The Anishinaabe Studies program explores the enduring history of Anishinaabe, the original peoples of this part of the world. Through a culture-based curriculum, students will learn Anishinaabe history, philosophy and worldview, experiencing and exploring the importance of self knowledge and the ways in which knowledge creates pathways for interpersonal and intercultural respect. Graduates will understand the relatively recent influence of colonization, consequential social issues, and significant contemporary movements in Anishinaabe society. They will further develop broad cross-cultural understanding and experience both traditional and contemporary Anishinaabe research methodologies, as they relate to other research paradigms.
This program provides real opportunities for every student to achieve his/her full potential by developing academic study skills, habits, understanding, attitude and positive character traits essential for making sound choices for self, career and life. A holistic approach to teaching and learning provides an emphasis on cultural values; respect for tradition in contemporary society; a responsible approach towards life; respect and concern for the beliefs and rights of others; and a willingness to act in the best interests of family and community.
This culture-based education is situated on strong ties with the traditional Anishinaabe community. Traditional community involvement is a priority. In addition, students will also be introduced to some of the philosophy and foundations of Anishinaabemowin, and in particular, the recall and retention of the traditional older lodge language, Gatay Anishinaabemowin, of the ceremonial way of life. Graduates will be able to use introductory-level Anishinaabemowin and they will understand the interrelationship of language and epistemology.
The Anishinaabe Studies program will open a field of opportunity for all graduates. They will be equipped to proceed on to an Honours Equivalent year and Master’s level programs in a range of disciplines. They will be prepared to work in a variety of sectors that involve interaction with Anishinaabe people and in cross-cultural environments, including social services, governance positions, and education (teaching and advising). Many kinds of community involvement will be attractive to graduates, including traditional roles in ceremonies such as helper/Oshkawbaywis and other positions such as daycare/early childhood educator, language and culture coordinator, and healing and wellness advocate.