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

Tara Million Publication in International Journal for Equity in Health

Factors of success, barriers, and the role of frontline workers in Indigenous maternal-child health programs: a scoping review

Despite considerable investment in maternal-child programs in Canada, there has been little positive impact on the health of Indigenous mothers and their children. The reasons for this are unclear and there is a need to identify how such programs can be successfully implemented. Community input is essential for successful programs; however, it is unclear what the contributions of frontline workers have been in the health program process, i.e., program development, delivery, and evaluation. Based on these identified gaps, this scoping review aimed to: (1) identify factors of success and barriers to successful Indigenous maternal-child community health programs for mothers and their children aged 0–6 years; and (2) explore how frontline workers are included in the program process.

Indigenous Writers Series Presents - Blood Quantum (18A)

Blood Quantum (18A)

From IMDb: "The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi'kmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague"

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Discussion to follow movie.

Hosted and sponsored by: The Departments of English and Indigenous Studies, University Library, Iikaaisskini Indigenous Services, Mastercard Foundation, Faculty of Arts & Science (Dean's Office), Indigenous Governance and Business Management (Dhillon School of Business).

BMO Auditorium (SA8002) (5:00PM - 8:00PM) March 12, 2024

This event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Indigenous Women's Speaker Series 2023/2024

Indigenous, Radically! in patnership with The Galt Museum and the Department of Indigenous Studies presents:

Indigenous Women's Speaker Series (2023/24)                      

October 26, 2023 6:00p - 8:00p - Dr. Tina Taitano DeLisle "Placental Politics: Rewriting Oceanic Histories of Embodied Land Work, Radical Relationalities, and Indigenous Feminisms"

November 30, 2023 6:00p - 8:00p - Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, MFA "Imaging Ourselves: Portraits & Moments"

January 2024 (TBD) - Miquel'l Icesis Dangeli

March 16, 2024 12:00p - 2:00p - Cyanotype Workshop with Dakota Mace

March 28, 2024 6:00p - 8:00p - Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot "Enhanced Participation of Indigenous Peoples at the UN"

April 4, 2024 6:00p - 8:00p - Su Spotted Bull & Jessica Hawryluk "Untethered Technologies: Indigenous VR Workshop"

Location for all events: The Galt Museum (502 - 1 St S, Lethbridge AB)

Indigenous, Radically! is supported in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Mastercard Foundation.

Fine Arts Shining Student Jackson Paquette

Shining Student Jackson Paquette takes inspiration from his surroundings, from the concrete hallways of the University of Lethbridge, to the sweeping grasses in the coulees.

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Shining Student Tyra Hercina

Tyra Hercina's professors have played pivotal roles in her University of Lethbridge experience, shaping Tyra's approach to education, and inspiring her to consider a future as a professor of Indigenous studies.

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Indigenous Women’s Speaker Series offers something for community and student-organizers

An Indigenous Women's Speaker Series, organized by Indigenous women, is a win-win situation for all involved. It will help Indigenous women scholars amplify their voice, while providing practical skills for the ULethbridge students …

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