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Current Details

This Master of Education course based graduate program offers intensive land-based institutes where students take graduate level courses framed within an Indigenous paradigm and taught primarily by Indigenous faculty.

The Land-Based Indigenous Education cohort supports and accommodates students who are unable to commit to long periods of study away from home.

Students are required to live on-site for the duration of institutes (2 weeks each) so that contact hours with faculty, Indigenous communities and the land are maximized.

Study occurs through four institutes (8 courses) at the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba, summer 2016; Hawaii January 2017; Xwisten First Nation summer 2017; and TBD for summer 2018. Two online courses supplement graduate course work.

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Course Offerings and Schedule

Please see the list below for the University Orientation and ten 3 credit unit courses currently planned. The department may need to make changes as the cohort proceeds. Instruction will be provided by department faculty and from others with expertise in land-based indigenous education. The Department of Educational Foundations has five Indigenous faculty on site: Marie Battiste, Verna St. Denis, Alex Wilson, Karla Jessen Williamson, and Margaret Kovach and has relationships with faculty from other institutions and with Indigenous communities.

Orientation to Graduate Studies at the University of Saskatchewan

  • EFDT 990.0 This is a non-credit required seminar. Students are familiarized with graduate level work, department expectations, university and other resources.
  • GSR 960.0  Introduction to Ethics and Integrity (Mandatory on-line, non-credit class (2-3 hrs)
  • GSR 961.0  Ethics and Integrity in Human Research (Mandatory on-line, non-credit class (2-3 hrs)

Summer Institute 2016 July 17-28
Location: Opaskwayak Cree Nation

EFDT849.3 Indigenous Knowledge: Land based education (Instructor: Dr. Alex Wilson)

This course provides an introduction, overview and exploration of Indigenous knowledge in the context of land-based education. Using an experiential approach and incorporating outdoor locations as the primary classroom site, the course offers students an opportunity to understand the foundational significanc of land/place in the formation of Indigenous knowledge systems, theory and educational practice.

EFDT845.3 Cross –cultural Research Methodology (Instructor: TBD)

A methodology course dealing with the adaptation of various research approaches to the study of variables across cultures. Students are expected to become involved in the design and conduct of a cross-cultural research study.

Winter 2017 January 2-13
Location: Kanaka Moali Traditional Territory Hawaii

EFDT854 International Study Tour (Instructor: Dr. Alex Wilson)

Pre-departure readings and seminars introduce students to the culture of the designated country and to the history and structure of its education system. Lectures, seminars, observation, and journals are used to develop an analysis of the relationships between cultural traditions, economic and political structures, and education. 

EFDT844.3  Theory and Practice of Anti-Racist Education (Instructor Dr. Verna St. Denis)

Examines the historical, economic and political processes and practices of racialization, and the ways to which these processes and their effects become entrenched in our social and educational institutions. Theories and practices of integrative anti-racist education will be explored, including its applications in a variety of work places. 

Summer  Institute 2017 dates TBD
Location: Xwisten First Nation, BC

EFDT843.3 Decolonizing Aboriginal Education (Instructor: Dr. Verna St. Denis)

Intended to address colonization and imperialism among Aboriginal peoples, focusing specifically on the role education has played in achieving cognitive imperialism, critique of the tenets of cognitive imperialism in English language, and education policy, politics, and practice and evaluate internationals options for restoring Aboriginal communities

EFDT848.3 Resilience in Aboriginal Education (Instructor: Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson)

Informed by narrative literature on gender, race, sexuality, class and disability, this course examines qualities, criticisms and theories of resilience as they relate to Aboriginal education.  Diverse First Nations, Metis and Inuit paradigms of resilience are examined to question hegemonic practices in education in relation to tensions, anxieties and crucial turning points in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Fall 2017 Blackboard Course

EFDT870 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Foundations of Education (Instructor: TBD)

A consideration of important educational issues from the anthropological, comparative, historical, philosophical and sociological points of view and the possible implications for a comprehensive theory of education.

Winter 2018 Blackboard Course

EFDT 884 Life History as Education (Instructor: Dr. Dianne Miller)

Examines life history research and life history writing from feminist, critical race theory, critical pedagogy, and cultural studies perspectives in relation to educational inquiry. Through the study of memoir, autobiography, auto-ethnography, and contemporary fiction, the construction of identities in diverse social and political contexts is investigated.

Summer Institute 2018 - Dates TBA
Location: Opaskwayak Cree Nation

EFDT816 Community Development Practices:  Using classroom and field community experiences as a means for generating information, the learner examines various community development practices on the Prairies. In so doing learners may assess their own level of competence in putting into practice community development theory, principles, and methods.

EFDT898 Indigenous Land-based Cohort Capstone Course

This capstone course is the culmination of the Integrated Master’s Program Indigenous Land Based cohort.  The purpose of the capstone is to provide an opportunity for students to synthesize the knowledge and experiences gained from previous courses, land based experiences, interviews, personal reflections and foundational Indigenous education theory.

Student Costs

University set tuition costs apply. Off-campus institutes have additional program fees to cover site accommodation, meals, venue and activity costs.

These costs are:

  • Opaskwayak Cree Nation (July 17 -  28, 2016) $1,850.00 to $2,365.00
  • Hawaii International Study Tour (January 2 - 13, 2017) $2,854.00 to $3,468.00
  • Xwisten First Nation (Summer 2017) $1,832.00 to $2,006.00
  • Opaskwayak Cree Nation (Summer 2018) $1,865.00 to $2,365.00