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Indigenous Studies

Dan Longboat, Lynne Davis and an IESS graduate smiling at the camera in front of a wall of flags during convocation
Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Knowledge, Culture & Languages

The focus on Aboriginal language has inevitably directed learners, including faculty members, to the Elders who retain not only an exquisite fluency in Aboriginal language but who also embody evolved, distinctive perspectives on life, the universe and everything.

  • INDG 2200Y: Haudenosaunee Culture and Traditions A study of the cultural, political, social kinship, and knowledge foundations of traditional Six Nations society including Creation, Clans, the establishment of the Six Nations Confederacy, the Longhouse cycle of Ceremonies, and various contemporary issues. Pre- or co-requisite: INDG 1001H (or 1000Y) or permission of instructor.
  • INDG 2250Y: Oral Mohawk an introduction to Mohawk designed for students with little or no knowledge of the language. This is a conversational course, emphasizing the use and understanding of Mohawk through the learning of the basic vocabulary and sentence patterns in class and in language laboratory. Students judged by the instructor to be fluent in Mohawk may not receive credit for this course. Open to first-year students. Excludes INDG 1050Y.
  • INDG 2800Y: Introduction to Nishnaabemowin A beginner’s course for students with little or no knowledge of the language, emphasizing the use and understanding of Nishnaabemowin through the learning of the basic vocabulary and sentence patterns in class and in the language laboratory. Open to firstyear students.
  • INDG-WMST 3500Y: Indigenous Women Examines the experience of Indigenous women in Canada today with respect to cultural expression in the arts, education, work, family, health, politics, and the law. Contemporary issues facing Indigenous women are examined. Women’s Symposium included. Prerequisite: INDG 1001H (or 1000Y) or 1.0 WMST credit or permission of instructor.
  • INDG 3800Y: Intermediate Oral Nishnaabemowin An intermediate course in conversation and pronunciation as well as an introductory exploration of the written orthography, using language laboratory and classroom participation. Prerequisite: INDG 2800Y or permission of instructor.
  • INDG 3851H: Anishinaabemowin on the Land A land-based language and culture course which explores Anishinaabemowin through experiential learning. Covers basic knowledge and history of the Anishinaabe writing system, as well as songs, chants, and dances, with a special focus on environmental knowledge and human relationships at sacred sites. Basic language skills are used in a practical way toward resolving environmental issues. Course fee for field component. Prerequisite: INDG 2800Y or permission of instructor. Excludes INDG 3850Y.
  • INDG 3852H: Harvesting Anishinaabemowin A land-based and classroom weekend-intensive language and culture course which continues exploration of the Anishinaabemowin language through experiential learning appropriate to the patterns of the fall cycle. The course further contributes to basic knowledge and history of the Anishinaabe writing system, as well as gathering songs, chants, and dances, with a special focus on traditional environmental knowledge and human relationships at sacred sites. Course fee for field component. Prerequisite: INDG 2800Y or permission of instructor. Excludes INDG 3850Y.
  • INDG 3853H: Reflecting Anishnaabemowin in Our Stories A classroom and land-based weekend-intensive language and culture course which explores Anishinaabemowin through experiential learning in the winter cycle. The course reflects on the basic knowledge and history of the Anishinaabe writing system gleaned, as well as on the language, purpose, and value of the songs, chants and dances, with a special focus on storytelling. Course fee for field component. Prerequisite: INDG 28
  • INDG 4100Y: Seminar on Indigenous Knowledge Explores contemporary Indigenous expressions and interpretations of traditional thought and beliefs. Modes of organizing, validating, and communicating knowledge form central themes. Prerequisite: INDG 1001H (or 1000Y) or permission of the instructor.
  • INDG 4800Y: Advanced Nishnaabemowin A continuation of the study of the Nishnaabemowin (Ojibway language). This course studies four different styles of Nishnaabe verbs. Prerequisite: INDG 3800Y or permission of instructor.
  • INDG 4850Y: Learning and Living on the Land: Focus on Nishnaabe and Cree Teachings This intensive 10-day summer field course examines Indigenous knowledge (IK) from a holistic “on-theearth” perspective. The connections between IK, the Land, and students’ lives are explored. The course addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of IK, possessed and transmitted by Elders, traditional people, and other knowledge holders. Course fee: $600. Prerequisite: 5.0 university credits including INDG 1001H (or 1000Y) or 2800Y or 3100Y or 4100Y or permission of instructor. Excludes INDG 4955Y.