What is Native Studies

  • Is an emerging area of study that seeks to understand the experiences and the lives of Aboriginal people and communities, past, present and future 
  • Researches how Aboriginal communities and the countries in which they live influence and define each other 
  • Pursues ways of understanding Aboriginal communities -- local, national and global 
  • Combines the insights of many traditional university disciplines, such as anthropology, history, law and sociology, with the wisdom of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives; this approach challenges mainstream ideas about Aboriginal people 
  • Suggests fundamentally new ways of understanding Aboriginal people and their relations with non-Aboriginal societies and governments 
  • Aims to build bridges that will help create a better Canada