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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Laurier offers academic programming with Aboriginal content – from a whole degree to numerous courses.

Indigenous Studies at the Brantford Campus

Enhance the breadth and depth of your knowledge by bringing the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous people into the classroom. You can combine a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Indigenous Studies with a complementary program such as Human Rights and Human Diversity, Criminology, Health Studies or Youth and Children’s Studies, or you can choose to add an Indigenous Studies Option to your degree.

Master of Social Work, Aboriginal Field of Study

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Aboriginal Field of Study is the first in Canada to combine a wholistic Indigenous worldview with contemporary social work practice, and includes the use of Indigenous Elders, a traditional circle process and Indigenous ceremonies. You’ll develop an understanding of and respect for the history, traditions and culture of the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Courses at Laurier with Aboriginal Content

We also offer a number of courses in departments across the university that focus on Aboriginal content that you can make a part of your Laurier experience.

Some recent examples include:

  • Indigenous Studies 120: Introduction to Indigenous Studies (Brantford)
  • Criminology 204: Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (Brantford)
  • History 258: Natives and Empires (Waterloo)
  • Global Studies 355: Indigenous People in Global Context (Waterloo)

Global Studies 355: Indigenous People in Global Context

Learn about the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples and the contemporary relevance of Indigeneity in a globalizing world. Discuss how Indigenous communities respond, resist, and adapt to the forces around them.

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