What is Native Studies?
Native Studies is an exciting, emerging area of study that seeks to understand the experiences and the lives of Aboriginal people and communities, past, present and into the future. It also studies how Aboriginal communities and the countries in which they live influence and define each other.
What we do
The Faculty of Native Studies’ teaching and research pursue ways of understanding Aboriginal communities --local, national and global -- that are relevant to Aboriginal needs.
Welcoming all students, Native Studies combines the insights of many traditional university disciplines, such as anthropology, history, law and sociology, with the wisdom of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives; this approach challenges mainstream ideas about Aboriginal people. It suggests fundamentally new ways of understanding them and their relations with non-Aboriginal societies and governments. By fostering this cultural awareness, Native Studies aims to build bridges that will help create a better Canada.
The Faculty of Native Studies is Student-Centred
- Students benefit directly from their professors’ research.
- Professors weave their research into their teaching to provide rich learning experiences to undergraduate students.
- Undergraduate students get involved in the professors’ research, thus deepening the understanding of Native Studies that the students gain through their courses.
- The relatively small size of the Faculty of Native Studies courses enables students and their professors to get to know one another better than is usually possible in undergraduate courses.
- Students receive individual support and attention
What can I do with a Native Studies Degree?
As Aboriginal self government, land claims and social and economic development become increasingly features of Canadian life, employers seek to hire individuals with expertise and insight into Aboriginal experiences values, and goals.
- Assembly of Manitoba Chief, Metis Nation of Alberta, Metis Settlements General Council, Treaty 6 First Nations, Treaty 7 First Nations, Treaty 8 First Nations
- CBC, CIBC, Davis Law, Husky Energy, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, RBC Financial Group, Shell Canada, Syncrude, Suncor Energy
- Alberta Government, Government of Canada, Government of North West Territories, City of Edmonton, RCMP
- Aboriginal Women's Professional Association, Aboriginal Indian Investment Corporation, Athabasca University, Edmonton Public and Catholic Schools, Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, Nechi Institute, Poundmakers, University of Alberta