A first-of-its-kind Indigenous studies program launching this fall at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will focus on community and justice.
KPU aptly announced its new minor in Indigenous community justice program on National Aboriginal Day.
“My hope is that this minor will play a role in honouring, acknowledging, and respecting Indigenous peoples,” said criminology instructor Dr. Lisa Monchalin, who developed the program. “Canada is Indigenous land, it always has been, and it always will be.”
The program will be uniquely offered from Indigenous perspectives and include partnerships with local Indigenous communities as well as with peoples throughout Turtle Island, which is the name given to North America by some Indigenous communities.
Monchalin, who is of Algonquin, Métis, Huron, and Scottish descent, says the innovative program was created to provide students with a richer awareness and understanding of Indigenous communities, cultural knowledge, and justice issues.
Courses in the program will be taught by Indigenous instructors and instructors with practical community justice experience using Indigenous teaching techniques such as a focus on oral tradition, Elder teachings, learning through experiences, and sharing circle learning.
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