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Indigenous Studies Ph.D.

smiling phd students on a winter day in front of tipi ready for canoe build
Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies Ph.D.

Innovative Features

The goal of the program is to produce individuals capable of advanced intellectual scholarship in both Indigenous and Western traditions, who are sensitive to and knowledgeable of, Indigenous cultural expressions and who are able to function in both cultural contexts. There are three innovative components which help to encourage these goals: INDG 6600Y: Indigenous Knowledge; INDG 6700Y: Practicum Field Placement; and INDG 6715H Bimaadiziwin/Atonhetseri:io Option.

INDG 6600Y: Indigenous Knowledge

Taken by all students, the IK course is grounded in land based pedagogy where students have the opportunity to participate in the experiential nature of Indigenous Knowledges, with emphasis on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Knowledges. The course is taught by Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Elders and/or Knowledge Holders as well as special guests from other Indigenous contexts. 

Elder Shirley Williams with students in Canoe INDG 6700Y: Practicum Field Placement

In keeping with Indigenous conceptions of relationality and reciprocity, all students in the program are required to work or carry out research with an Indigenous community or organization, with a focus on community or organizational needs. The practicum is normally carried out in the third year of study but may be done in the summer of the second year. Upon completion of the course, students make a formal presentation to the Director of Studies.

INDG 6715H: Bimaadiziwin/Atonhetseri:io

This course is required for all students and builds on what was covered in INDG 6600. It provides students with an exceptional opportunity apprentice with an Elder or Knowledge Holder over an intense period of time arranged between the student and the Elder or Knowledge Holder. Upon completion of the course, students make a formal presentation to the Traditional Advisory Council.