mark Sandiford 

This documentary pokes fun at the ways in which Inuit people have been treated as “exotic” documentary subjects by turning the lens onto the strange behaviours of Qallunaat (the Inuit word for white people). The term refers less to skin colour than to a certain state of mind: Qallunaat greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain about being cold, and want to dominate the world. Their odd dating habits, unsuccessful attempts at Arctic exploration, overbearing bureaucrats and police, and obsession with owning property are curious indeed.

A collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak, Qallunaat! brings the documentary form to an unexpected place in which oppression, history, and comedy collide.       

Tuesday March 6th          Rebel Music Native American   

 Rebel Music | Native America: 7th Generation Rises (Full Episode) | MTV    Forget the stereotypes. Meet young Native Americans who are taking a stand with music, art and social media. In this episode, Frank Waln powerfully crusades for the environment; pop singer Inez Jasper empowers and speaks out for women; and Nataanii Means and Mike Cliff step in to help lift up and inspire youth on the reservation and through Native Lives Matter. Series Creator and Executive Producer Nusrat Durrani; Executive Producers Shepard Fairey and David Sable; Music Director Laura Jane Grace Bring Rebel Music into the classroom as an engaging, innovative teaching tool in History and Social Studies! RebelED ( is a set of FREE curriculum guides that accompany each episode of Rebel Music. Get The "RebelED: Native America" Lesson Guide Here -                      

Wednesday March 7th    Indigenous Musicians and Activisim - Tentative                 

Thursday March 8th         London on the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation - Tentative

Friday March 9th               The Linguists (2008) 

David and Greg are "The Linguists," who document languages on the verge of extinction. In the rugged landscapes of Siberia, India, and Bolivia, their resolve is tested by institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest. 

Emmy nomination: Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
Daniel A. Miller (producer/director) 
Seth Kramer (producer/director) 
Jeremy Newberger (producer/director) 
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)