Indigenous Studies Program

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Exploring Indigenous knowledges

Our interdisciplinary programs focus on Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing and learning—in the classroom, in community and on the land.

Our programs
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An inclusive approach

Study the social, political, cultural and historic contexts that shaped—and continue to shape—the lives of Indigenous peoples in relevant courses from programs across campus.

The First Peoples House on the UVic campus

A welcoming community

Our program creates space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to build community and form transformative alliances that support community resurgence and decolonization.


Honouring excellence, tradition and community

Indigenous studies is an exciting area of study that emphasizes Indigenous ways of knowing and learning. We explore the social, political, cultural and historical contexts that shape the lives and resistance of Indigenous peoples—here and around the world.

Our programs and courses encourage intercultural understanding on campus, in community and on the land. We welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Find your edge in UVic's Indigenous Studies Program