Courses

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Course Number, Title, and Description Hours per week
 

Aboriginal Canadian Context

 
  One of the following:  
LV 100 History of Indigenous-Canadian Relations (OL843) 3
  This course provides an overview of the historic stages of the relationship between Indigenous peoples in Canada from contact to present day. It will explore the different world views at contact, the years of cooperation and negotiation through the fur trade and treaty making era and the impact of government colonial policy on Indigenous nations. The course will also explore the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal rights which provide an important context for understanding contemporary issues between Indigenous and Canadian societies including land claims, treaties and self-government.  
HU 024 Historical Impacts of Colonialism on Indigenous Communities 3
  This course will provide an introduction to the history of colonial relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadians.  It will focus on the social, economic, political and psychological impact of colonialism on the development of Indigenous communities and culture.  The causes of intergenerational trauma and the impact of residential schools will be examined as a context for understanding contemporary issues in Indigenous society.  
Students will also be introduced to the concepts of resistance and resilience and will examine how these concepts have contributed to the survival of Indigenous peoples through this era.  Finally, the course will focus on present initiatives in decolonization, reconciliation, cultural revival and the reestablishment of personal and collective identity within Indigenous communities which inform the present relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadians.
 
 

Indigenous Knowledge and World View

 
  One of the following:  
LV 109 Indigenous Identity and Relationship to the Land (OL848) 3
  This experiential course will require students to experience and explore Indigenous cosmology(s), knowledge(s) and world view(s) as it relates to the land. The influence of land on Indigenous worldview(s) will provide a way of understanding contemporary perspectives on identity and self determination. In addition, students will be encouraged to examine and locate their own identity and world view in relation to these concepts.  
NC 124 Culture, Language and the Land 3
  This experiential course will explore the link between Indigenous culture, language and the land. Students will take their learning outside of the classroom in order to develop and reconnect with the land, to learn about the land and to learn about how land and language inform culture.
The oral traditions of Indigenous peoples will be discussed.  Creation stories, family stories and stories of the land will be used as a basis for identifying world view, values and cultural beliefs and in learning key vocabulary and phrases that will enhance the student's ability to recognize and transmit cultural teachings in a meaningful way. Students will learn the respectful protocols surrounding Indigenous teachings and culture.
Students will also experience basic use of Ojibwe language in introductions songs and traditional cultural practices.
Students will be encouraged to examine and locate their own identity and world view in relation to the concepts explored and to consider how these concepts can assist families and children to build strong and resilient identities and relationships.
 
     
  Three of the following:  

OL 868

The Ontario Metis 3
  This course introduces the historical, sociological, and political perspectives on the origins of the Ontario Metis people. The course analyzes, in broad terms, the emergence of the Metis peoples and their relationship with the provincial government. We will also explore trends and issues affecting the Ontario Metis in contemporary society.  
OL 244 Diversity and First Nations 3
  In this course students will critically identify and examine issues in diversity. Specifically, students will focus on topics pertaining to inequality in various social settings, including but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. Incorporating social/legal explanations of diversity, students will develop a clear understanding of the impacted groups and possible strategies of community empowerment. This course will increase knowledge and awareness of important issues in the Aboriginal cultures of Canada. The legal status of Aboriginal people will be explored along with the Aboriginal rights and self determination. Other critical issues relating to land claims, justice and social services will be studied.  
     
     
OL 355 Let's Start Ojibwe 4
  This course is designed to introduce students to Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language). It will provide the learner with a basic framework of Anishinaabemowin orthography. The focus of the course will be on the reading and writing of the language. The learning is reinforced through the use of on-line tutorials as well as practice in order to enhance the learners understanding of the structure and pronunciation of the language.  
GE 059 People and the Forest 3
  This course is designed to broaden the participant's perspective on contemporary Natural Resource issues, with an emphasis on the history and culture of Canadian indigenous peoples. Forests are an essential part of the life and economy of the people of Canada. Eighty percent of aboriginal communities in Canada are located in forested lands. An understanding of the past, present and future roles of indigenous peoples in the management of Canada's forests, and an understanding of the different paths that use of the forest by people is and can take, is essential for anyone dependent upon the forest environment in any way. The issues of land claims, traditional land use and the incorporation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge into forest management are explored.  
GE 067 Foods of the America: Indigenous Culture and History 3
  This course provides students a foundation for understanding the traditional foods of the Americas including the techniques, customs and culture surrounding the gathering, preparation, and serving of food.  
HU 208 Indigenous Voice & Vision 3
  This course will explore the historic and media representations of Indigenous people in Canada and contrast this with representation by Indigenous peoples themselves. It will explore the world views and history that contribute to what stories get told in mainstream culture and how this shapes our views of the world and of those who are not represented. By drawing on Indigenous representations such as art, oral history, literature, movies, music and other forms of representation. It will expose the students to the emerging voices and the untold stories of the Indigenous experience in Canada.  
HR 414 Human Rights in Employment 3
  This course provides students with an in-depth study of legal principles and practices related to discrimination in employment. Students will examine prohibited grounds of discrimination regarding employment and the employer's obligation to accommodate in the absence of undue hardship. Also, they will consider strategies to deal with discrimination and harassment in the workplace and discuss the employer's responsibilities to ensure a harassment-free workplace.  
LV 110 Government, Law & Indigenous Peoples 3
  Indigenous nations have a distinct relationship with the Canadian government which is reflected in the Canadian Constitution. This legal framework has profound legal implications, along with Indigenous specific legislation that impacts Indigenous communities. This course will provide a basic understanding of the legal and political systems in Canada. It will examine how governments and courts operate, and will identify the policy and legal implications of key legislation such as the Indian Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and relevant provincial laws impact on Indigenous Nations.  
LV 202 Indigenous Law and Self-Government 3
  This course is a survey of the present advancement of self-government in Indigenous communities in Canada.  A review of the emerging case law relating to the recognition of Indigenous and Treaty Rights will be a focus of this course. Emphasis will be on current land claim and treaty processes, will provide the context for an examination of self-government practices across the country.   A critical analysis of case studies will provide the opportunity for discussions on best practices in governance, land and social policy.  
LV 212 Governance and Leadership 3
  This course will examine decision making and governance practices on and off reserve. It will explore Indigenous principles of leadership and decision making, and review issues and practices for the development of fair and accountable and inclusive community policies and codes of practice. Students will learn the basic skills of effective consensus based decision-making and will explore the ethical and legal obligations of people who hold decision-making roles in the community.  
LV 213 Community Development Processes 3
  This course explores community development issues and the related impact of development on Aboriginal communities throughout Canada. The expertise of Aboriginal peoples and their communities in addressing issues of development will be highlighted throughout. The course will engage students in practical skill building concerning community consultation, community based research and strategic planning, proposal writing and analysis of best practices. With this knowledge and skills, student will be well positioned to lead communities in reaching their development goals.  
LV 310 Indigenous Women:  Issues and Advocacy 3
  This course will survey the history of Indigenous women in Canada, including an examination of issues which impact the lives of Indigenous peoples. Traditional and contemporary roles of women will be discussed, with specific reference to the contributions of Indigenous women to social movements and changes to Canadian law(s), including the Canada Act 1982. The perspectives of Indigenous women will be provided to highlight contemporary issues facing women and communities.  
LV 315 Indigenous People:  Land and Environment 4
  This course examines Indigenous peoples relationship to land as it relates to environmental issues and resource use, with particular emphasis to Northwestern Ontario.  An understanding of past, present and future roles of Indigenous people in land management presents an opportunity to explore options and alternatives for sustainable development in the North consistent with Indigenous principles of stewardship and land use.  In addition, the course will examine how communities are using Indigenous knowledge(s) to develop sustainable options for land use in keeping with community values.  Case studies, best practices, issues and legislation will be examined to provide students with the ability to inform decision making regarding community, land, resource use options and alternatives.  
LV 340 Mediation and Negotiation in Indigenous Communities 4
  This is an introductory course providing students to explore options in interest based conflict resolution, including mediation and negotiation. It will focus on developing a practical skill base for students in alternative dispute resolution related to Aboriginal communities. Delivered through experiential learning, students will practice important interpersonal and communication skills which can be applied to a variety of settings. The various applications of mediation and negotiation in Aboriginal communities will be highlighted throughout this course.  
LV 409 International Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples 3
  This introductory course provides an overview of human rights, international human rights laws and a review of the efforts of Indigenous people to establish their right to self determination in the international setting. The domestic and international application of human rights law will be discussed. In addition, the course will highlight the range of international issues which affect Indigenous communities worldwide. The role of Indigenous and other allied NGOs in seeking remedies for Indigenous human rights issues will be discussed as the students consider positive ways to effectively advocate for social change.  
LV 410 Contemporary Issues & Social Justice 3
  This is an issues based course which will provide the opportunity to discuss and critically examine current and relevant issues which emerge in relation to Indigenous Nations, communities and peoples. Learners will be presented with opportunities to develop their capacity to analyze and critique issues from an anti-colonial perspective. Topics may be chosen from a variety of areas that manifest politically, culturally and socially and can include: governance, identity, urbanization, recognition, resurgence and allyship. A critique of legal and social practices associated with these issues will also be offered.  
NC 203 Establishing Partnership with First Nations 3
  This course will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to assist in developing, implementing and collaborating with First Nation communities in appropriate protocols for the delivery of services to children, youth and families. Principles and techniques of community facilitation, presentation skills and alternative dispute resolution skill will be introduced as tools for bringing about social change.  
NC 306 Contemporary Aboriginal Society 3
  This course will provide the student with the opportunity to examine the contemporary situation of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and more specifically Northwestern Ontario. The student will examine social and cultural conditions (family violence, addictions, poverty, suicide, bereavement, mental health)  
PF 117 Human Diversity/Aboriginal People 3
  In this course, students will critically identify and examine issues in diversity. Specifically, students will focus on topics pertaining to inequality in various social settings, including, but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. Incorporating social/legal explanations of diversity, students will develop a clear understanding of the impacted groups and possible strategies of community empowerment. Knowledge and awareness of important issues in the Aboriginal culture of Canada are important in Canadian Society. The legal status of Aboriginal people will be explored along with Aboriginal rights and self-determination. Other critical issues relating to land claims, justice, and social services will be studied.  
SY 066 Sociology of Community: The Aboriginal Context 3
  This course provides students with an introduction to contemporary issues within Aboriginal families and communities in Northwestern Ontario (NWO) and Canada. Students will examine traditional and contemporary representations of Indigenous cultures. They will investigate the unique socio-political relationships between Canada and Aboriginal peoples with an emphasis on the colonial, legal and political histories. In examining the contributions, challenges and aspirations of Aboriginal families and communities, students will be encouraged to reflect on their own cultural expression and experience in NWO. This course is one of the offerings for those working towards their Aboriginal Canadian Relations Certificate. No text required.  
SY 180 Exploring Human Diversity 3
  Diversity means difference. Differences can be uncomfortable, but they can also be exciting, empowering and affirming. We are all different in some way. Accepting these differences and promoting inclusion can and do bring Canadians together. This course focuses on the dominant theoretical paradigms of sociology. Students will explore a variety of issues in each subject area with the intent of studying, working and living more effectively in Canadian society.