“Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practise reconciliation in our everyday lives—within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools and workplaces. To do so constructively, Canadians must remain committed to the ongoing work of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.”
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015), p. 21.

Education is an important area of focus as all Canadians work to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. But the TRC specifically called on educational institutions and the research community to advance understanding of reconciliation, integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms, and become inclusive spaces for Indigenous students and teachers (pp. 320–22, 331). At Carleton, we are working towards these goals through the Kinàmàgawin (“Learning Together”) strategy. As a learning community centrally concerned with the study of how people live together and with training citizens for public life, the Faculty of Public Affairs acknowledges our profound responsibility to work towards conciliation with the Indigenous peoples of these lands, and especially the Algonquin nation, on whose traditional and unceded territory Carleton University is located.

This page compiles educational resources particularly relevant to the FPA community. For information on other programs, initiatives, and services to support Indigenous students, staff, and faculty at Carleton, visit the Indigenous Gathering Site.

For students


Indigenous peoples, histories, and knowledges are addressed in courses offered across the Faculty of Public Affairs, but the following courses have a focus on Indigenous issues. Please note that not all courses are offered every year, and permission of the department may be required for students in other programs to enrol. Consult the academic calendar and class schedule for more details.


  • COMS 4316 [0.5 credit] Indigenous Media in Global Contexts
    Prerequisite(s): fourth-year Honours standing in Communication and Media Studies (including BGInS related specializations), or permission of the School of Journalism and Communication
  • CRCJ 3200 [0.5 credit] Indigeneity, Coloniality, and Crime
    Prerequisite(s): CRCJ 1000, INDG 1010, or INDG 1011, third-year standing, and enrollment in a B.A. or Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, or by permission of the Institute
  • JOUR 4503 / MPAD 4503 [0.5 credit] Investigating Journalism: Journalism, Indigenous Peoples and Canada
    Prerequisite(s): third- or fourth-year B.J. Honours standing, or permission of the School
  • LAWS 3504 [0.5 credit] Law and Aboriginal Peoples
    Prerequisite(s): 1.0 credit in LAWS at the 2000 level
  • LAWS 4504 [0.5 credit] Indigenous Criminal Justice
    Prerequisite(s): LAWS 2908, CRCJ 3001, or CRCJ 3002 and LAWS 2301, LAWS 2302 and fourth-year Honours standing
  • MPAD 4503 / JOUR 4503 [0.5 credit] Investigating Journalism: Journalism, Indigenous Peoples and Canada
    Prerequisite(s): third- or fourth-year B.J. Honours standing, or permission of the School
  • PSCI 3310 [0.5 credit] Global Indigenous Politics
    Prerequisite(s): third-year standing
  • PSCI 4206 [0.5 credit] Indigenous Politics of North America
    Prerequisite(s): fourth-year Honours standing or permission of the Department, and one of GPOL 1500, GPOL 2500, PSCI 2001, PSCI 2002, PSCI 2003, PSCI 2101, PSCI 2102, or PSCI 3205
  • PADM 1501 [0.5 credit] Public Administration in Nunavut
    Prerequisite(s): enrolment in the Certificate for Nunavut Public Service Studies. Normally offered in Nunavut
  • PADM 4224 [0.5 credit] Aboriginal Policy
    Prerequisite(s): fourth-year standing in the Public Policy and Administration Specialization of the B.P.A.P.M. program.
  • SOWK 4000 [0.5 credit] Social Work and Indigenous Peoples
    Prerequisite(s): third-year standing in Bachelor of Social Work
  • SOWK 4102 [0.5 credit] Indigenous Peoples and Social Policy
    Prerequisite(s): third-year standing or permission of the School of Social Work


  • PSCI 5100 [0.5 credit] Indigenous Politics of North America
  • PSCI 5410 [0.5 credit] Postcolonial Theories and Practices
  • PADM 5224 [0.5 credit] Indigenous Policy
    Prerequisite for the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration
  • SOWK 5011 [0.5 credit] Social Work and Social Justice
    Prerequisite(s): BSW or Foundation Year of MSW program
  • SOWK 5015 [0.5 credit] Indigenous Knowledge and Theory for Social Work
    Prerequisite(s): BSW or Foundation Year of the MSW program

For instructors

  • Ānako Indigenous Research Institute. Institute supporting emerging and established scholars in their development of Indigenous-focussed research projects, methodologies and ethics; partnering with local communities to identify appropriate research projects; and creating opportunities for the dissemination of research conducted by Carleton faculty and students.
  • Academica’s Indigenous Top Ten. Biweekly newsletter with breaking news, research, best practices, and policy developments regarding First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education in Canada.
  • Collaborative Indigenous Learning Bundles. Digital resources for integrating Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into courses.
  • Indigenous research talks, speaking events, and student symposiums around Carleton.
  • Indigenous Learning Resources. Readings, podcasts, and films curated by the Centre for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement.