Thousands of students are learning about Indigenous history as part of a massive open online course (MOOC) offered by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies.
Thousands of students are learning about Indigenous history as part of a massive open online course (MOOC) offered by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies. Indigenous Canada is a free 12-module course, developed by Dr. Tracy Bear, which explores subjects such as the fur trade, the Indian Act, and Indian Residential Schools, which were set up to eradicate Indigenous culture and languages. More than 150,000 Indigenous students were sent to these schools, run by the Canadian government and churches, between 1831 and 1997.
Close to 400,000 people have signed up for Indigenous Canada since its inception in 2017. About 3,500 students enroll per week, but more than 39,000 registered in the days after the unmarked graves of 215 children were discovered at the site of a former Kamloops residential school in 2021. Not everyone finishes all 12 lessons—about 1,000 students complete the entire course each week.
About the Course
Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.
From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.
Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.
Exerts of this article are from the City of Edmonton Website