The University of Winnipeg Senate has voted to create a Department of Indigenous Studies effective immediately, offering both bachelor and master degrees, headed by Dr. Julie Pelletier. Since 2003, UWinnipeg has offered an Aboriginal Governance program which has now grown to warrant departmental status.
As well, the degrees offered will now be called Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance. The department will also provide crucial support to the new Master’s in Development Practice – Indigenous Development when it begins classes in September 2011.
The term “indigenous” is recognized and used internationally in organizations like the United Nations, the International Labour Organization and the Organization of American States. The term “aboriginal” is commonly used only in Canada and Australia. Many Indigenous peoples worldwide are unfamiliar with the term and its meaning.
“Changing the name to Indigenous Studies reflects the global scope of UWinnipeg’s programming,” said Pelletier. “The Department of Indigenous Studies is a more pertinent and relevant title that better describes the cultural aspirations, intellectual focus, current curriculum and course structure of our program.”
At the undergraduate level, UWinnipeg’s Department of Indigenous Studies offers a multidisciplinary approach that include courses on the diverse Indigenous cultures, Indigenous histories, conflict resolution, and religious studies, with a core focus on policy. At the graduate level, the course of study focuses specifically on issues of self-determination, governance, development, public administration, international relations, and environmental policy.
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