Indigenous studies is a rapidly growing and diverse field of study that encourages you to bring your full self to the classroom. Diverse teaching methods, such as planting medicines, bring material to life and allow you to understand Indigenous worldviews, as well as apply them to the world around you.
Laurier is a national leader in offering quality Indigenous curriculum and programming designed to support the academic journey of Indigenous students. As part of our commitment to Indigenous education, Laurier has created an Indigenous curriculum specialist role to provide support to Laurier instructors as they integrate Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous curriculum into courses and programs.
The Indigenous curriculum specialist also works closely with Indigenous communities to build mutual understanding and to develop meaningful conversations that strengthen Laurier’s relationship with these groups. Collaboratively developed between the offices of Indigenous Initiatives and Teaching and Learning, this role is critical in the actualization of our goal to build capacity in Indigenous education and to support the Indigenization of our campuses.
With the support of the Faculty of Social Work at Laurier, the Centre for Indigegogy offers experiential and wholistic professional development steeped in Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and culture. The centre is a tool to restore the truth of Indigenous peoples’ history and knowledge. The story is one of survival, resistance and resilience. It represents the tenacity of Indigenous knowledge and peoples.
The Master of Social Work Indigenous Field of Study program is the first program in Canada rooted in a wholistic Indigenous world view and contemporary social work practice. Along with intellectual development, students engage in the development of their spiritual, emotional and physical selves. Every year the program hosts a conference highlighting graduate students research and experiences.
Laurier’s Indigenous Mobility and Curriculum Across Borders program provides the opportunity for three Indigenous students from Laurier and three Indigenous students from Syracuse University in New York State to physically trade places and create Indigenous-informed curriculum modules. The participating students will not only have a life-changing experience – the chance to go somewhere new, meet new people, access different opportunities and generally expand their horizons – they also have a chance to shape what future students learn about Indigenous peoples. The curriculum modules they will help develop, will incorporate a perspective that is more inclusive of Indigenous students.
This program is in partnership with three American universities and two Indigenous organizations, and is supported by a grant from Santander Bank through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.
“Laurier’s investment in the mandate of this position reflects its commitment to building greater cross-disciplinary capacity in Indigeneity and to recognizing and developing students as unique, holistic beings.” – Erin Hodson, Indigenous Curriculum Specialist
“Laurier’s investment in the mandate of this position reflects its commitment to building greater cross-disciplinary capacity in Indigeneity and to recognizing and developing students as unique, holistic beings.”
– Erin Hodson, Indigenous Curriculum Specialist
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