Indigenous Studies Online Courses

Continuing Education

The Faculty of Native Studies offers continuing education programming for a broad range of professionals and lifelong learners. Our courses have been designed to build specialized and enduring skills and competencies for application in a wide array of professions and settings. We are training lifelong learners because we believe that increasing knowledge will: 

  • improve lives, 
  • equip conscious allies,
  • assist professionals to better service clients and perform their jobs more effectively,
  • lead to new solutions, 
  • build strong communities, and 
  • contribute to Indigenous self-determination

Come and learn from leading Indigenous studies content experts and from a faculty that has 34 years of expertise at the University of Alberta.

Online Courses

Tackling Structural Racism

Introduces key anti-racism concepts that are applied to various sectors.

Level: Beginner

Length: 8-10 hours

Delivery: Online (asynchronous)

Price: $175 + GST

Indigenous Peoples and Canada

Introduces Indigenous historical and contemporary experiences in Canada.

Level: Beginner

Length: 8-10 hours

Delivery: Online (asynchronous)

Price: $175 + GST

Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples

Three microcredential courses that focus on the foundations, representations and systems related to Indigenous stereotypes.

Level: Beginner

Length: 3 courses, 20 hours each

Delivery: Online (asynchronous)

Price: $349 + GST

Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience

Three microcredential courses that introduce students to Indigenous science, technology and governance.

Level: Beginner

Length: TBD

Delivery: Online (asynchronous)

Price: TBD

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Reach for the Sky—Métis Women’s Leadership

Created in partnership with Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak—Women of the Métis Nation.

Level: Beginner

Length: 3 hours/ week for 12 weeks

Delivery: Online (asynchronous)

Price: $290 + GST

Indigenous Canada

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

Level: Beginner

Length: 21 hours

Delivery: Online (asynchronous)

Price: Free; $59 for Coursera certificate

Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Partnership

Short description.

Level: Pathways for applicants with or without a university degree

Length: 6-10 undergraduate courses

Delivery: Face to face and blended

Price: Cost recovery fees

 

Offered Fall 2022/Winter 2023:

Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience

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NS 115 introduces students to the intricate connections between science and technology fields, broader dynamics of colonialism, and increasing demands for Indigenous governance of science and technology. The course is structured by centering Indigenous peoples’ relationships to science and technology fields as “objects/subjects,” “collaborators,” and “scientists.”  

Instructors: Kim TallBear, Jessica Kolopenuk


 

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To register, please follow these instructions based on your learning pathway:
    1. Visiting Students
      Undergraduate students from another institution who wish to take the course for credit (3 credit programming) should contact nsadvise@ualberta.ca. Fall 2022 application deadline is July 1st.

    2. Open Studies
      Non-registered students who wish to take the course for credit (3 credit programming),
      apply for Open Studies by August 25 for Fall 2022.

    3. Continuing Education
      Each course is fee-based, at $290 + GST. Sign up through the Faculty of Extension here. Set your date range and click on "Proceed to select your courses," and select "CE - Faculty of Native Studies (EXNS)" in the Subject drop down. Click the green "Search button" and select your course(s). For assistance, email: extnreg@ualberta.ca or call 780-492-3116.

    4. U of A Students - register on Beartracks.


Offered Fall 2022/Winter 2023:

Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples

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NS 161 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.

Instructors and Creators: Tasha Hubbard, Tracy BearMolly Swain, and Sara Howdle


What are the benefits of taking these courses?

  • Gain foundational knowledge about Indigenous histories and contemporary experiences to build a more equitable, diverse, just and inclusive future
  • Enhance your career with a sought-after skillset that will enable better client service and contribute to stronger job performance
  • Learn from leading Indigenous studies content experts and from a faculty with 34 years of expertise at the University of Alberta
  • Be equipped as a conscious ally to make a difference in your community, create new solutions, and improve relationships
  • Contribute effectively to Indigenous self-determination

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