The University of Sudbury brings university education to the James Bay Coast!

As per the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Sudbury and the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council, representing the Cree communities of James Bay in northeastern Ontario, the University will continue its efforts to offer Indigenous Studies courses directly on site in the area.

Since September 2013, Dr. Emily Faries of the department of Indigenous Studies - University of Sudbury, has offered the following courses directly on site in Moose Factory:
  • Introduction to Cree (INDG 1025)
  • Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood (INDG 1116)
  • Implications of Aboriginal Peoplehood (INDG 1117)
  • Native People and Newcomers in Encounter in Eastern Canada (INDG 2406)
  • Native women: Perspectives and Issues (INDG 2216)
  • North American Native People: Tradition & Culture (INDG 2285)
  • Foundations of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (INDG 2316)
  • Native Community-based Research Methods (INDG 3215)
  • Living with the Land: Indigenous Knowledge in Theory and Practice (INDG 3285)
In September 2015, the project extended to other communities on the James Bay Coast which include Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Kashechewan. Courses are now offered either directly onsite or via video-conferencing.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the University is offering:
Fall 2016
Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood (INDG 1116EL-20): explores the cultural and historical foundations such as worldview, culture and nation, and a study of models of peoplehood.

Offered on site in Moose Factory by Dr. Emily Faries. 
Fall-Winter 2016
North American Native People: Tradition & Culture (INDG 2285EL-26): a discussion of basic Native spiritual insights and the traditions and cultural expressions developing therefrom. An emphasis is placed on the contemporary revival of these and their relevance to the present day.

Offered on site in Fort Albany by Professor Edmund Metatawabin (to be confirmed).
Winter 2017
Implications of Aboriginal Peoplehood (INDG 1117EL-20): examines the views of women that have predominated in different eras, as manifested in Native mythology, by the structures of Native societies, and in the historical record and government policies, are related to the challenges that have emerged and continue to confront Aboriginal women. Native women's responses to these issues are also examined.

Offered on site in Moose Factory by Dr. Emily Faries.

Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of the number of courses the University offers by distance education every year.

If you are located in the James Bay area and need help with registration, please contact Project Administrator Heather Faries (705-658-4222, ext. 146, or email or Mary Recollet at the University in Sudbury (705-673-5661 ext. 225, or email

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