Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
What is unique about Indigenous Studies at York?
Indigenous Studies addresses the multiple issues faced by Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world. Relying on theories developed by Indigenous peoples, the teachings of Elders, participation in ceremonies, and a focus on treaty relationships, York’s program is unique in its additional focus on Metis identities, non-status and/or urban Native peoples, and Indigenous-Black relations.
While students are grounded in knowledge of Indigenous cultures, traditions and languages, they may also choose courses that address the interrelations between Black and Indigenous peoples, the relationship between racism and colonialism, locally and globally, the effects of racialized violence on both Indigenous men and women and people of colour, as well as courses addressing global Indigeneity. You can also choose courses in Indigenous literatures, cinema, and music. Through experiential knowledge courses, those addressing policy, as well a placements in Indigenous organizations or those of Indigenous allies, you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers. This program is designed for students preparing for work in the health professions, public administration, law enforcement, court work or policy work. Indigenous studies graduates are also highly suited for careers in law, education, or social work, as well as graduate studies.
Possible Career Paths
Policy analyst, Court worker, Land claims researcher, Community worker, Native social service worker
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