McGill is working to increase the presence of Indigenous
perspectives and methodologies in the classroom.
Visit the Research Resources page here for recommended academic resources and Indigenous research methodologies.
Watch the videos below, about the OFNIE Students on Ice Expedition and the Indigenous Field Studies Course.
Enroll in the classes below if you're a student at McGill.
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- School of Continuing Studies
Faculty of Arts
- HIST 202 Survey: Canada to 1867
- HIST 203 Canada Since 1867
- HIST 223 Indigenous Peoples and Empires
- HIST 303 History of Quebec
- HIST 309 History of Latin America to 1825
- HIST 324 Indigenous Identities and Nationhood
- HIST 333 Indigenous Peoples and French
- HIST 363 Canada 1870-1914
- HIST 408 Colonialism and Native Peoples
- HIST 634 Topics in Indigenous History
The Indigenous Studies Program at McGill University was established in 2014 in response to years of research, reflection, and activism on the part of students at McGill and the Indigenous communities on campus. Currently a minor program within the Faculty of Arts, the Indigenous Studies Program is administered by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC). Indigenous studies more than courses with Indigenous content — it’s about engagement with Indigenous knowledge, with its distinct methodology, norms, and expectations within the academy.
In its relatively short existence, the minor program has been an essential site of Indigenous community engagement and outreach. By organizing and sponsoring public events, community outreach projects and bringing visitors to McGill through the annual Indigenous Knowledge Holder Series, the Program serves as a linchpin for Indigenous initiatives and community building on campus.
Students in the School of Social Work, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, and Department of Anthropology can take the IDFC 500 Indigenous Field Studies Course. During this four-week course - including a week spent in the Kahnawake community - students are introduced to Indigenous customs, values and lifestyles through workshop activities with Elders and with the support of McGill University professors. Using a holistic approach and interdisciplinary group work, students are introduced to the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of Indigenous cultures. Learning in the Kahnawake community is complemented by on-campus activities.
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Education
The Office of First Nations and Inuit Education (OFNIE) works in partnership with First Nations and Inuit education authorities throughout Quebec – such as Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (KI), the Cree School Board, the Kahnawake and Kanehsatake Education Centres, and the Central Quebec School Board on behalf of the Naskapis of Kawawachikamach – to deliver community-based teacher education programs and professional development.
- EDEA 242 Cultural Skills 1
- EDEA 243 Cultural Skills 2
- EDEA 244 Cultural Skills- Fall
- EDEA 245 Cultural Skills- Winter
- EDEA 246 Cultural Skills- Spring
- EDEA 247 Cultural Skills- Summer
- EDEC 200 Introduction to Inuit Studies
- EDEC 216 Indigenous Language Requirement
- EDEC 227 Naskapi Language 1
- EDEC 228 Naskapi Language 2
- EDEC 233 Indigenous Education
- EDEC 237 Mi'gmaw Heritage Language 1
- EDEC 238 Mi'gmaw Heritage Language 2
- EDEC 239 Mi'gmaw Language 1
- EDEC 240 Mi'gmaw Language 2
- EDEC 241 Cree Language 1
- EDEC 242 Cree Language 2
- EDEC 244 Issues in Aboriginal Education
- EDEC 263 Information Communication Technology in Indigenous Literacy
- EDEC 270 Algonquin Heritage Language 1
- EDEC 271 Algonquin Heritage Language 2
- EDEC 272 Algonquin Language 1
- EDEC 273 Algonquin Language 2
- EDEC 275 Mohawk Heritage Language 1
- EDEC 276 Mohawk Heritage Language 2
- EDEC 277 Mohawk Language 1
- EDEC 278 Mohawk Language 2
- EDEC 288 Inuktitut for Beginners
- EDEC 289 Inuktitut Orthography and Grammar
- EDEC 342 Intermediate Indigenous Language
- EDEC 344 Advanced Indigenous Language
- EDEC 403 The Dialects of Inuktitut
- EDEC 590 Culturally Appropriate Teaching
- EDEC 591 Cultural Values and Socialization
- EDEE 243 Reading Methods in Inuktitut/Cree
- EDEE 248 Reading & Writing Inuktitut/Cree
- EDEE 340 Special Topics: Cultural Issues
- EDEE 370 Traditional Indigenous Life Skills
- EDEE 371 Integrating Indigenous Storytelling and Creative Writing
- EDEE 373 Traditional Healing
- EDEE 383 Oral and Family History
- EDEE 444 First Nations and Inuit Curriculum
- EDEM 502 Indigenous Family Dynamics and Supporting Institutions
- EDEM 503 Research Seminar in Indigenous Studies
- EDKP 241 Indigenous Physical Activities
- EDPC 208 Native Families' Dynamics
- EDSL 247 Second Language Education in Indigenous Communities
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
The Indigenous Health Professions Program in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is leading a number of initiatives to teach Indigenous curriculum to students in the health professions. Multiple departments, including Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing, are engaged in these initiatives. Learn more here.
- FMED 506 Indigenous Perspectives: Decolonizing Health Approaches
- This graduate foundation course explores Indigenous-grounded health promotion in primary health care, with the goal to foster more meaningful patient and community engagement in research and practice. This course will explore the nature of Indigenous Peoples' ways of understanding the world and cultural ways of knowing and doing, with focus on health and wellness. It will review the Canadian history of colonization and assimilation, and the outcomes and impacts through the lens of Indigenous Peoples. The course will review the powershift as Indigenous Peoples, scholars and communities participate, share and control the health and wellness clinical and research agenda. The course will be taught by Alex McComber in the Fall 2021 semester.
- FMED 527 Inuit Health in the Canadian Context
- The course will explore the histories, perspectives and contemporary realities of Inuit health in the four regions of Inuit Nunangat (the Inuit homeland) with a particular focus on the Nunavik region of northern Quebec. The Inuit of Nunavik are the second-largest Inuit community in Canada, with a population of 11,000 living in 14 communities. Nunavik is part of the McGill Réseau universitaire intégré de santé et services sociaux. That gives McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences a unique rationale, and opportunity, to offer, under the sponsorship of Family Medicine, a course on Inuit health in the Canadian context. The course will be taught by Richard Budgell in the Winter 2021 semester.
School of Continuing Studies
The School of Continuing Studies offers a variety of certificate programs aimed at Indigenous students, and students who want to work in Indigenous communities. Their programs include in-community options, and cover topics such as education and business management. These programs were created in partnership with our Indigenous partners and through grants aimed at advancing Indigenous education.
Learn more on the Programs page.
Read more about the Certificate in Indigenous Business Management, and the Public Administration and Governance programs:
- Note: Only offered in partnership with Health Organizations as a tailored program)
- Learn more here.
- Note: Only offered in partnership with Health Organizations as a tailored program
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Indigenous Curricula Highlights
- Faculty of Law
- Indigenous Health Professions Program
- Office of First Nations and Inuit Education
- School of Continuing Studies
- School of Social Work
Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law now has a mandatory first-year class in Indigenous Legal Traditions. Learn more about the law faculty's initiatives here.
Indigenous Health Professions Program
In response to the relevant 2015 Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Indigenous Health Professions Program (IHPP) aims to enhance Indigenous health education that supports all learners and educators to provide culturally-safe care in their practice and relations with Indigenous peoples, with a focus on the needs identified by Indigenous Peoples.
The current role of IHPP in curriculum development is to provide consultation and mentoring to each of the schools as their Indigenous health curricula evolve, create opportunities for faculty development in line with the principles of community engagement, and advocate for equitable processes for both Indigenous students and educators.
Office of First Nations and Inuit Education
The Office of First Nations and Inuit Education (OFNIE) has taken significant measures towards Indigenizing course content and delivery. Programs in Listuguj, Eeyou Istchee, and Nunavik are all taught or co-taught by local knowledge holders who share and bring into the classroom local teaching and learning practices and relevant cultural knowledge that serve as the basis of instruction.
In developing the B.Ed FNI – Listuguj, OFNIE worked alongside the local educational directorate in modifying course requirements as well as tailoring and selecting courses before the Bachelor's program commenced in the community. Listuguj students have completed courses in Indigenous physical education and Mi'gmaq cultural skills. For the Nunavik programs, ahead of course delivery, McGill instructors travel to the north and complete 3 days of intensive co-planning alongside their Inuk co-instructor.
In all of OFNIE's programs, instruction and curriculum is indigenized through close consultation with local partners and typically includes guests talks by elders, opening and closing prayers and intentions, check-ins, and multiple forms of expressing and relaying knowledge.
School of Continuing Studies
The School of Continuing Studies offers cultural awareness training workshops to teaching staff. For example, all course lecturers who are responsible for courses with Inuit communities and partners attend a 2-day cultural training workshop to understand Inuit culture and Northern life in Nunavik through our partner, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services. This training is offered at Ullivik (Northern Quebec Module) and helps build curricula and materials which are tailored to Inuit students. Continuing Studies instructors are also practitioners who work in the fields in which they teach. This allows them to share their industry expertise and real-life experiences in the classroom. Course lecturers in the School of Continuing Studies encourage cultural practices throughout course delivery, and many have experience delivering courses in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities throughout Quebec.
School of Social Work
In the School of Social Work, as part of the curriculum development portfolio of Indigenous Access McGill which received initial funding grant from Health Canada, Social Work faculty created Indigenous Field Studies. This course was created to provide an opportunity for students to learn about Indigenous cultures and worldviews, with a particular emphasis on Iroquoian teachings and their connection to the students' areas of practice.
During this 4-week intensive course (including one week in Kahnawá:ke, Mohawk Territory), students are introduced to Indigenous customs, values and ways of life through daily activities / workshops led by a Kahnawá:ke Elder and community facilitators representing students’ areas of practice. During the last 8 years we have run the course, it has evolved into a space of reconciliation, where Indigenous and non Indigenous students are engaged in a holistic approach to learning about Indigenous cultures. The course contains experiential physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual components, with the intent that students will be immersed in cultural activities throughout the course.
The School of Social Work has also included as mandatory in its Bachelor of Social Work a First People’s Issues course. The School recognizes that such a course is part of critical and essential preparation for effective future professional practice. McGill is the first Bachelor of Social Work program in Quebec to have a required course focused on First Peoples. Instruction for this course, moreover, is restricted to Indigenous faculty (SSW standing faculty and sessional lecturers) underscoring the growing Indigenous expertise the School of Social Work possess.