Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples - Microcredential Series

This microcredential series pulls the rug out from underneath settler-based constructions of Indigeneity. Taking up the most prevalent stereotypes of Indigenous people, students learn to unpack and challenge the narratives that both skew the lived experience of Indigenous peoples and allow the replication of stereotypes that reinforce colonial relationships.

Three courses are offered within this series: 1) Foundations of Stereotypes: Systems Thinking, 2) Representations: Application and Collaboration, and 3) Systems: Leadership and Institutional Change. The first course is mandatory for either of the other courses.


Dr. Tasha Hubbard

Academic Lead

Course creators and instructors

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Microcredential Details

Course Cost

$349 + GST (per course)

Delivery Format

Online, self-directed (asynchronous)

Record of Completion

Printable certificate; non-credit transcript; digital badge

Next Offering

Winter 2022-23



Completion Requirements

~ 20 hours/course; 3 courses to complete the micro-credential series


All material is available online and no textbooks are required.

Transferable Course Credit



Foundations of Stereotypes: Systems Thinking

NOTE: This course is a prerequisite to registering for Representations: Application and Collaboration and/or Systems: Leadership and Institutional Change

Using introductory psychology and critical Indigenous Studies, this course introduces learners to the foundations of anti-Indigenous stereotypes in North America. Stereotypes are not simply offensive insults, they also reveal crucial information about how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples experience our society differently, both historically and today.

This course includes some foundational stereotypes and concepts that are essential to understand before moving forward.


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Representations: Application and Collaboration

This course examines historical and contemporary representations of Indigenous peoples in mainstream media, pop culture, and social discourse. These lectures connect stereotypical portrayals of Indigenous peoples with their real world impacts.

Each module further explores how Indigenous creators, scholars, and activists are pushing back against stereotypical representations, and how students can support this work and/or make interventions of their own.

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Systems: Leadership and Institutional Change

This course takes a closer look at the relationship between stereotypes of Indigenous peoples and socio-political-economic systems in North America. We examine how anti-Indigenous stereotypes are mobilized to maintain systems of power which in turn suppress Indigenous resistance and lifeways. 

This course provides students with the tools needed to critically analyze, intervene on, and reframe these harmful narratives to support the work and actions Indigenous people are already undertaking to counter these stereotypes.

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Note: EXNS 2805, Foundations of Stereotypes: Systems Thinking must be completed before either of the other courses.

EXNS 2805 (required)

Foundations of Stereotypes: Systems Thinking.

EXNS 2806

Representations: Application and Collaboration.

EXNS 2807

Systems: Leadership and Institutional Change.

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