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Aboriginal Studies

5 credits

Course Description

For the purposes of this course description, Aboriginal peoples may also be referred to as “Indigenous.”

Aboriginal Studies 30 is a provincial course for all Alberta students. Students will better understand past and current contributions of indigenous people to the societies they are part of.   This course also enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of indigenous rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada and other parts of the world.  The third focus is an understanding of issues on past, current, and future relations of indigenous peoples and the societies they are part of both in Canada and other selected indigenous groups in the rest of the world. 

Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of cultural experiences.  Elders and guest speakers will share Indigenous knowledge and students could have opportunities, when opportunities present themselves, to attend cultural events or exhibitions outside the regular school schedule off of the school campus.

Aboriginal Studies 30 is classified as a Group A Humanities/Social Sciences, Aboriginal Studies 30 is a core subject, according to Alberta Education, and is now widely accepted as a course requirement for admission to many post-secondary institutions across Canada. Typically, Aboriginal Studies 30 is used as a replacement for a Social Studies 30-1 mark; however, some institutions accept both Aboriginal Studies 30 and Social 30-1 for admissions. Please refer to the institution’s website for further information.