INDG courses

Indigenous Ways of Knowing (INDG 301) is being offered for the first time in fall term 2018. By taking INDG courses, students have an opportunity to immerse themselves in Indigenous history and culture Students expand their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, while developing professional skills such as innovative Indigenous approaches to learning and research to work with Indigenous communities.

All INDG courses count towards Indigenous Studies Plans and in many cases can be taken as electives.

Course Title Description
INDG 301/3.0 Indigenous Ways of Knowing

INDG 301 001: Exhausted Americas: Conquest, Freedom, and Re-Writing the Human in Black and Indigenous Poetries

Scholarship in Black and Indigenous studies has paid increasing attention to the relationship between these two fields in the context of Black and Indigenous struggles throughout the Americas for liberation, abolition, and decolonization. This course will examine this conversation through the ongoing histories of violent conquest from which these struggles spring and the visions of freedom to which they give birth, arguing that a consideration of such histories and visions is necessary to understanding our contemporary world. It will do so by engaging work by Black and Indigenous poets within the Americas, focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on contemporary work from what we now call Canada within a hemispheric context. Also examined will be a mixture of Black and Indigenous critical thought which takes the figure of the human as an object of knowledge, attending to the ways Black and Indigenous life disrupt Eurocentric narratives of the Americas as a space of civilizational triumph that disavows its constitutive violence. Exhaustion will provide a framework from which to consider how settler colonialism and the afterlife of slavery continue to produce exhausted life worlds for Black and Indigenous communities as well as the ways in which their creative persistence in turn exhausts the descriptive and critical capacity of dominant forms of knowledge, creating a rupture through which alternative practices of being human emerge and resurge. What this course asks, then, is how the poets under discussion re-write the human to imagine new worlds, and how we as readers can attend to the creative-critical work these re-writings do as a form of knowledge that generates freedom from within exhaustion.

Offered: Fall 2021


INDG 301 001:Land and Kinship: The Erotic, Two-Spirit Critique, Land, and Queer-Indigenous Poetry


INDG 302/3.0 Indigenous Theories and Methodologies: Learning through Indigenous Worldviews

An introduction to Indigenous theories and research methodologies.
PREREQUISITE    Level 3 or above and DEVS 220/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.



INDG 401/3.0  In Community Capstone: Research and Relationships A fourth year Honours capstone project course exploring an issue in Indigenous Studies through both library-and community-based research. Working with an Indigenous community partner and the instructor, students will integrate knowledge and skills to carry out a research project.
PREREQUISITE    Level 4 and registration in the INDG Major or Medial Plan and INDG 302/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.


2021-2022 Timetable

Course Code Course Name Term Times Room Instructor
INDG 301 Contemporary Indigenous Art F Mon. 11:30-1:00
Thu. 1:00-2:30
M-C E202 M. Hill
INDG 302 002 Indigenous Theories and Methodologies W Mon. 11:30-2:30 KINGS 313 C. Pedri-Spade