Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, School of the Environment

Indigenous Environmental Studies/Science

In this program, the first-of-its-kind anywhere in North America, you’ll study a unique mix of Indigenous knowledge and Western teachings, learning from Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty, elders, guest speakers and other scholars.

IES brings together the principles of both Indigenous knowledge and Western science. Here, you’ll explore complex topics such as climate change, sustainable communities and Indigenous health and environment. By applying a cross-cultural approach, you’ll learn to generate solutions to the complex local, regional, national, and international issues facing Indigenous peoples and communities around the world.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)
  • B.Sc.
  • B.Sc. (Honours)


  • Peterborough

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"Students are encouraged to open their hearts and understand the world from a greater perspective."

Alexa Small
Heart-Felt Science

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Government Policy Specialist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Aboriginal Corporate Liaison Officer
  • Environmental Activist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Natural Resources Manager

Popular Courses:

  • Indigenous People’s Health and Environment
  • Canada: The Land
  • Sustainable Indigenous Communities
  • Introduction to Indigenous Food Systems
  • Indigenous Environmental Research Protocol and Ethics
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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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