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NOTE that this page and its sub-pages are for informational and reference purposes only, as this program is no longer offered at the University of Sudbury.

The long-standing Department of Indigenous Studies promotes an understanding of Indigenous peoples, their traditions, aspirations and participation in local, national and international communities.

The program welcomes Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and is inclusive of First Nations, Inuit and Métis perspectives.

In this long-standing program (dating back to 1975), the possibilities for experience-based learning are unparalleled. The Department of Indigenous Studies is a leader in offering excellence in Indigenous knowledge and practice within traditional and contemporary contexts.

What topics will be covered?
Indigenous knowledge and language are at the heart of the program with key areas of study including:

  • Health and wellness: examines contemporary health problems that indigenous peoples face.
  • Politics and law: encompasses Indigenous and treaty rights, governance and decolonization, Indigenous sovereignty and settler relations in both the Canadian and international context.
  • Social justice: examines issues in the context of family and community life and from the perspectives of social policy and family law.
  • Traditional environmental knowledge: focuses on our collective responsibilities to care for the natural environment; takes a traditional ecological knowledge approach to environmental challenges at the local and international level.
  • Culture: focuses on the interplay of traditional values, identity, spirituality and the language. Courses on tradition and culture, art, literature and performance facilitate a fuller understanding of this interplay. Since language is an integral component of Indigenous knowledge and provides insights into a community and culture, courses on Nishnaabemwin and Cree are offered.

What values are gained?
Having an understanding of Indigenous knowledge, culture, traditions, aspirations and the historical basis of contemporary Indigenous issues will be of tremendous value in any profession.  You will develop multicultural awareness and critical thinking abilities that can be used to address the complex environmental, social, and health issues facing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities around the world today.

Potential employment opportunities:

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Natural resources
  • Arts
  • History
  • Research
  • Health
  • Law
  • Politics
  • And much more!

Students graduate with a diversity of employment possibilities in the public, private, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) sectors.  Many work for the provincial or federal government, within First Nations communities or for urban Aboriginal organizations, as well as within Aboriginal relations branches of resource-based private corporations.


• Dr. Emily Faries
• Dr. Jim Dumont
• M.-A. Corbiere B.Sc. (York), M.B.A.(Laurentian), Ph.D. (Toronto) 
• K. FitzMaurice B.Com. (Ottawa), B.A. (Queens), M.A., PhD. (Trent)
• M. Hankard B.Sc. (Northeastern), Ph.D. (Laurentian)



“Indigenous Studies at the University of Sudbury is a warm and welcoming place.  Everyone wants you to succeed and will help you to do so.  The program is well-rounded with traditional teachings, modern techniques, hands-on and scholarly methods, allowing students to find out how THEY want to learn.  It brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together so they can see a common ground and develop better ways of interacting with one another with the goal of prosperity for all.”
– Kayla Burgess, graduate 

“Life is about making choices and the best choice that I have made within academia is choosing the University of Sudbury’s Indigenous Studies program.  Not only has the higher learning enabled a greater understanding of life, but it has contributed to meaningful capacity building at both an individual and community level.” 
- Crystal Osawamick, graduate

“My choice to attend the University of Sudbury was intentional and based on the following academic and personal criteria: diversity, excellence and relevance of course and program offerings delivered in an inclusive, supportive and nurturing academic environment.”
- Giidaakunadaad (Nancy Rowe Henry), graduate