This Free Online University Course Will Teach You All About Indigenous Canada

With the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation this week, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you of a full course on Indigenous Canada. Plus, it’s available online and free, courtesy of the University of Alberta and Coursera. Here’s what you need to know.

The Indigenous Canada course offers a “historical and critical” perspective, emphasizing national and local relationships between Indigenous peoples and settlers. Thus, you will learn everything about the fur trade, land treaties, contemporary issues and Aboriginal culture.

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The “critical” side means that this course will go far beyond your 4th grade social studies course and Louis Riel. Over the course of 12 lessons, you will discover in depth how the systemic mistreatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada, along with the continued erasure of their ways of life, has created intergenerational effects and social issues that will take much more than a new holiday to be settled. It’s a good start, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a start nonetheless.

The course has been taken by nearly 400,000 people so far and has received rave reviews. Some of our most pop culture savvy readers might even recognize this course from last year when Dan Levy sang his praises. Well, he did it for a good reason, and if you want to find out for yourself, you can sign up by clicking this link. Happy learning, friends!

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