Indigenous Programs at UofT
Aboriginal Studies (BA degree program)
Aboriginal Studies opened its doors at the University of Toronto in the fall of 1994. The Aboriginal Studies Program focuses on the languages, cultures, histories, creativity and well-being of Indigenous Peoples and on their knowledge within Canada and globally. It is an ever-growing interdisciplinary program, drawing from the wide range of resources of the University of Toronto and it is associated with the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St. George Campus.
Aboriginal Studies' mandate conforms to the goals of the University of Toronto as a whole, with a focus on critical analysis and logical and creative thinking, and is concerned with the reconceptualization of knowledge, requiring all of its students to examine their own knowledge and experiences from different perspectives. In addition, the program strives to fit the needs of all of its students, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.
For more information, connect with the Aboriginal Studies Home Page at the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Indigenous Programs, Specializations and Collaborative Programs at OISE
Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies in Education Specialization in Sociology and Equity Studies
This specialization addresses current issues, trends, perspectives, and models of Aboriginal and Indigenous education through historical, cultural, spiritual, social and political philosophies and themes.
Specific foci include:
1. Aboriginal, Indigenous, and marginalized knowledges in global contexts and pedagogical implications for educational change;
2. the roles media, institutions, governments, and historical and contemporary policy in producing conditions of constraint, images of Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples, social and class differences, dominance, control politics, and social inequalities in regard to Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples;
3. and a special interest in the developing, promoting, and sustaining of anticolonial thought in the academy and in community.
The goal of this specialization is to create spaces for integrating Aboriginal and Indigenous knowledges.
Aboriginal Health Collaborative Degree
In order to complete a collaborative degree, all master's students in the program must take one Indigenous content course. In home graduate units where a thesis or major research paper is required, it must deal with an Aboriginal health topic. At least one member of the student's thesis committee should be a core faculty member of the collaborative program. In home graduate units that do not have a thesis requirement, student must undertake a practicum or equivalent in an Aboriginal health topic, supervised by a core faculty member of the collaborative program. Students must participate in the Research Seminar Series, held monthly, as well as participate in at least one National/Regional Workshop. Student must complete the requirements to the collaborative program in addition to those requirements for the degree program in their home graduate unit.
For doctoral students, the requirements are the same for the master's program listed above. Students who have previously taken one of the core courses during their master's program are required to take a different course during their doctoral program and participate in a new Research Seminar Series and at least one National/Regional Workshop.