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.
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
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: