New Indigenous program is a first for Canada

Law, Human and Social Development, Social Sciences

A University of Victoria program in Indigenous nationhood that is the first of its kind in Canada will train the next generation of leaders, scholars and researchers in how law, politics and governance intersect at a critical time for Indigenous relations in Canada.

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood will train students at an advanced level to examine the challenges and opportunities facing Indigenous nations in their efforts to revitalize their political and legal traditions and governance structures.

Through various case studies, forms of knowledge, theories and approaches within and across the three areas of study, students will interrogate the political, legal, economic and social realities of Indigenous nations and peoples. “There are calls for leadership and knowledge coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

This multidisciplinary program will train students to be ready to do that work,” says program director Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark.

The three fields of study at UVic—political science, law and Indigenous governance—are notable for their Indigenous-based community-centred work.

The graduate certificate program starts in September and will serve Indigenous and non- Indigenous students. Some of the topics include Indigenous diplomacy and sustainable relationships, Indigenous resurgence and revitalization, self-determination and nationhood, Indigenous research methods, and communityengaged and community-led research.

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Keywords: Indigenous, political science, law

People: Heidi Stark

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