Aboriginal Studies is a provincial course designed for ALL Alberta students. The purpose of the course is to engage, enlighten, and educate students about the historical, cultural and societal issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada and across the globe. Aboriginal Studies 10 affords students the opportunity to acknowledge and understand Origin and Settlement Patterns, Aboriginal World views, Political and Economic Issues and Aboriginal Symbolism and Expression. As part of the course students will be participating in a variety of outdoor activities including trips to Elk Island National Park, Strathcona Wilderness Centre, and Blackfoot Provincial Park.
Aboriginal Studies 20 is a provincial course that builds upon the foundation of Aboriginal Studies 10. The course focuses on Indigenous people from a Canadian and Alberta perspective and includes the study of policies, legislation, conflict, and cultural change under the three major themes: The Metis Treaties, Legislation, and Schooling. Content delivery includes text, guest speakers, interactive learning, artistic expression and representation, film/literary exploration, and outdoor adventure (Elk Island National Park, Blackfoot Provincial Park, etc.).
Aboriginal Studies 30 (classified as a Group A Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages other than English subject according to Alberta Education) is a provincial course for all Alberta students. The objective of the course is to gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada and worldwide. Aboriginal Studies 30 enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society and Aboriginal world issues. The course is innovative and engaging and allows students to learn about Aboriginal issues and history from an indigenous perspective. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of cultural experiences (both on and off campus), as well as interact with Elders and guest speakers.