Recent Course Offerings

Indigenous-Centred Summer Research Institute

The Office of Indigenization offers a summer research institute every two years to enhance the writing and research skills of undergraduate students to encourage them to pursue graduate studies. Through an examination of Indigenous-centred research methods, methodologies, and ethics, this institute provides students with critical analysis tools to understand the historical development of colonial representations and systems of oppression of Indigenous peoples in academia.

Strategies for transformation and for the empowerment of Indigenous peoples are considered though the practice of Indigenous-centred and anti-oppressive research practices. Indigenous peoples’ representation in academia is analyzed from a multidisciplinary approach, including the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Sciences.

Curricular is drawn from:

  • Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • Community Economic Development
  • Art and Material Culture
  • Science and Math

Environmental/Land-based Education Curricular activities include:

  • Traditional and cultural teachings with Elders/knowledge keepers
  • Land-based learning experiences
  • Indigenous Languages SymposiumPanels:
  • Indigenous-centred Scholarship Panel
  • Indigenous Artist and Writers Panel
  • Indigenizing Science and Math Panel

Indigenous Graduate Student Panel Workshops:

  • How to Write For Grad School Workshop
  • Community-directed Ethics Proposals
  • Co-creating Community Research Consent Forms


Certificate in Enhancing Academic Indigenization

The Certificate in Enhancing Academic Indigenization is a partnership between the Office of Indigenization and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. This online course-based certificate is intended to deepen the knowledge and practice of Indigenization for faculty and graduate students in a safe and productive environment.

Course Description:
We seem to be continually facing our shortcomings—personal, theoretical, or practical—as they relate to Indigenization. This course will help to address these shortcomings through authentic, place-based understandings of Indigenization in the Treaty 4 territory. Course content and activities are grounded in scholarship that is relevant, timely, and applicable and which focuses on colonialism, decolonialism, and Indigenization. Knowledge Keepers and experts from this territory—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—will animate online learning through videos that speak to the heart of the complexities, misunderstandings, and benefits of academic Indigenization practices and customized application. Face-to-face sessions will inform participants to authentic Indigenous-centred learning methods and create an opportunity for integrated knowledge-building. By harnessing online communication tools available through UR Courses, participants can exchange, challenge, and support each other’s work, explore bias and assumption, and deepen personal understandings of Indigenization.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify colonialism in academic settings;
  • Recognize its damaging effects;
  • Demonstrate continued connections of Indigenous peoples to land through language and culture; and,
  • Problem-solve solutions based on multiple theories and practices of decolonization or Indigenization.