Something faculty and staff may have noticed about working at UBC is our commitment to mending, creating, and sustaining good relationships with Indigenous peoples, in particular the Indigenous people on whose unceded, traditional, and ancestral lands our campuses are situated on. As UBC community members, we are all responsible for engaging thoughtfully, consistently, and humbly in this process.
Part of this work is reflected in our ability to acknowledge these lands and their history in a sincere, respectful, and meaningful way.
Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada.
From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.
Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.
This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.