The University of Sudbury (UofS) is a bilingual and tri-cultural university committed to promoting the culture, values, perspectives and realities of Indigenous peoples. It is located on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and the Wahnapitae First Nation.
The UofS offers programs in Indigenous Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Folklore and Journalism.
This long-standing department promotes an understanding of Indigenous peoples, their ways of being and knowing, aspirations, rights and contributions. It welcomes Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and is inclusive of First Nations, Inuit and Métis perspectives. It is a leader in providing quality education in Indigenous knowledge and practice, within traditional and contemporary contexts. Key areas of study include:
– Health and wellness – examines contemporary health problems that Indigenous peoples face.
– Politics and law – encompasses Indigenous and treaty rights, governance and decolonization, Indigenous sovereignty and settler relations.
– Social justice – examines issues in family and community life, from the perspectives of social policy and family law.
– Traditional environmental knowledge – takes a traditional approach to global environmental challenges.
– Culture – focuses on the interplay of traditional values, identity, spirituality and the language;
– Courses on Nishnaabemwin and Cree are also offered.
Currently, all classes are offered in a distance format. Normally, delivery options include: In-class, distance, part-time
Nishnaabe-gkendaaswin Teg Arbour (“Where Indigenous Knowledge is”)
This is a sacred outdoor space to sit with ancestors, receive teachings, explore one’s place within Creation, and share in peace, understanding and contemplation. It is mainly used by the students and faculty of the UofS, but available to others for appropriate ceremonies and occasions.
The UofS is dedicated to making education financially accessible by providing many scholarships, bursaries, and awards. Some of those offered specifically to Indigenous students:
– STELLA KINOSHAMEG AWARD IN INDIGENOUS STUDIES
– DR. CONSTANCE ELAINE JAYNE WILLIAMS AND CHARLES L. WILLIAMS EDUCATIONAL TRUST SCHOLARSHIP
– ROTARY INDIGENOUS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
With the help of donors, the UofS is pleased to offer substantial continuing scholarship opportunities ($5,000 to $7,000 yearly, per recipient) to Indigenous students.
Visit www.usudbury.ca to learn more!