Aanii, Boozhoo, Koolamasi, Shekoli, Shekon, Tansi

Welcome to Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study, examining topics relevant to Indigenous peoples' realities. Housed in the Faculty of Social Science, the program provides students with an opportunity to listen, learn, and engage with matters that are important to Indigenous peoples while providing them with the flexibility to combine their program with other undergraduate degrees.


What's new

Indigenous Studies Mural!

New Indigenous Studies mural honours community voices on Western University campus.
Two bears climb trees, acting as protectors as animals gather around a sacred fire. Flowing behind it all are the waters of the Deshkan Ziibi.
This scene is part of a new mural outside the Indigenous Studies office on the third floor of the Social Science Centre at Western. The mural has been created by students, staff and faculty connected to the program.
Mike Cywink, an Indigenous Studies student and staff member at Western, designed the mural with input from the community.

Watch the YouTube Video Here 


Faculty Position (Open Rank) - Director, Indigenous Studies at Western University!

Posting information can be found here: Director Position Information


Indigenous Studies collaborates in Multi-generational Wisdom Council on climate crisis

In March of this year Indigenous youth and traditional knowledge holders from from Deshkan Ziibi and  Alba/Scotland got together for a virtual wisdom council to discuss the role of Indigenous knowledge and intergenerational connections as a means of strengthening climate crisis resilience. The Wisdom Council was also attended by interested members of the public from Alba, Turtle Island and Aotearoa. This was the second of two wisdom councils led by the Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience, Western University and Vancouver Island University. We are very happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship program (HHIRFP) Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Western, and in particular Indigenous Studies student and HHIRF Chantel Jamieson in producing a report on both wisdom councils. The report on both wisdom councils can be read here. The report can be read here.


Snapshot of 2022-23 Courses

INDIGSTU 1020E – Introduction to Indigenous Studies, Instructor: Cody Groat
INDIGSTU 2104 – Introduction to Mohawk Language, Instructor: Kanatawakhon Maracle
INDIGSTU 2113 – Algonquain Language and Culture, Instructor: Mario Wassaykeesic
INDIGSTU 2213F – Historical Issues, Instructor: Alena Rosen
INDIGSTU 2218G – Contemporary Indigenous Issues, Instructor: Kelly Linton
INDIGSTU 2233F – Archeology of Ontario and the Great Lakes, Instructor: Peter Timmins
INDIGSTU 2234F – Adean Archeology, Instructor: Amedeo Sghinolfi
INDIGSTU 2501F – Iroquoian Arts, Instructor: Kanatawakhon Maracle
INDIGSTU 2601G – Indigenous Environments, Instructor: Rick Fehr
INDIGSTU 3001F – Climate, Culture and Indigenous Geographies, Instructor: Lewis Wiliams
INDIGSTU 3104 – Intermediate Mohawk, Instructor: Kanatawakhon Maracle
INDIGSTU 3140F – Indigenous Knowledge and Traditions, Instructor: Lewis Williams
INDIGSTU 3142F – Doing Research with Indigenous Communities (In a Good Way), Instructor: Ashley Sisco
INDIGSTU 3722G – Indigenous Political and Legal Issues, Instructor: Emily Beacock
INDIGSTU 3880F – Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island, Instructor: Pauline Wakeham
INDIGSTU 4001G - Indigenous Peoples and Public History, Instructor: Cody Groat
INDIGSTU 4023F - Research in Indigenous Studies, Instructor: Clint Jacobs
INDIGSTU 4903G – Indigenous Research Methodologies, Instructor: Lewis Williams

For course descriptions, see the Course Description Page 
For full course listings, see the 2022-2023 Timetable