Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies

Immerse yourself in a cross-cultural education at the first university in Canada, and only second in North America, to establish an academic department dedicated to the study of Indigenous peoples.

Through a unique balance of Indigenous and Western knowledge, students in Trent’s one-of-a-kind Indigenous Studies program have the opportunity to learn how Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world are shaping our globe. At the most established Indigenous Studies program in Canada, you’ll study the historical and contemporary interactions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies, exploring the cultural foundations of Indigenous life in areas such as performance, literature, politics, ecology, and governance.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Peterborough

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  • Study abroad and learn about Indigenous peoples in the USA or Mexico
  • Develop your Nishnaabemowin, Cree or Mohawk language skills
  • Engage in hands-on research projects that make a difference in local communities
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Community Activist
  • Government Policy Specialist
  • Politician
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Aboriginal Corporate Liaison Officer

Popular Courses:

  • Foundations of Indigenous Learning
  • Introduction to Nishnaabemowin
  • Hill Tribes and Thai Culture
  • Indigenous Masked Dance and Storytelling
  • Urbanization and Indigenous Peoples
  • Images in Contemporary Media
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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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