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Indigenous Studies minor

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The purpose of the Minor in Indigenous Studies is to foster student understanding of Indigenous histories, contemporary perspectives, and lived experiences, and to gain insight into Indigenous ways of knowing. Students will develop a critical awareness of colonialism in Canada, within global and historical contexts. Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in education and to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigneous Peoples (UNDRIP), the minor aims to offer a teaching and learning environment that facilitates respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Indigenous pedagogies and the values of respect, reciprocity, relevance, responsibility, and relationality inform the program.

The Indigenous Studies Minor is an inter-Faculty minor accessible to students registered in programs across the university, housed in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. Core INDG courses are offered to students in combination with upper-year courses offered in each Faculty, in order to enhance students’ capacity to apply knowledge, understanding and experience gained in core courses in their specific disciplines and/or faculties.

Admissions requirements

The Indigenous Studies minor is available to students in any major program at Ontario Tech University. The minor consists of six courses or 18 credit hours, which includes four required courses and two electives from the list of approved courses. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in courses in this minor program is required for successful completion.

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