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October 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Indigenous Studies

Honours Bachelor of Arts (in combination)

* Pending approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance/Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies (in combination)  

Indigenous Studies (ID) engages students with Indigenous worlds. The program provides an understanding of contemporary issues as they relate to Indigenous peoples. Employing a holistic approach, this program fosters a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, their history and their place in the world. This program can be done in combination with a number of Brantford campus programs, such as Criminology, Human Rights & Human Diversity, Youth & Children's Studies, or Health Studies (BA).

Interesting Courses  

  • Indigenous People and Anthropology
  • Gender and Indigenous Communities
  • The People of the Longhouse
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Indigenous Health & Wellness

Program Highlights

  • At present, Indigenous Studies is an option or minor degree program.  In 2015, a combined honours degree will be available. Possible areas of specialization are Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous community-based research, and Indigenous health and wellness, which would be best complemented by courses in Health Studies, Social Work, and Anthropology. 
  • Indigenous Studies is based at the Brantford Campus, close to Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the New Credit.  These communities contribute to a significant Indigenous presence at the Brantford Campus, as students, faculty, and guest speakers. 
  • The Brantford Campus, home of Indigenous Studies, provides ample opportunity for community-based study and extra-curricular participation in community events at Six Nations and Mississaugas of the New Credit. The Woodland Cultural Centre, a Six Nations museum minutes away from the Brantford Campus, features permanent and special exhibits on Indigenous art and history, and has a research library available to students. 
  • Indigenous Studies courses immerse students in Indigenous culture and issues, often featuring hands-on or community-based learning. Somewhat unique to Laurierís Indigenous Studies program, local Indigenous concerns are discussed as examples of global Indigenous issues to demonstrate the connection between all Indigenous peoples. 

    Admission Requirements

    High School Admission Requirements College Grad Admission Requirements

    4U English at 60%


    Average in top 6 4U or M courses of low-mid 70's

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    Opportunities in Brantford

    Indigenous Studies students will be encouraged to do community service learning at Six Nations of the Grand River or Mississaugas of the New Credit, or with urban Aboriginal organizations. Also, there is a garden of Indigenous plants (Medicine Garden) outside the Aboriginal Student Centre. The Aboriginal Student Centre is a wonderful resource.