ARCH 853.3 — 1/2(3S)
Graduate Seminar in Plains Archaeology

Deals with the prehistory of the Northern Plains with an emphasis on current issues and problem-solving.

ARCH 856.3 — 1/2(3S)
Graduate Seminar in Fur Trade Archaeology

Readings and discussions on the comparative methods, theoretical approaches and interpretations within archaeology of the North American interior fur trade.


BPBE 812.3 — 1(3L)
Aboriginal Nation Building in the Twenty First Century

This course examines issues Aboriginal Governments and communities face as they enter the 21st century, including: political sovereignty, economic development, constitutional reform, cultural and language maintenance and promotio, land and water rights, religious freedom, health and social welfare, and education. Because the challenges are broad and comprehensive, the course emphasizes the breadth of issues that leaders must confront, from health, education, and social services to politics, economics, and cultural change. Research finds that the viaable approaches to such areas of Nation Building must be compatible with individual societies' cultures, and Aboriginal societies are culturally heterogeneous. Therefore there is not "one size" that fits all. As such case studies derived from field research in Canada and the United States will be utilized to engage students in the classroom discussion about the challenges and opportunities that confront Aboriginal Nations in the 21st century.

BPBE 813.3 — 3S
Aboriginal Land Management Seminar Course

The components of this course will allow students to pursue an in-depth examination of selected topics in agribusiness and aboriginal land management. The seminars will be presented by students based on their structured reading and synthesis reports. The faculty course coordinator(s) will be responsible for coordinating the seminar series and for linking students with appropriate faculty mentors for reading assignments and evaluation of synthesis reports.

BPBE 892.6 — 1&2
Aboriginal Land Management Project Course

This field-based project course focuses on some of the major issues Aboriginal Peoples face in the 21st century. It provides in-depth, hands-on exposure to Aboriginal development issues, including: wildlife, sovereignty, economic development, constitutional reform, leadership, land and water rights, etc. In particular, the course emphasizes problem definition, client relationships, and designing and completing a community based research project related to an identified community need. The course is devoted primarily to preparation and presentation of a comprehensive paper based on a field investigation. Students, in teams of two, will work with Aboriginal communities to address critical issues as identified by the community.


CLR 800.3 — 1/2(3L)
Clinical Research Methodology

Will provide basic understanding, awareness and skill development in topics necessary for performing clinical research including: study design, research data collection, understanding types of clinical research studies, measurements for quantitative studies, clinical trials, qualitative methodologies, community and Aboriginal - based research, global research, research ethics, communication skills.


EADM 819.3 — 1(3S)
Leadership and Governance in First Nation Education

Focuses on First Nation educational governance, community leadership roles in Indian Control of Indian Education and examines band operated school governance across Canada. New directions in First Nation educational governance as evidenced in the Mi'Kmaq Education Act and emerging administrative mechanisms will form a major concentration of the course.


ECUR 815.3 — 1/2(3L)
Decolonizing the Curriculum

The Canadian education system has its historic roots in the schools of Europe, particularly those of England. While education in Canada has evolved, the colonial influence of Great Britain and the neo-colonial influence of the United States cannot be underestimated. In an era when educators are increasingly aware of the diversity of their student population and the multiplicity of world views colliding in the classroom, the colonial Amer-european educational model is increasingly scrutinized. As Canadian educators become more aware of Aboriginal and immigrant perspectives and educational needs, the necessity of decolonizing the curriculum becomes ever more apparent.


EFDT 843.3 — 1(3S)
Decolonizing Aboriginal Education

Intended to address colonization and imperialism among Aboriginal peoples, focusing specifically on the role education has played in achieving cognitive imperialism, critique the tenets of cognitive imperialism in English language, and education policy, politics, and practice, and evaluate international options for restoring Aboriginal communities.

Formerly: EIND 851

Note(s): Cannot receive credit for EIND 851 and EFDT 843.

EFDT 846.3 — 2(3S)
Aboriginal Languages and Linguistic Diversity in Education

This seminar explores the state of Indigenous languages, the interrelated threats to linguistic diversity, and its foreseeable consequences for Indigenous knowledge, heritage, identity, human rights, and social justice. It critically examines post-colonial educational programming aimed at recovering, sustaining, and developing Indigenous languages.

Formerly: EIND 871

Note(s): Cannot receive credit for EIND 871 and EFDT 846.

EFDT 848.3
Resilience in Aboriginal Education

Informed by narrative literature on gender, race, sexuality, class and disability, this course examines qualities, criticisms and theories of resilience as they relate to Aboriginal Education. Diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit paradigms of resilience are examined to question hegemonic practices in education in relation to tensions, anxieties and crucial turning points in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

EFDT 881.3 — 1(3S)
Education Wisdom Nature

Traces the concept of wisdom from earliest times through a decline in interest during the Enlightenment to its present-day resurgence among feminist theologians, deep ecologists, and First Nations peoples. Conceptions of wisdom and their emotional and cognitive preconditions are explored. Educational implications are considered.


ENVS 811.3 — (3S)
Multiple Ways of Knowing in Environmental Decision Making

This course is set in the context of environmental decision-making, and involves critical examination of human-nature relations and multiple ways of knowing (epistemologies). Knowledge systems addressed include, but are not limited to, Aboriginal knowledge systems and intuitive ways of knowing. Applications to the legal "duty to consult" with Aboriginal peoples will be addressed, and students are asked to analyze their own decision-making beliefs and practices in the context of multiple understandings of the world.

Note: Students in the School of Environment and Sustainability will be given priority up to a limit of 15.


ERES 810.3 — 1(3L)
Indigenous Research Epistemology and Methods

Trends within Indigenous research as it applies to educational research will be studied in detail. Epistemological foundations, ethical considerations, and methods within Indigenous research frameworks will be explored. Throughout this course we will be referencing a variety of writings by Indigenous scholars who offer insight into Indigenous ways of knowing, provide a commentary on how this worldview shapes life choices. Through these readings, literature from non-Indigenous research scholars, and course assignments, the goal is to examine the constructs of an Indigenous epistemological framework for educational research and to offer an introductory primer on key characteristics of qualitative research to design from an Indigenous perspective. This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore the connection between their worldview, their research curiosity and research design.


The Department of History offers a number of graduate courses whose themes may incorporate material related to Indigenous issues but whose specific content varies from year to year. For more information, visit


INDG 802.3 — 1/2(3S)

Applied Native Studies Research Methods

Emphasizes the development of skills to conduct research on, for and with Native peoples. Technical skills, evaluation skills and ethical issues will be addressed.

INDG 803.3 — 1/2(3S)

Theoretical Issues in Native Studies

Critically examines theoretical developments in Native Studies and relevant cognate disciplines, such as Sociology, History, and Anthropology where Native issues are being addressed.

INDG 810.3 — 1/2(3S)

Aboriginal Self Determination Through Mitho Pimachesowin

Explores a range of Aboriginal conceptual foundations of Aboriginal Self Determination and examines the emerging application of "Mitho Pimachesowin" in Aboriginal development. Historically, the Aboriginal "Way of Life" had spiritual roots and encompassed all of life, and this holistic perspective continues to influence modern developments in varying degrees. This class will introduce students to the Cree concept of Mitho Pimachesowin (ability to make a good living) and will also explore the related elements of autonomy, kinship, work ethic, respect, responsibility and resilience as they apply to contemporary initiatives in Aboriginal Self Determination.


JSGS 863.3 — 1/2(3S)
Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy

Begins with the historic framework for contemporary public policy established by treaties, reserves and legislation. Then it examines contemporary developments, including constitutional negotiations, influential court case, urbanization, comprehensive claims and self-government.

Formerly: PUBP 812
Restriction(s): Admission into the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program, Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) program, Ph.D. program, or by permission of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for PUBP 812 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 801.3 — 1&2(3S)
Advanced Studies in Aboriginal Rights I

This advanced seminar deals with a range of areas relating to the legal status and rights of Aboriginal peoples both in Canada and in such other countries as the United States, New Zealand and Australia, including Aboriginal land rights, treaty rights, hunting and fishing rights, the Indian Act, constitutional structures, human rights, affirmative action, the impact of the criminal law, taxation and commercial law.

LAW 802.3 — 1/2(3S)
Advanced Studies in Aboriginal Rights II

Covers specific topics in areas relating to the legal status and rights of Aboriginal peoples not covered in LAW 801.

LAW 819.3 — 1&2(3S)
Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law

The question of legal rights of indigenous peoples has emerged in a number of states during the last half of the twentieth century, and has influenced developments in the work of the United Nations, the Organization of American States, their constituent organizations, and of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Explores these international and comparative developments, with a focus on Constitutional, legal and policy developments in selected states.

Note: A student may not receive credit for this course and the corresponding undergraduate level course.

LAW 839.3 — 2(3L)
Canadian Legal History

Introduces students to fundamental developments in Canadian legal history and uses a historical perspective to enhance understanding of Canadian legal heritage: English, European and American influences; the interplay of colonialism and the role of Aboriginal peoples; the legacy of civil, common and customary law.


NORD 836.3 — 1(3S)
Strategic Communication for Northern Development

Will introduce students to the persuasive nature of all communication with a focus on communication in the professional world. It will explore the rhetorical, political, social, cultural, and ethical aspects of professional writing in Circumpolar, Northern and Aboriginal communities through practical applications of rhetorical theory. The objective of the course is to develop students' skill in evaluating how rhetorical effects are used and in judging the effectiveness of those rhetorical strategies through situational analysis. Students will learn to analyze various components of communication situations, including purpose, audience, context, and political and ethical implications. Students must be prepared to use their own professional writing projects as objects of study. They will prepare analyses of the rhetorical situation of their writing and use their theoretical knowledge to edit and revise their own documents over the term. Ultimately, students will be asked to present and defend their choice of and rationale for rhetorical strategies in a final project.

Permission of the Chair of Graduate Studies in the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development is required.
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Graduate Studies and Research
Note: Students with credit for POLS 826 who entered the M.N.G.D. program in September, 2010 cannot receive credit for this course.

NORD 850.6 — 1/2(3S)

Students will participate in an internship of approximately 4-6 weeks in length, within industry, government or Aboriginal organizations. Internships may take the form of a modeling exercise, a case study, or evaluation of a management practice or system. Students will engage in practical research and discovery around critical issues in Northern governance and development while developing confidence, capacity and skills in professional leadership, research and evaluation.

Permission of the Chair of Graduate Studies in the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development is required.
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Graduate Studies and Research

NORD 857.4 — 1/2(3S)
Northern Resource Economics and Policy

Will explore the economic concepts related to the management of renewable and non-renewable resources in the northern world. Students will examine competing theories and learn to apply analytic models and policies that enhance their understanding of how resources are distributed and managed. This course will have a field school component that will involve international travel.

NORD 860.4 — 1/2(3S)

Students will participate in an internship of approximately 4-6 weeks in length, within industry, government or Aboriginal organizations. Internships may take the form of a modeling exercise, a case study, or evaluation of a management practice or system. Students will engage in practical research and discovery around critical issues in Northern governance and development while developing confidence, capacity and skills in professional leadership, research and evaluation.


NURS 814.3 — 2/3(3S)
Aboriginal Health Issues

Examines issues and challenges related to the health of Aboriginal populations in Canada. Health and illness concepts will be embedded within historical, social, cultural, and political realities. The student will have the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on Aboriginal health issues and health care practices.

Prerequisite(s): Enrolment in a graduate program and completion of at least one graduate-level foundational course.


POLS 825.3 — 1/2(3S)
Topics in Northern Governance

An examination of selected topics in Northern Governance. Topics include issues of Northern governance, politics, and policies of selected circumpolar countries; such as regional governance, devolution, co-management, self-government and land claims, resource development, Arctic sovereignty, climate change, and international cooperation.

POLS 826.3 — 1/2(3S)
Topics in Aboriginal Public Policy and Administration

An examination of selected topics in Aboriginal public policy and administration. Topics include Aboriginal policy in Canada, comparative Aboriginal-state relations, political theory and rights of Aboriginal peoples, and Aboriginal administrative and management systems.

POLS 855.4 — 1/2(3S)
Northern Governance

This course will constitute a venue for students interested in comparing governance challenges in a circumpolar North context, and contribute to capacity-building among Northerners concerning governance challenges resulting from large-scale changes effective participation in politics, management and industrial developments, including the integration of local knowledge in support of decision-making.

POLS 858.4 — 1/2(3S)
Research and Planning Methods for the North

This course will provide students with an understanding of the various conceptual, theoretical, methodological, ethical, and political issues of relevance for policy and program planning, analysis and evaluation in the North. Students will also produce documents that are commonly used in governmental and non-governmental sectors in Northern communities.


WGST 812.3 — 1/2(2S)
Indigenous Transnational International Gender Justice

Beginning with a focus on Indigenous cultures in local, regional and international contexts, this course examines potentials for and challenges to achieving gender justice across borders and within communities. Centered on women’s contextual relationships with the land, each other, the nation state, identity systems and other resources, the course provides a spotlight on world views that emerge at sites of resistance to colonial/imperialisms and racialization processes. Emphasizing women’s self-determination in social movements ranging from the interpersonal to the international, this class will introduce students to intersecting gendered struggles involving: environmental sustainability, food and water sovereignty, the feminization of poverty and migration, women in politics, anti-militarization and conflict resolution, reproductive, labour, human and children’s rights.

Restriction(s): Students must be enrolled in the College of Graduate Studies and Research.