Living with the Land: Indigenous Knowledge in Theory and Practice

AS OF JULY 5, 2019,

This year, this 10-day outdoor course will be offered from August 16-25, 2019. You go in on a Friday and come out on a Sunday. Dr. Mike Hankard will be teaching the course and will send out a course outline, expectations, camping list, directions, etc. once we have finalized the class list.

The course will be held at Chi Genebek Ziibing Cultural Camp, north of Elliot Lake, ON. Students are required to get to the campsite on their own.

There is an additional expense of $350.00 over and above the regular course fee, to cover materials and equipment for the ten days and is payable to the University of Sudbury.

Note that the regular course fee WILL BE PAYABLE UPON REGISTRATION to Laurentian University.

See further details below, including the brochure. If you have any further questions regarding the course or the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Recollet.


Through group discussions, Elder teachings and a variety of experiential learning activities, students will explore their relationship with the natural environment from within an Indigenous knowledge framework.

Not to be considered a ceremonial camp, students will gain an understanding of the land and the natural environment during this 10-day outdoor course. .

Past activities and experiential learning within the course have included medicine walks, traditional teachings, nightly sharing circles, meditation, lodge building, cooking activities and outdoor workshops.

Students will be evaluated using various formats such as:
  • Student journal: Students will be required to write each day in their journal, reflecting on the previous day's activities and teachings shared by the Elders.
  • Course paper: The course paper will generally be an exploration of personal insights derived from Elder's teachings and experiential learning.
  • Student presentations: Each student will facilitate discussions on an assigned topic which relates directly to the goals and objectives of the course.

Note: In addition to the tuition course tuition fee, the student will have to pay a materials and equipment expense upon registration. As the course is offered outdoors, participants are advised to be prepared for all weather conditions. Once registered, a list of equipment and supplies required will be provided.

Space is limited! Contact Mary Recollet in the department of Indigenous Studies today at or 705-673-5661, ext. 225.

Click below for the brochure.



"I found the Living with the Land course to be incredible... a fantastic environment in which Nature and Community become your classroom.  It was an opportunity to learn new things, meet new people and to build long-lasting friendships.  The course's unique structure with traditional teachings from community elders allowed for unforgettable learning experiences." - Kian Madjedi, graduate