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  • Fall 2019

    Norma J. Dunning

    This study examines the intricacies of southern resident Inuit post-secondary student life in relation to education and the funding stream made available to them. The Inuit students are all beneficiaries of land claims areas but are not residing inside the land claims area that recognizes...

  • 2024-01-01

    Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization (SILR)

    The purpose of this resource is to highlight the significance of Indigenous language learning and provide information and resources to support language advocates, educators, speakers, aspiring learners, and leaders in their revitalization efforts. This resource acknowledges that pathways to

  • 2018-09-01

    Derek Jagodzinsky

    Modern Indigenous is the title of my thesis and is a brand development project that aims to incorporate Indigenous culture, values, symbols and traditional materials with twenty-first century design thinking and product development. Through this process a number of modernized product designs will

    be developed as a way of addressing the effects of colonization which has forgotten the Indigenous culture and it’s knowledge base for over a century. The general public’s perception related to Indigenous knowledge and ways of life are predominately negative. This thesis project is an attempt to

    change existing perceptions about Indigenous culture and allow First Nations people to be positively impacted and redefined through design in a modern way. An additional aim is to enhance cultural awareness for both Indigenous and the general public to strengthen a new Indigenous identity while creating

  • 2009

    Hokowhitu, Brendan

    This article begins a discussion on indigenous existentialism. The theme developed as a result of engagement at the intersection between Indigenous Studies and Cultural Studies, and the realisation that cultural concepts often canonised within Indigenous Studies departments, such as tradition and

    authenticity (when exclusive), detract from the conception of indigenous culture as part of the immediate material reality of indigenous lives. In turn, when indigenous culture is too often defined only in relation to an imagined authentic past, indigenous existentialism is inhibited because indigenous people

    lack a conscious awareness of cultural immediacy. There is nothing more immediate than the body and, thus, I began to theorise indigenous existentialism through an analyses of the indigenous body, its genealogy, and its immediacy. To help me process this theorisation I engage with current Cultural

  • Innovations in Indigenous Primary Healthcare Models


    Montesanti, S., Barnabe, C., Fitzpatrick, K., MacDonald K., Goves, D., Robson, H., Marchand, T., Henderson, R., & Crowshoe, L.

    Primary health care (PHC) is essential for promoting health and wellness and reducing health inequities. PHC plays an important role in life expectancy, chronic disease management, community health, maternal and child health, and many other aspects of health and wellness. Indigenous populations

    have poorer health outcomes compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. Innovations in Indigenous PHC services arose from mainstream health services being unable to adequately meet the needs of Indigenous communities and Indigenous peoples (Harfield, et al., 2018). However, there is limited

    knowledge of the characteristics that contribute to the success of Indigenous-driven models for PHC. The term ‘models of care’ broadly defines the way health services are delivered. An Indigenous model of care outlines best practice care and services for Indigenous communities and utilizes the strengths and

  • Fall 2021

    Mandamin, Leonard S

    Indigenous restorative justice has emerged in response to the failure of the criminal justice system to engender peace and security in Indigenous communities in Canada. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples’ principal finding for this failure of the Canadian criminal justice system was the

    fundamentally differing world views of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people on the substantive content of justice and the process of achieving justice. Unpacking the RCAP conclusion begins with a brief review of the colonial imposition of criminal justice on Indigenous people followed by examination of

    differences between retributive justice, restorative justice, and Indigenous justice. After consideration of Indigenous justice reports, case law and academic literature, a view of Indigenous restorative justice is advanced by drawing from three Alberta Indigenous justice initiatives. Four basic elements

  • 2018-01-06

    Williams, Kenneth

    SSHRC PEG awarded 2018:The project will create a partnership between the University of Alberta's Drama Department and Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, to create a methodology of dramaturgy for new plays by the Indigenous playwrights, through an innovative week-long development process. Workshop

    West Playwrights Theatre (WWPT) is a well-known and respected centre for new play development in Alberta. They have recently began reaching out to the Indigenous community near Edmonton to develop new playwrights but don't have any Indigenous leadership or resources to reach larger Indigenous community

    across Canada. The goal of the partnership is create an alliance between the Department of Drama and WWPT that will develop a workshop model specifically for Indigenous playwrights with dramaturges from the Indigenous community, through work on four new Indigenous plays. The project will invite an

  • Fall 2021

    Meloche, Katherine

    This dissertation examines contemporary Indigenous cultural production as it mediates conversations within Indigenous and settler legal discourses concerning continuance and change in the late 20th and early 21st centuries in Canada. It argues that attention to Indigenous cultural production is an

    effective mode through which to understand Indigenous legal orders—a nation’s collective legal philosophy, protocols, and principles (Napoleon “Thinking About Indigenous Legal Orders” 2)—and that they are diverse and deliberative in nature. Contemporary fiction, film, and visual art continue the tradition

    Indigenous legal traditions remain fixed in the past and to illuminate how Indigenous legal orders remain vital frameworks in the present. It studies these texts through several theoretical lenses including a nation-specific legal framework and Indigenous feminist legal theory and draws largely from the

  • Fall 2023

    Reed, Kelsey Erin

    This study examined the experiences of identity development in urban Indigenous survivors of the Child Welfare System, the ways in which their Indigenous identity developed, and how they did/did not feel supported. In this study I interviewed three Indigenous women who were involved with the Child

    Welfare System throughout their childhood and/or adolescence in Edmonton, Alberta. Using an Indigenous Research Methodology, I approached this study from an Indigenous paradigm. Grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and being, this study included cultural protocol and ceremony to honour the voices of

    Semi-Independent Living programs are negatively impacting Indigenous identity development of children in care. Furthermore, the non-Indigenous placements lacked cultural mirrors, the participants experienced constant displacement, and were given direct and indirect negative messaging about Indigenous

  • Spring 2023

    Laboucan, Amei-lee

    Indigenous women’s deaths are routinely underreported by mainstream media. “Discourse Analysis of Indigenous Women’s Sexuality in News Media” finds that The Globe and Mail, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Free Press, and Toronto Star rely on stereotypes steeped in settler colonialism to

    report on the deaths of Helen Betty Osborne, Pamela George, Cindy Gladue, and Tina Fontaine. “Discourse Analysis of Indigenous Women’s Sexuality in News Media” also finds that mainstream media does not contextualise violence against Indigenous women within colonialism in Canada, ignores the voices of the

    victims’ families, and engages settler moves to innocence when reporting on the perpetrators who have been accused or convicted of murdering Helen Betty Osborne, Pamela George, Cindy Gladue, and Tina Fontaine. Finally, “Discourse Analysis of Indigenous Women’s Sexuality in News Media” proposes that

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