Governance * Resistance * Representation * Dialogue * Learning * Consensus
Combined Honours in Indigenous Studies
Carleton’s Combined Honours in Indigenous Studies engages both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students through a decolonial lens, blending traditional academic instruction with Indigenous-led approaches to teaching. The program aims to build a community of students who will lead Canada’s efforts to grapple with the complex history of relations between Indigenous peoples and Canada.
The program exposes students to core courses in pre and post-contact Indigenous Studies, Indigenous resistance, Indigenous representations, and urban Indigenous issues. Students enrolled in the program complete either a land-based or community-based fourth-year project.
The program has four main thematic areas or suites of courses centered on Indigenous Peoplehood Studies, Indigenous ways of knowing and epistemologies, the history of Indigenous-Settler relations and colonization, and lastly, Indigenous recovery, vitalization, and reclamation and decolonization. This latter suite includes courses on Indigenous governance and contemporary issues. The four themes come together at the fourth year in a Capstone course titled “Indigeneity and the City” which focuses specifically on urban Indigeneity and the Ottawa area.