Department of Indigenous Studies


Welcome to the Department of Indigenous Studies


The World Council of Indigenous Peoples define Indigenous peoples as ”people, living in countries which have populations composed of differing ethnic or racial groups, who are descendants of the earliest populations living in the area and who do not as a group control the national government of the countries within which they live.” ​

Indigenous Studies at the University of Lethbridge is dedicated to community-engaged scholarship, and research of the priorities and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada and throughout the world. Within the department, Indigenous and non-Indigenous students have the opportunity to learn and think about Indigenous knowledges in creative, transformative and critical ways. The department offers courses that engender a rigorous and respectful understanding of Indigenous peoples’ languages, knowledges, cultures, histories, politics, arts, intellectual traditions, and research methodologies.


Department Highlights

Indigenous Knowledge Services Without Borders - Tara Million

Indigenous Studies faculty member, Tara Million, will be participating in an upcoming event, Indigenous Knowledge Services Without Borders Learning Opportunity as part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series. 

Her presentation, Nakayâskamohtahitowin (the act of introducing yourself to someone else) and Academic Positionality, will be held on December 19, 9-10 am (MT Edmonton). 

For more information or to register for this presentation, please use the link below.

INDG/LING3850A - New Course Offering Spring 2023

INDG3850A / LING3850CL - Second-Language Teaching and Learning

This course introduces students to the learning of languages in youth and adulthood – and the concepts underlying the teaching of languages. The course combines theoretical insights with practical applications and is aimed at future language teachers and language learning researchers. The textbook for this course is Introduction to Instructed Second Language Acquisition (2020) by Shawn Loewen.

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-10:15am 

Room W514

Instructor: Dr. Conor Snoek



From ‘clubs’ to ‘clocks’: lexical semantic extensions in Dene languages

An open access article by Dr. Conor Snoek

This study examines the semantics of a root form underlying a wide range of Dene lexical expressions. The root evolved from a simple nominal denoting “club” to expressions lexicalizing the movement of stick-like objects and the rotation of helicopter blades. These semantic extensions arise through sourcein-target and target-in-source metonymies. Drawing on Cognitive Linguistics, especially the theory of metonymy, offers a method of describing the range of meanings expressed by this root in a concise manner. Focusing on the results of metonymic meaning extensions also opens the way to addressing questions in the history of Dene languages. This study contributes to increasing the typological scope of Cognitive Linguistic approaches and argues for the usefulness of the theory in addressing problems in Dene linguistics.

What does it mean to engage in truth and reconciliation in higher learning institutions? A conversation with Dr. Apooyak'ii, Tiffany Prete

As we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, it is important to learn and understand how we can take meaningful steps to achieve the goals of the …

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Advancing Indigenous ways of knowing

On September 30, 2021, Canada solemnly paused in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Throughout the week, the ULethbridge reflected on a painful, unjust part of Canadian history on the …

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Faculty Friday | Dr. Inge Genee, linguist

Reflecting on our history and actively working on the Calls to Action set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission cannot be a once a year event. We connected with someone who, as part …

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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

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