Opinion: A seeming intent to continue Indigenous Studies: Genuine or just more PR spin? – Anishinabek News

Opinion: A seeming intent to continue Indigenous Studies: Genuine or just more PR spin? – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on May 7, 202119 Views

May 7, 2021

In a fresh communique, 11:56 a.m. Thursday, May 6, 2021, Laurentian University states: “Through engagement with the Laurentian University Native Education Council (LUNEC), discussions are ongoing with respect to additional Indigenous Studies courses that may be developed and offered by Laurentian in future, in addition to the existing programs and courses that currently exist.” If Laurentian University President Dr. Robert Haché means the full range of Indigenous Studies programming that the University of Sudbury has been offering — specialization, concentration, several minors, and the various courses needed for each – several full-time faculty would be required if Laurentian University is to do justice by this discipline.

In 1989, my first year with the department, there were six full-time faculty delivering a three-year B.A. in Native Studies (as the program was called then), and most or all of its courses were offered just on-campus, not by distance. Now, there is a four-year B.A. in Indigenous Studies (IS) and several minors in such areas of focus as Indigenous Healing and Wellness, and Indigenous Environmental Studies, and about triple the number of courses that existed in 1989. Many are offered both on-campus and by distance. Clearly Laurentian University would need to have at least six full-time faculty if it is going to offer an Indigenous Studies program that is on par with the discipline as it has evolved across Canada over the past three decades.

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