Certificate in Indigenous Studies

This certificate is open to currently registered Dalhousie students in all Faculties; it will not be open for direct application.

The Certificate in Indigenous Studies is a 9 credit hour certificate with two core 3 credit hour courses and a choice of one of three 3 credit hour courses.


  • CANA 2050/HIST 2205: Historical Issues in Indigenous Studies
  • CANA 2052/SOSA 2052: Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Studies
  • Plus one of the following three courses:
    • CANA 3050: Indigenous Research Methodology & Knowledge Practices
    • CANA 3052/SOSA 3052: Indigenous Social, Health, and Environmental Issues
    • IPHE 2201: Introduction to Aboriginal Peoples’ Health and Healing

Students will be able to count credit earned in these courses toward their undergraduate major, minor, or distribution requirements, unless otherwise specified in their program’s regulations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will become familiar with Indigenous perspectives on historical and contemporary political, social, and economic issues.
  • Students will learn about the history of the Indian Residential School system and the implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
  • Students will become familiar with (and be given the opportunity to deepen through an elective option) Indigenous models of research.
  • Students will attain basic competencies around the protocols of working with Indigenous groups or in Indigenous communities.