FREE course in Indigenous Studies – University of Alberta

Listening and Learning

Resources for Truth and Reconciliation

Indigenous Canada

A free online course from the University of Alberta

Choose the free version or register to attain a Certificate from University of Alberta

About the Course

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

The University of Alberta has partnered with Coursera to develop highly-engaging and rigorous versions of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to the general public as well as for-credit for UAlberta students and potentially for other students in other institutions.

Your Professor

Dr. Paul L. Gareau is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. His research is grounded in critical theory and methodology relating to the social and cultural impact of religion on identity formation.

How does it work

Once you enroll, you'll have access to all videos, readings, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments. If you don't finish all graded assignments before the end of the course, you can reset your deadlines. Your progress will be saved and you'll be able to pick up where you left off.

Getting a Certificate

To earn your Course Certificate, you'll need to earn a passing grade on each of the required assignments-these can be quizzes, peer-graded assignments, or programming assignments. Videos, readings, and practice exercises are there to help you prepare for the graded assignments.


An evening with the Bishop: Residential School Revelations

Where we began our journey - August 2021

In August 2021, many people of the parish gathered online via Zoom with our are Bishop, +Riscylla to express feelings and to listen and learn . The evening was a ,moving experience in face of the recent widely publicized discoveries of unmarked graves and the Residential School in Kamloops, British Columba


More free online courses from U of T

Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.

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