A university degree is more than courses, studying, and grades — it is an experience and an engagement with ourselves, our hopes, and our goals. What better way for students to engage in this experience than through the undergraduate and graduate programs and courses in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies? You can begin your intellectual journey “at home”, by reflecting critically on what Canada is, has been, and might become. This includes a Canada consisting of its original inhabitants as well as with the waves of settlers that have followed the first colonial encounters.

We feel very privileged in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies to have the space, the dedicated faculty, and the programs to offer students university experience and allow for both academic and unprecedented hands-on practical opportunities. We welcome you to explore our courses, programs, and possibilities. We offer practicum components at both the undergraduate and the MA level, allowing students to take advantage of our location in Canada’s capital. There is also the possibility of having a Mention:Français attached to the undergraduate degree and our fourth-year Capstone Seminar provides additional opportunities to engage in academic research, publication, and hands-on experience.

Our MA program was the first at Carleton – and in Canada – and our joint Ph.D. program with Trent University is unmatched, allowing for critical intellectual engagement in a variety of fields and also a specialization in political economy. We also offer access to a wide variety of national and international resources, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization and National Archives, as well as a number of prestigious symposia/conferences and special lectures dealing with issues in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.

The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies helps students to deepen their understanding of Canada by conducting interdisciplinary research on exciting and innovative topics. Our courses cross disciplinary boundaries and provide detailed, current information about complex issues and concerns confronting Canada and beyond. We aim to connect with research and researchers exploring new directions in the study of Canada. And most importantly, we provide an atmosphere that encourages students to reflect, engage, discuss, and participate. I encourage you to explore the web site; please contact me if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at our School.

Director of Indigenous and Canadian Studies