Deepening student knowledge of Indigenous history through curriculum

June 14, 2023
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Education is key to advancing truth, reconciliation and healing in Canada. This National Indigenous History Month, learn how universities are integrating Indigenous content into their curriculum and resources.

In 2016, the University of Winnipeg was the first institution in Canada to introduce a new graduation requirement: all students must take at least one Indigenous-focused course. This unprecedented step by a Canadian institution was later adopted by others, including Lakehead University in the 2016/17 academic year and Trent University in 2017.

A 2022 report revealed that this policy garnered positive outcomes, notably for non-Indigenous students. Through Indigenous-focused courses, students gained a deeper understanding of historic and ongoing injustice faced by Indigenous Peoples, had an increased desire to address systemic issues and were more supportive of government-led equitable initiatives.

Canadian universities also offer opportunities for others to learn more about truth and reconciliation. The University of Alberta does just that with its Indigenous Canada 12-lesson massive open online course, offered by the Faculty of Native Studies. Since its launch in 2017, nearly 400,000 people have participated in this free, interactive and self-paced course that explores the complex experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canadian history and today’s society and is a must for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of issues around truth and reconciliation.

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Lisa Wallace
Assistant Director, Communications
Universities Canada
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Tagged:  Indigenous education

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