Indigenous Culture, History and Contemporary Issues

This course provides an introduction to Indigenous culture in Turtle Island (North America) from the perspectives of Indigenous peoples of eastern Canada, particularly the Mi’kmaq people of the Algonkin language family. Further sources of learning will arise from engagement with the Bible, Indigenous history, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

A survey of Indigenous people across the country in light of land, languages and cultures will set the stage for discussion of colonization and its impact on Indigenous people. The dynamics of Indigenous cultural development, change, adaptation, resistance, destruction and recovery will be discussed. Honoring the traditional lands of Mi’kmaq people will include an Indigenous knowledge keeper and ceremony of welcome.

Each day will begin with Indigenous ceremony to set the tone for daily discussions from readings, presentations and student research into Indigenous culture, history and contemporary issues. Participation in Indigenous ceremony is entirely voluntary. This course is open to AST students and to anyone desiring Continuing Education in Aboriginal issues.

Instructor:  A. Jacobs
Date: June 17-28, 2019
Monday to Friday, 9:00 – Noon each day
Fee:  $150     3.0 CEUs


Continuing Education students have no assignments or tests.