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)
  • Canadian Law, Politics and Aboriginal People (INDG 3105)
  • 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 2017-2018 academic year, the University is offering:
Fall-Winter 2017
Canadian Law, Politics and Aboriginal People (INDG 3105EL-26): The course explores the political, legal and constitutional status of Aboriginal people in Canada. It includes an examination of the effects of laws and policies on individual and collective rights. The Constitution Act, Indian Act, international law and Aboriginal customary law are examined. Issues such as selfgovernment, self- determination, Treaty rights and Aboriginal rights are also discussed. (6 credit course)

Offered by Dr. Emily Faries on site in Moose Factory and online via Contact North Saba (web conferencing).

Available to James Bay Communities of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Moose Factory.

September 30 - October 1, 2017
October 21 - 22, 2017
November 18 - 19, 2017
January 20 - 21, 2018
February 10 - 11, 2018
March 10 - 11, 2018

CLASS TIME - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Dr. Emily Faries, Professor -, 705-665-3768
Mary Recollet, Administrative Assistant -, 705-673-5661, ext. 225

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - September 15, 2017
Note: No registration or changes after this date.

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

If you need help with registration, please contact Mary Recollet at the University in Sudbury (705) 673-5661 ext. 225, or email

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