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Offered by University of Alberta. Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that ... Enroll for free.

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Dr. Paul L. Gareau
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r/vancouver • comment
85 points • m007p01n7

University of Alberta offers a free online course here. There is one starting July 6th.

r/AskReddit • comment
229 points • UnsinkableRubberDuck

Coursera is one that does this.

Duke university offers one on physiology to help you understand how your body systems work together (useful for overall better science literacy).

Johns Hopkins has one on Covid-19 epidemiology to understand the spread and outbreaks.

If you want to learn more about the immune system, there's an Intro Immunology course by Rice university.

For Canadians (and others), there's one on Indigenous Canada that give context and history to the Indigenous populations and culture. This is a good one to check out as it will provide a different way to see the country and its peoples, and maybe help change the conversation we have around FNMI (First Nations, Metis, Indigenous) people.

r/vancouver • comment
39 points • scrumplic

Coursera is offering a free (or voluntary $60 fee) twelve-module course from University of Alberta, called "Indigenous Canada". Each module takes about two hours and can be completed at your own pace.

From the front page: "Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson 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. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions."

r/MoneyDiariesACTIVE • comment
33 points • PracticalShine

I loved the Indigenous Canada course from University of Alberta, available online for free! I also took a design thinking course that was really fun, and I'm currently taking a bystander intervention training course that has been incredible.

I've done tons of other classes offered through local places - embroidery, sewing, candlemaking, baking, beadwork, SQL, etc. When things are more open and a little safer, I'm excited to pursue taking more of these kinds of classes with friends, it's so fun!

My favourite training I've ever done was Change Management training I was offered at a previous job - I really loved the content, and the lessons I learned in those sessions has helped me immensely working with teams, navigating organizational change, and showing up for my direct reports as a manager. If you're not sure what sort of PD to get and you have budget to burn, I'd recommend looking into Change Management - it's the sort of content that can be widely applicable across functions, and some of it is even helpful in personal life situations!

r/onguardforthee • comment
27 points • fiochka

Your ignorance is incredible. There is a free course from University of Alberta that provides a great overview of the history of indigenous peoples in Canada. Maybe try to learn a bit about the people and issues your speaking about.

r/Winnipeg • comment
25 points • 7eventy6ers

+1 on the Indigenous Canada course. It is very educational and gives us white folk reason to pause and reflect on some very uncomfortable truths, while also enlightening us on the culture and heritage of the original inhabitants of Turtle Island through inspired storytelling.

You can find it on coursera:

r/Peterborough • comment
23 points • glyptemysinsculpta

Some very tough news today. But just a reflection of what has always been true. I feel where you are coming from. Kudos to you for taking some action. I have only one idea for a place to start. That is educating yourself. University of Alberta offers a free course called Indigenous Canada. I’m just through the intro and learning a lot (picking up where our public education system left a lot to be desired).

r/blogsnarkmetasnark • comment
37 points • gradadadadada

Okay I'm loving all the Schitt's Creek gifs. Dan Levy is a national treasure. He's matching all donations to The Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta up to 25K. The Indigenous Studies course he took is free through Coursera!

There is your happy story of the day.

I see that there is snark to be had below. Off to snark.

r/ontario • comment
16 points • aray623

The Indigenous Canada course offered by the University of Alberta is free and has a lot of great information. Dr. Tracy Bear does a great job in teaching it and I learned a lot about the history of Indigenous people's.

r/AskACanadian • comment
13 points • opuntiafragilis

This is a public online course, not one just for U of A students - total enrollment is almost 200,000

r/CrazyFuckingVideos • comment
13 points • human8264829264

Actually the churches opened residential schools in the US first. Then the church lobbied to be allowed to do it here as well, which was accepted. And at some point some of our politicians made it mandatory forced reeducation.

But it did not happen at once and the church is the one that started all that in both Canada in the US. There's a great course indigenous Canada for free where aboriginals explain the highlight of the colonial history including residential schools.

r/toronto • comment
11 points • Heartolion

I recommend the free online Coursera program (from the U of A) about Indigenous Canada for more insight into our native peoples.

r/hockey • comment
20 points • joustswindmills

I have signed up for a free coursera course via the University of Alberta that Dan Levy from schitt's creek suggested a while back. I've got a very small reading list that i'm going take a dip into as well. I know I'm not prepared for it, but it's a necessary step and I am looking forward to it.

There's also a good list of things to do for reconciliation that the Truth and Reconciliation Committee came up with a few years ago .

r/Indigenous • comment
9 points • bridgemixture

There's a free online course you can take: Indigenous Canada. The instructors are Indigenous.

r/AskACanadian • comment
9 points • dog_snack

I don’t think anyone (anyone worth listening to, anyway) is asking you to take blame. That’s just silly. You didn’t run these schools, you weren’t even born yet when the last one closed.

I was thinking about this yesterday, and perhaps this is a way to think about it: nobody chooses what context they’re born into. Indigenous people in Canada, whether they like it or not, are born into a demographic that has been traumatized for quite a long time so they have to carry that burden. Non-indigenous Canadians are born into a demographic that, historically, has been reaping the rewards of traumatizing indigenous peoples. None of that’s your fault, that’s just how our country got to where it is now.

But whichever demographic we’re born into, if we want to be engaged members of society we have a responsibility to understand what “role”we’ve inherited in it (again, whether we want that role or not) and how we can use it and change it to make our society better.

There’s no single way of doing that, but what I think it’s incumbent upon us (white, twentysomething Canadian males) to do is gain a better understanding of the history of our country, vis a vis indigenous peoples, to understand why our present is like this and what we might do differently going forward. Cuz historically, on average, guys like us haven’t given it much thought or understood it properly. Don’t assume that what we learned in school was enough.

If you’re a bookish type, seek out writing by indigenous peoples (not just about them, though there’s some good stuff in that category too). Right now I’m reading Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality by Bob and Cynthia Joseph. It’s written like an instruction manual for people who run businesses and organizations but it’s good for just regular people too.

If you’re more into videos and school-type stuff, the U of A has a course on “Indigenous Canada” you can take through Coursera:

If you like stuff that’s more lighthearted and digestible though, I’m enjoying the CBC podcast The Secret Life of Canada, which is just generally an unvarnished look at Canadian history, the good the bad and the okay.

Remember (and this goes for all aspects of life too): guilt is a largely useless emotion and there probably isn’t anything you personally need to feel guilty about anyway. But what you should do (and what I’m choosing to do) is some learnin’.

r/Winnipeg • comment
46 points • AugustinaStrange

I saw this posted on FB, but call your MP for one is important. I'm currently also taking that online course.

Copy/pasted from FB, not my words:

For days now, I have been asking myself, "How do I voice my outrage, my dismay and my sorrow about the discovery that supports the stories told for decades by residential school survivors - there are bodies of Indigenous children laying in unmarked graves in the gardens and orchards of Canada’s residential schools?” But more importantly, I have been asking myself, "What can I 'do'?" and "As a non-Indigenous person, how can I be helpful and how do I push for some kind of change?" Yes, I can send thoughts and prayers and reach out to the few residential school survivors I know personally… and I will and it’s important to do so. Yes, I can place an old pair of children's shoes on the local church steps in protest or hang an orange t-shirt on my front porch and leave the light on at night…and I will and it’s important to do so. But it’s also important to ask ourselves: “Are these gestures just posturing?”, “Will we just put an old teddy bear by the front door for a few weeks, think we've contributed and done our part and then go about our lives as usual?”, “Do these gestures really change anything for survivors?” and “Do they change anything for their children and grandchildren who are left to deal with the trauma?” They don’t. It's simply not enough for us non indigenous people to turn our social media profile pics orange. It's simply not enough to leave our lights on in memory. It's simply not enough to just feel uncomfortable for a little while. There are things we non-Indigenous people can do beyond small symbolic gestures to influence change, real change. If you, too, feel heartbroken over this, join me by doing some of the following. We owe it to ourselves and our children to improve our relationship with Indigenous people on both a societal and a personal level. We owe it to those indigenous people who survived and those kids who didn’t.

  1. Write, call, or email your MP and demand that the federal government fund all five Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls To Action number 72-76. These are the Calls To Action that ensure Canada works with Indigenous communities to locate their missing loved ones and the unmarked burial places in a culturally informed way.

  2. Sign the petition demanding a National Day of Mourning for the Lost Children of Residential School. Go here to do that:

  3. Put your money where your heart is. Support the organizations that make a difference to survivors and their relations. I have donated some money to each of the three organizations listed below. If you can afford to donate some too, any amount, I urge you to do so.

  4. Lastly, and definitely most important, let’s get educated and teach our children the truth. For years I have taught my son the true history of Britain, France and Canada’s failed relationship with Indigenous people. It's not the history I learned in Grade 8 Social Studies. The truth is the purpose of all government policies was and is to eradicate the “Problem of the Indian”. So to the best of my ability as a Settler, I tell my son what really happened and continues to happen to Indigenous people. I tell him about the broken promises, the military massacres, reserves and the Pass system, unfulfilled treaties, the 60’s Scoop, diseased blankets, eugenics, and the forced disenfranchisement and assimilation laid out in the Indian Act.

So if you too want to learn the truth and teach your kids, where to start? Well, there are books and films and courses. See details of these below.

If you read this far, thanks, let's learn to be kind to each other. JOHN

National Organizations to Donate To

  1. Witness Blanket is a large-scale traveling art installation inspired by a woven blanket, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation. You can donate by going here:

  2. The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for more than 19 years. The LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System (RSS) and subsequent Sixties Scoop (SS) on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing and Reconciliation. You can donate here:

  3. The Indian Residential School Survivors Society provides counselling as well as health and cultural support. They have an easy to use donation button. Go here for their website:

FREE University of Alberta - Indigenous Canada Course University of Alberta Native Studies Department offers a FREE online course titled Indigenous Canada. It is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course 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. Go to to sign up for this free online course.

Books to read. This is only a tiny list of what is available.

Up Ghost River – Edmund Metatawabin A powerful, raw and eloquent memoir about the abuse former First Nations chief Edmund Metatawabin endured in residential school in the 1960s, the resulting trauma, and the spirit he rediscovered within himself and his community through traditional spirituality and knowledge.

They Came for the Children: Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and Residential Schools, Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada, Paulette Regan

A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada, E. Brian Titley

Truth and Indignation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, Ronald Niezen

Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress, Jennifer Henderson and Pauline Wakeham

Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors, Larry Loyie, Wayne K. Spear and Constance Brissenden.

r/vancouver • comment
8 points • BibbityBobby

For anyone who is looking for a place to start to understand the history of First Nations in Canada, the University of Alberta has a free course that will give a good foundation to build on.

r/Edmonton • comment
8 points • Tooq

Direct link for those thinking about taking it:

You can take it for free, but there is a certificate for ~$65 if you like. Highly recommended.

r/exmormon • comment
15 points • Mormonh8r123

For anyone who is interested in knowing the 'Truth' about Indigenous Traditions and Culture, as well as learning of the impacts of Colonization, the University of Alberta has this free course.

Another very valuable resource for those who are interested is the Reports of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada. This was a 6 Year Journey where countless Residential School, 60's Scoop, and Intergenerational Trauma Survivor's shared their Stories culminating in these Resources and Reports.

I'd recommend reading the '94 Calls to Action' by the TRC

r/BeautyGuruChatter • comment
6 points • binalala

Indigenous-Canadian here, there is a free online course that anyone worldwide can take! It's arranged through the University of Alberta and very informative.

r/ontario • comment
9 points • ChocolateDice

A friendship center near you might be a good resource:

A less social angle is this Coursera MOOC:

r/askTO • comment
4 points • Spectre347

r/Indigenous • comment
8 points • grantaccess

A couple of resources that I know have good content, especially given the comparative way that you are approaching this.

UBC Indigenous Foundations is intended to give people a foundation in Indigenous matters in Canada to better approach universtiy dialogues.

Indigenous Canada has similar content, but in a free online course format. I'm not sure but it is probably a bit more national, as opposed to B.C., focused.

r/Indigenous • comment
3 points • stop999

Here is the link its on coursera so you can take it for free anytime.

r/askTO • comment
3 points • stellastellamaris

Post-travel quarantine is a federal regulation. (And have you seen our case numbers?)

Read books. (Overdrive through Toronto Public Library gets books on your phone or tablet.)

Watch stuff. (If you don't have Netflix or similar, lots of shows are available again through Toronto Public Library.) Or do a bunch of yoga or low-impact workouts on YouTube.

Learn stuff. Again, TPL (Lynda) or any number of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) such as the University of Alberta "Indigenous Canada" course (

Clean and organize your closet, cupboards, drawers, etc. Get to Inbox Zero if that's your thing.

Order groceries and learn to cook three new dishes from scratch.

Have Facetime or or WhatsApp or Zoom meetups with friends and family.

r/vancouver • comment
6 points • anitanit

Hey, that's great! I had similar questions where I wanted to learn more about our First Nations history.

A book I read that was good was: Unsettling Canada

Coursera also offers a free course:

r/Manitoba • comment
2 points • ClashBandicootie

I would highly encourage you to take some time to learn about key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations - this is a great resource! : )

r/vancouver • comment
5 points • spinningcolours

Free online course: Indigenous Canada, from UofAlberta.

r/saskatchewan • comment
2 points • mrskoobra

There is a free course from the UofA being offered on Coursera

r/Quebec • comment
2 points • alysrobi

J’ai décidé de suivre un cours gratuit donné (ou 60$ pour la certification) par l’université de l’Alberta vu qu’on m’a fucking rien appris sur les premières nations dans mon éducation. Sous-titres français dispo.

Je trouve ça hallucinant de ne pas se sentir responsable et de s’en calisser. Cette histoire me brise le cœur.

Si jamais ça intéresse quelqu’un :

r/ontario • comment
17 points • or_ange_kit_ty

Okay, what I've written here is just a start. For context, I'm not indigenous but I've been gathering information to help myself do some work as well and am happy to share what I've got. If an indigenous person tells you something that contradicts anything I've written here, please take their information over mine.

You can donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society because they operate a hotline for survivors to call if they are in crisis:

You can also read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations:

The entire TRC website has interesting (and difficult) information:

You can write to your MPP (find their info here: and your MP ( and ask them what they're doing to support the indigenous people of Canada, how they will be implementing the TRC calls to action, why indigenous communities don't have clean drinking water, why indigenous people are still over-represented in both foster care and incarcerated populations, etc.

There's a free University of Alberta course on indigenous history that you can take at your own pace through Coursera:

You can learn whose land you live on:

You can listen when indigenous people speak, and believe what they're telling you, but don't constantly ask indigenous people to educate you. Do your own legwork, homework and emotional labour.

If you're committed to educating yourself, much of what you'll learn will make you super uncomfortable, but examining history should be uncomfortable if we ever hope to change the future. I've said and done some really cringeworthy things in my past and it makes me horrified to think about them, but now that I know better I won't repeat my mistakes. As a society, that should be our goal.

If you are interested in purchasing a product that has an indigenous design, make sure you're buying from an indigenous artist or maker. This will avoid buying a product that has been culturally appropriated from indigenous creators.

Also I believe the term you should use is indigenous because it is inclusive of Inuit and Métis people. The term First Nations excludes those two groups.

r/AskReddit • comment
4 points • unicornpolkadot

I recommend educating yourself on this topic, so as to avoid perpetuating ignorance.

Residential schools were not established for the purposes of providing meaningful education to Indigenous children. Residential schools were established by the Canadian government and facilitated by the Catholic Church, with the sole intention of ‘stripping the Indian from the child’ through the degradation and destruction of Indigenous peoples, cultures, traditions and knowledge.

Indigenous children were forcefully apprehended and abducted from their families, homes, and communities. They were sent to Residential schools and subjected to neglect, physical, mental, and sexual abuse, and punished for their existence until one of two things happened: A) they no longer demonstrated Indigenous qualities, culture, languages, beliefs, values or knowledge or B) they died as a result of the abuses and were discarded into unmarked graves without any explanation or communication given to their families or communities. Many Indigenous families had their children kidnapped for them to never return home again, to never be loved or hugged or seen ever again.

Here are a few ways you can educate yourself, your loved ones and your community on Indigenous History in Canada and actively participate in reconciliation:

  1. Sign up for and participate in a FREE online course on Indigenous History in Canada through the University of Alberta

  2. Read the Truth and Reconciliation Reports to understand the intergenerational and present day consequences of colonization, residential schools, and the Indian Act on Indigenous peoples in Canada, and familiarize yourself with the TRC Calls to Action

  3. Contact a First Nation community in your local area to ask if they have any organizations or causes you can donate your time or money to. Ask if they have a local museum or any cultural events you and your family can participate in.

r/askTO • comment
4 points • local_asylum

UofA offers a free course. I think there are a few others too. there is a gov't one as well -

You can also pop into an Indigenous Friendship centre and tell them you want to learn. I don't know if there is one in Toronto, but a little good could help with that. Not familiar with the though.

r/onguardforthee • comment
1 points • trackofalljades

r/suggestmeabook • comment
1 points • felassans

Not a book per se, but the University of Alberta runs a Coursera course on Indigenous Canada that probably has some good reading material, and there is an option to register for free:

r/worldnews • comment
1 points • illegalmorality
r/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon • comment
1 points • Cassopeia88

There is a really good free online course from University of Alberta, offered here. It goes all into the history right up to current events and. I enrolled.

r/AskACanadian • comment
1 points • _sticks-and-stones_

You must know the past to understand the present 😉 Free online UofA University course during this pandemic

r/canadaleft • comment
1 points • im_not_afraid

do us a favour

I can say what I want, there is no teeth behind it. It's not like I can just shrug and eliminate settler-colonialism. do you know the difference between a credible/non-credible threat? you just need to grow a backbone.

you WANT to be ethnically cleansed when there is no threat of it. Why do you WANT others to treat the white man the way they have treated others? how masochistic is that? No one even wants to do what you think ppl want to do, but you don't care because you a scared shit-less coward.

read my name and stop being afraid.

> bought and sold land to other natives

There was no such concept of private property before the white invaders you ultimate baffoon.

r/CanadaPublicServants • comment
1 points • Corva-Borealis

If you’re interested there’s a great introduction course on Indigenous Canada through the University of Alberta and Coursera. It’s 12 weeks, but I put it in my learning goals in my PSMP and did some of it during lunch and work and some of it at home.

r/alberta • comment
1 points • BDR2017

Here is a Indigenous Canada course you can take for free by the U of Alberta It's been great. I am almost done. Each lesson is about an hour of video followed by a test and another video.

r/BurlingtonON • comment
1 points • teallday

It would take years to elaborate on this. There’s too much. There’s a free course you should take to educate yourself more around indigenous issues.

r/ShrugLifeSyndicate • comment
1 points • thehairywhoseit

r/uAlberta • comment
1 points • PigEmpress

r/askTO • comment
1 points • revolvingneutron

r/vancouver • comment
1 points • Tyrannosaur863

Not something you can do in one day but that free Indigenous Canada course from UofA/Coursera that Dan Levy was talking about awhile back is awesome:

r/CanadaPolitics • comment
1 points • brightandgreen

I'm going to get downvoted to oblivion, but whatever.

The racism and genocide is ongoing it can't be over because it hasn't stopped. I'm a white settler - second & seventh generation Canadian and I see with my eyes ongoing genocide and racism - it exists systemically (look up Indian act and property ownership, look up incarceration rates of Indigenous people, look up foster care reports, police complaints outcomes).

It's not over for many reasons. We are still occupying lands that don't belong to us under our OWN colonial laws. In 1996 the Supreme Court of Canada said in Delgamuukw that Indigenous title exists. I see no way out of this that doesn't include land back. Indigenous people have been clear that they aren't seeking individuals homes, but crown lands will need to be given back.

We could have turned around at Delgamuukw, but chose not to - they could have chosen to start reconciliation, but chose to stay on a path of racism and genocide - a war of attrition. There are thousands of examples, but I'll do the ones off the top of my head. The BC liberals held a disingenuous and racist referendum a few years later trying to vote our way out of law. In Manitoba they allowed Jordan River Anderson to die rather than pay his medical expenses. In Nova Scotia they never followed the Marshall decision and it lead to physical violence against the Mik'maw.

So no, this isn't even close to done. If you truly want to understand and be an agent for change so that it may be done one day, there is a good introductory course for free thru the University of Alberta:

This particular ruling is about indigenous child welfare on reserve. Indigenous children are still over represented in child protection and foster care. Had we not systemically taken so many children away from their parents to continue this war of attrition, we would not owe this huge amount of money under our OWN colonial laws. And let's be clear, every single parent would give up that $40,000 to not have had their child taken away from them. This particular settlement is a bucket of water out of a single sinking ship in an armada of ships that are still stubbornly going into the storm.

r/IndianCountry • comment
1 points • News2016

There should also be freely accessible, online courses that could be part of a degree requirement but also for the general public. For example:

r/premedcanada • comment
1 points • nothingbutmed

U of A offers a free non-credit course on Indigenous Studies! I’ve heard really good things about it!

r/IndianCountry • comment
1 points • SurviveYourAdults

to supplement what they won't teach you in K-12