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Submitted by wont on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 7:49pm

“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth.
All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Chief Seattle

What is Indigenous Studies?

Indigenous Studies focuses upon such aspects of Indigenous peoples' experience as arts, cultures, ecologies, economies, histories, identities, knowledge, languages, literatures, music, community and political dynamics, relations with others, and ways of knowing. International Indigenous Studies examines those topics in Canada and elsewhere around the world, often in an explicitly comparative perspective. The University of Calgary International Indigenous Studies B.A. program is unique in its close attention both to the international realm and to Indigenous peoples’ ways of knowing.

Who Enrolls in International Indigenous Studies?

International Indigenous Studies at the University of Calgary attracts both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and increases understanding, awareness of and respect for Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge, realities, perspectives, experience, and cultures from around the world. Areas of focus are many and include such things as the Indigenous peoples' relationship with

Why International Indigenous Studies?

Indigenous peoples are becoming more prominent players on the Canadian and world stages.  As such, many sectors of the Canadian and global economy are recognizing and adjusting to the demands and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada and beyond.  These sectors include:

  • Mining
  • Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Oil and gas
  • Banking
  • Tourism
  • Mass media
  • The arts
  • Public administration