On November 5th, 2014, Cristina Coc and Pablo Miss visited the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives to discuss their advocacy efforts [Read More]
What is Aboriginal Studies?
Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program within the Faculty of Arts and Science. The program is dedicated to the scholarly study and research of the priorities and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada and throughout the world. An important goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students to learn and think about Indigenous knowledges in creative, transformative and critical ways. The program offers courses that engender a rigorous and respectful understanding of Indigenous peoples’ languages, knowledges, cultures, histories, politics, arts, intellectual traditions, and research methodologies. The University of Toronto’s Aboriginal Studies program has developed from a Minor designation to a degree program offering a Major and now a Specialist in Aboriginal Studies. A key feature of our program is its respect and promotion of Indigenous knowledges, as evidenced by the commitment to Aboriginal language instruction and courses devoted to the topic of Indigenous knowledge itself.
The Aboriginal Studies Program is affiliated with the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives (CAI), which houses two key projects: Supporting Graduate Student Enhancement (SAGE UT), an initiative geared toward supporting Indigenous student success while facilitating increased presence of Aboriginal knowledge and worldviews within the University; and The Indigenous Language Initiative, which promotes and facilitates language learning in Anishinaabemowin, Haudenosaunee Language (Oneida), and Inuktitut.