Why choose Indigenous Studies at Dal?

Helping students understand and critically engage around our shared history and issues that face Canada's indigenous people is the foundation of the Indigenous Studies minor program.

Learning from indigenous scholars, you'll benefit from the perspectives and insights of instructors who have both lived and studied the topics under discussion.   

In class, you will study treaty making in Canada, including the meaning of Aboriginal and treaty rights and Aboriginal title. You will develop an understanding of Indigenous identity, Indigenous representation in film and expression in contemporary art, land rights and resource development and the social, health and environmental impacts of land and resource development. You will learn the practical skills of how to engage with Indigenous communities in research.

Students who complete the Indigenous Studies minor will leave the program with a deeper understanding of indigenous issues in political, social and economic contexts. These issues are of increasing importance as Canada moves toward reconciliation with Indigenous people.

Students in numerous disciplines will increasingly need to understand how their work impacts Indigenous people. From researchers working with with Indigenous communities, to health experts working with Indigenous patients, or those wanting to do business with Indigenous clients, it is important that you be prepared to engage in respectful and knowledgeable ways.

Program details

BA, BSc, BComm, BInf, BCS, BMgmt

Program Options

A minor in Indigenous Studies can be taken as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Informatics, Bachelor of Management or Bachelor of Computer Science degree. See the Academic Calendar for full details.

  • Concentration (3 years)
  • Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)


See Admissions Requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines  

  • March 15 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

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Residence & Housing

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Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing