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Indigenous Studies is a growing, globally engaged field of study. Indigenous Studies engages students with aspects of Indigenous peoples’ ways of knowing and ways of living in the world that include, among other things, ecological ways of knowing, histories, identities, cultural practices and traditions, languages, diplomacies, politics, and community dynamics.
Carleton University is located in the valley of the Kiji Sibi (Ottawa River) – recognized in its Aboriginal Co-ordinated Strategy as unceded Algonquin territory. Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley are home to a large and growing First Nation, Inuit, and Métis population as well as Indigenous peoples from around the globe. Over the past decade, Carleton has continued to grow its commitment to providing high quality undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education to Indigenous peoples. Carleton’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies has drawn upon the strength of its location to build sound relationships with the numerous urban and national Aboriginal organizations, and international organizations serving Indigenous peoples, in the Ottawa region.
Following the Mamiwininmowin (Algonquin language) concept of aditawazi nisoditadiwin, or walking in two worlds, Carleton’s Indigenous Studies program blends traditional academic instruction with Indigenous approaches to teaching. Coursework in the program covers four main thematic areas: Indigenous peoplehood studies; Indigenous ways of knowing and epistemologies; the history of Indigenous-Settler relations and colonization; and Indigenous recovery, vitalization, and reclamation and decolonization. In fourth year, students will have the option of working with elders or a community organization in a capstone project.