University of Alberta’s Indigenous Peoples and Canada course

The Indigenous Peoples and Canada course, offered by the University of Alberta in partnership with Neovation Learning Solutions, is a thought-provoking and multifaceted exploration of the historical, cultural, and socio-political relationships between Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian state.
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About the course

Indigenous Peoples and Canada micro-course modules delve into Indigenous histories, contemporary experiences, and relationships between Indigenous peoples and settler society while acknowledging its limitations in capturing the full spectrum of Indigenous diversity.

Spanning six modules, the course offers a nuanced understanding of Indigenous experiences, traditions, and contemporary issues, fostering a critical and empathetic lens for learners to engage with Indigenous perspectives and their impact on the nation’s identity and development.

Inside the course, you’ll find:

  • How to get started and a self-care guide for our learners
  • Module 1: Indigenous worldviews and gender(s)
  • Module 2: Indigenous resources and relations
  • Module 3: Indigenous governance, treaty, and law
  • Module 4: Indigenous experiences of institutionalization
  • Module 5: Contemporary Indigenous communities
  • Module 6: Indigenous activists and artists

You will receive access to the Indigenous Peoples and Canada online course after completing your purchase. Please explore and engage with the material at your own pace. We encourage you to approach this course with an open mind and a commitment to deepening your understanding of Indigenous perspectives and experiences in Canada.

Course details

Course instructor
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Dr. Paul Gareau
Academic Lead
Course cost
Starting at $75.00 (plus GST)

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Delivery format
Online (asynchronous, self-directed)
Completion requirements
8-10 hours, includes activities and knowledge checks
Record of completion
Printable certificate as a PDF file is issued upon course completion.
All material is available online and no textbooks are required.
Transferable course credit
This course does not have transfer credit.

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Learning outcomes

Indigenous Worldviews and Kinship

  • Gain introductory knowledge of Indigenous worldviews to recognize that kinship relations are central to Indigenous ways of being and knowing.
  • Be able to identify that Indigenous activism is action in defense of kinship relations to the Lands/Waters and community/communities, both human and more-than-human.

Indigenous-Canada Economic Relations

  • Develop greater familiarity with historical Indigenous-Canada economic relations, including the fur trade, diplomacy, and changes to Indigenous livelihoods.
  • Establishing introductory knowledge about contemporary economic relations and industrial implications for cultural and spiritual practices, environmental protection, and conservation.

 Indigenous Legal Systems and Rights

  • Enhance your understanding of Indigenous histories, societies, and politics (including treaties, self-government, and modern land claims).
  • Learn about Indigenous legal systems, restorative justice, and the impacts of settler colonialism.
  • Develop your understanding of Aboriginal title, Aboriginal rights, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Canadian Indian Act and Policies

  • Establish a foundational understanding of Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning and become familiar with the Canadian Indian Act, its policies, and methods.

Indian Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation

  • Deepen your comprehension of the effects of Indian residential schools, the Indian Residential School Settlement, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Indigenous Urban Experience

  • Explore different Indigenous experiences of living in the city as hubs for Indigenous kinship relations regarding community governance, culture, and social support networks.

Indigenous Arts, Culture, and Activism

  • Gain greater familiarity with how Indigenous arts and culture are a means of political activism, education, and affirmation of kinship relations and Indigenous sovereignty.

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Educate yourself while empowering Indigenous communities. Enroll in the Indigenous Peoples and Canada online course offered by the University of Alberta. Your purchase supports a student-centered, research-focused, community-engaged Faculty of Native Studies. Join us for a transformative learning experience!

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Net proceeds for course sales support the Faculty of Native Studies, which is the University of Alberta's Indigenous-led, autonomous academic unit. Established in 1988, the Faculty of Native Studies is one of the world’s leading Indigenous studies units. Neovation has provided its SmarterU LMS platform and course creation services to create the online course at no charge as part of its corporate commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.

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Territorial acknowledgement

The University of Alberta, its buildings, labs, and research stations are primarily located on the traditional territory of Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe nations; lands that are now known as part of Treaties 6, 7, and 8 and homeland of the Métis. The University of Alberta respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit nations.

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Why do I see "Neovation" in my credit card statement?

Neovation Corporation provides the Indigenous Peoples and Canada course on behalf of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies.