Title: Department of Native Studies fonds.
Extent: 3.87 m of textual records and other material.
Administrative history: The first Native Studies course, "Native Peoples of Canada", was introduced at the University of Manitoba in 1973. This interdisciplinary course incorporated aspects of anthropology, sociology, history, and economics. With the establishment of the Department of Native Studies in 1975, emphasis shifted to a broader-based study of the development of Native societies. Questions were asked: What are the intellectual responses to Native People's hopes, struggles, and vision for the future? What is the history of Native people from a Native perspective? Today, the Department offers a program of interdisciplinary studies dealing with Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The range of courses includes the study of history and traditional cultures, art, contemporary social and economic issues, literature, Aboriginal organizations, health, medical, legal, and political issues. The Interdisciplinary (IDP) Graduate Program in Native Studies includes studies in a variety of areas such as languages, literature, arts, women's issues, culture, history, material culture, contemporary perspectives, environmental studies, economic development, self-government, and land claims. The mandate of the Native Studies Department is to foster a wide understanding of Aboriginal issues and promote respect for Native heritage.
Custodial history: The Department of Native Studies transferred records to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in several accessions between 1996 and 2005.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of a Native Studies profile, course evaluations, Graduate Studies reports, Inuit Studies Program, departmental correspondence, correspondence regarding the Lubicon Lake Indian Band, audio-recordings of the 1996 Sacred Lands Conference, and Aboriginal publications.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.
Finding aid: An on-line finding aid is available at the link below: