First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education

Aboriginal Studies 10, 20, 30

Aboriginal Studies 10–20–30 reflects a perspective that encompasses and integrates the past, present and future of Aboriginal peoples. This program will provide all students with the opportunity to develop, explore and apply their own personal reflections on Aboriginal perspectives. Students will examine how Aboriginal peoples are striving toward maintaining and promoting cultures and identities that reflect values based on respect for the laws of nature and a continual pursuit of balance among individuals, the family unit, the larger community and global community.

The resiliency of Aboriginal peoples’ cultural heritages and languages has promoted a survival of their nations. In spite of many challenges, the majority of Aboriginal peoples in Canada have maintained traditional beliefs and value structures within their cultural framework.

For all students, the program can serve to increase an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the rich and long-lasting history, culture and contributions of Aboriginal peoples as part of our society. It can also serve to enlighten and contribute to discussion and analysis of Aboriginal issues.

Aboriginal Studies is based on Aboriginal worldviews and experiences, and incorporates the following concepts:
• there is a need to respect, honour and celebrate Aboriginal cultures in Alberta, Canada and the world
• Aboriginal values and beliefs are resilient and relevant to global issues
• Aboriginal nations have strong, diverse and evolving cultures that have adapted to a changing world
• language/communication in all its forms is one of the essential means by which culture is learned.

The course is based on perspectives and worldviews of Aboriginal peoples. It includes the study of traditions and history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and particularly in Alberta. Student learning outcomes provide opportunities to examine such topics as governmental structures, literature, the arts and the sciences.

The course focuses on indigenous people from a Canadian and Alberta perspective. It includes the study of policies, legislation, conflict and cultural change.

Students will gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing Aboriginal peoples
worldwide. Aboriginal Studies 30 enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal land claims, Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society and Aboriginal world issues.