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Indigenous Studies

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CodeCourse NameGradeType
NAC1OExpressions of Indigenous Cultures9Open
NAC2OIndigenous Peoples in Canada10Open
NBE3EContemporary Aboriginal Voices11Workplace
NBE3CContemporary Aboriginal Voices11College
NBE3UContemporary Aboriginal Voices11University
NBV3EWorld Views and Aspirations of Indigenous Peoples of Canada11Workplace
NDA3MContemporary Indigenous Issues and Perspectives11University/ College
NDW4MIssues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context12University/ College

Course descriptions

NAC1O – Expressions of Indigenous Cultures

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course explores various Indigenous art forms (media arts, music, dance, drama, storytelling, visual art, installation and performance art, clothing design, and architectural design), giving students the opportunity to create, present, and analyze integrated art works infused with Indigenous perspectives. Students will examine relationships between art forms and individual and cultural identities, histories, and values. Students will demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply art-related concepts, styles, and conventions and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom. Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to integrated arts challenges.

 

NAC2O – Indigenous Peoples in Canada

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course explores the histories of Indigenous peoples in Canada from precontact to the present day. Students will examine the impact of past social, cultural, economic, political, and legal trends and developments on Indigenous communities and individuals. Students will apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process to investigate a range of issues, events, and interactions that have affected Indigenous peoples, including those that continue to affect relations between Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians today.

 

NBE3E – Contemporary Aboriginal Voices

1 credit, Workplace, Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills through the study of works in English by Indigenous writers. Students will study the content, form, and style of informational texts and literary and media works, and will develop an appreciation of the wealth and complexity of Indigenous writing. Students will also write explanations, letters, and reports, and will investigate the connections between media forms and audiences. An important focus will be on using language clearly, accurately, and effectively in a variety of contexts.

 

NBE3C – Contemporary Aboriginal Voices

1 credit, College, Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills through the study of works in English by Indigenous writers. Students will study the content, form, and style of informational texts and literary and media works, and will develop an appreciation of the wealth and complexity of Indigenous writing. Students will also write reports, correspondence, and persuasive essays, and analyze the relationship between media forms and audiences. An important focus will be on establishing appropriate voice and using business and technical language with precision and clarity.

NBE3U – Contemporary Aboriginal Voices

1 credit, University, Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills through the study of works in English by Indigenous writers. Through the analysis of literary texts and media works, students will develop an appreciation of the wealth and complexity of Indigenous writing. Students will also conduct research and analyze the information gathered; write persuasive and literary essays; and analyze the relationship between media forms and audiences. An important focus will be the further development of students’ understanding of English-language usage and conventions.

 

NBV3E – World Views and Aspirations of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

1 credit, Workplace, Prerequisite: Grade 10 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada, Open, or Grade 10 Canadian History since World War I, Academic or Applied

This course explores diverse world views and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Students will examine issues of identity facing Indigenous individuals and communities with respect to changing relationships with the land, nature, one another, and Canada. Students will explore their own world views, and the factors that shape world views over time, to develop an understanding of how traditional and contemporary values influence the aspirations of Indigenous peoples.

 

NDA3M – Contemporary Indigenous Issues and Perspectives

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Grade 10 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada, Open, or Grade 10 Canadian History since World War I, Academic or Applied

This course explores existing and emerging issues of local, regional, and national importance to Indigenous peoples in Canada. Students will analyze diverse perspectives on issues and events related to land, community, governance, identity, culture, and global trends. Using the concepts of political thinking and the tools of political inquiry, students will explore their own and others’ ideas and investigate issues to determine what needs to change and why. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their own problem-solving strategies to address an issue of their choice.

 

NDW4M – Issues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Any Grade 11 university, university/college, or college preparation course in Indigenous Studies

This course provides students with an overview of the issues and challenges that confront indigenous peoples worldwide. Students will develop an understanding of the concerns and aspirations of the world’s indigenous population, plan and conduct research on global issues that have an impact on indigenous peoples, and use information technology to consult materials related to the views of indigenous peoples throughout the world.