MIKM 2701 Course Description & Schedule

Course Description

On June 2, 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its executive summary based on a 6-year process of understanding the lasting legacies of the historical and intergenerational traumas inflicted on Indigenous peoples in Canada through the residential school system. A number of the 94 recommendations put forward called for institutions of higher education to work with Indigenous peoples to start to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and ways of learning through the eyes of traditional knowledge keepers and Elders into the curriculum, and to put a significant focus on enhancing intercultural learning and understanding. This course responds to this call, and endeavours to create the foundation for a permanent and required course offering for students at Cape Breton University, as well as the interested public, to learn about the rich cultures, ceremonies, history, knowledge, ways of knowing, and wisdom of Mi’kmaq peoples in Unama’ki and Mi’kma’ki.   Join and share in the experience with course facilitator, Stephen Augustine, Dean of Unama’ki College and Aboriginal Learning and Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, for this exciting introduction to Mi’kmaq history, culture, and ways of knowing, while learning about the meaning and context of Treaties and answer the calls from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Topics covered will include the Mi’kmaq Creation story, oral history and traditions, Indigenous governance, the ongoing legacies of residential schools, the impacts of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, and moving from challenges to strengths and resilience within Mi’kmaq communities.

Archived Classes 

Week 1: The Mi’kmaq Creation Story: A Philosophy of Life
Week 2: History and Treaties in Mi’kma’ki
Week 3: Oral History, Traditions, and Ways of Knowing
Week 4: Walking the Medicine Wheel & Four Directions Teachings
Week 5: It’s All About the Land
Week 6: The Legacies of Residential Schools
Week 7: Understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission
Week 8: From Challenges to Strengths & Resilience
Week 9: Reconnecting Our Youth to Their Traditional Heritage
Week 10: Indigenous Governance for the Future
Week 11: Indigenizing the University
Week 12: Concluding Thoughts: Moving Forward with Reconciliation