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Why Indigenous Studies?

Learn why some of our alumni chose Indigenous Studies at the University of Ottawa.
Student testimonials
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“This program allowed me to understand various social, economic, and political mechanisms that impacted and continue to impact the lives of Indigenous peoples, not only in Canada, but around the world.”

Lena Dedyukina

— Honours BSocSc, Class of 2020

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“I really appreciated the Institute's community feel. You take many of your courses with the same students, so the sense of community comes easier than in other studies at the University.”

Tagwanibisan Armitage-Smith

— BA, Class of 2021

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The Institute is currently developing a co-op option for undergraduate students in the Indigenous Studies program. Please stay tuned for more details.

For more information on CO-OP at the University of Ottawa, visit: CO-OP

Did you know that Item 2.7 in uOttawa’s Indigenous Action Plan framework is to create new internship placements and co-op opportunities? Ottawa is home to a number of ideal employers for co-op and internship opportunities in Indigenous Studies, including major governance organizations and community support services. Learn more at: Hoop 2: Faculties, departments, programs.

Graduate studies

The Institute is currently developing master’s and doctoral programs in Indigenous Studies. Please stay tuned for more information.

Indigenous Affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. 

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. 

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future. 

Learn more about the Indigenous Affirmation.