Aboriginal Studies

Aboriginal Studies 10–20–30 provides a conceptual framework for all learners to enhance understanding of the diverse Aboriginal cultures within their region, Canada and the world. The goal of Aboriginal Studies 10–20–30 is to increase the knowledge of the learner about the past, present and future of Aboriginal peoples. Students will examine how Aboriginal peoples are striving toward maintaining and promoting cultures and identities that reflect values based on respect for the laws of nature and a continual pursuit of balance among individuals, the family unit, the larger community and global community context. The term “Aboriginal” refers to First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Aboriginal Studies 10

5 Credits

The course is based on perspectives and worldviews of Aboriginal peoples. It includes the study of traditions and history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and particularly in Alberta. Student learning outcomes provide opportunities to examine such topics as governmental structures, literature, the arts and the sciences.

The four themes in Aboriginal Studies 10 are:

  • Origin and Settlement Patterns 
  • Aboriginal Worldviews 
  • Political and Economic Organization 
  • Aboriginal Symbolism and Expression.

Aboriginal Studies 20

5 Credits

The course focuses on indigenous people from a Canadian and Alberta perspective. It includes the study of policies, legislation, conflict and cultural change.

The four themes in Aboriginal Studies 20 are:

  • The Métis: Conflict and Cultural Change 
  • Treaties and Cultural Change 
  • Legislation, Policies and Cultural Change 
  • Schooling and Cultural Change.

Aboriginal Studies 30

5 Credits

Students will gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing Aboriginal peoples worldwide. Aboriginal Studies 30 enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal land claims, Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society and Aboriginal world issues.

The four themes in Aboriginal Studies 30 are:

  • Aboriginal Rights and Self-government 
  • Aboriginal Land Claims
  • Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Society 
  • Aboriginal World Issues
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