Turn the World into Your Classroom

Grassy Narrows, Ontario

Program Description

The Native Studies Field School is a two-week program situates students in an Anishinaabe context where they will develop an understanding of their place as Treaty people by engaging the environmental and cultural politics of the Anishinaabe community of Grassy Narrows First Nation. It is an intensive and rigorous program of study that brings together discussion of key contemporary scholarly and historical texts in conjunction with a challenging experiential learning component. This travel/study course consists of mandatory pre-trip sessions at the University of Manitoba; followed by 10 days at Grassy Narrows (includes travel days).

In the field component, students examine grassroots strategies to safeguard traditions and home territories such as the logging blockade at Slant Lake, and contribute to the development of a community-led eco-tourism and education site across Indian Lake. They will help build trapping cabins and prepare the site generally. In the process, students will learn to set fish nets, smoke fish, cook over fire for shore lunches, and fashion traditional technologies such as wooden paddles with locally sourced materials.

Department

Department of Native Studies

Course Dates

  • 2017 dates TBA

Course Credits

All students must have approval of the instructor. Students must register in 6 credit hours as follows.

  • NATV 2000 T60 – Grassy Narrows Environment and Cultural Politics (3 credit hours) and
  • NATV 2000 T61 – Anishinaabe Traditional Environment Knowledge in Grassy Narrows (3 credit hours)
  • or

  • NATV 4300 T60 – Grassy Narrows Environment and Cultural Politics (3 credit hours) and
  • NATV 4300 T61 – Anishinaabe Traditional Environment Knowledge in Grassy Narrows (3 credit hours)
  • or

  • NATV 7220 T60 – Grassy Narrows Environment and Cultural Politics (3 credit hours) and
  • NATV 7220 T61 – Anishinaabe Traditional Environment Knowledge in Grassy Narrows (3 credit hours)

Travel Fees

  • Travel Fee is $300 (subject to change), includes local travel by boat, traditional ceremonies, community consultations, and camping fees. Students are responsible for accommodation (provide their own tents, sleeping bags, related camping equipment, and food). A collective food fund will be organized to purchase food for shared meals. Personal expenses, individual food purchases, and University of Manitoba tuition are not included.
  • tudents are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from Grassy Narrows, Ontario in accordance with the published course dates. Car pool arrangements are encouraged.
  • Travel fees may be paid by cheque (payable to The University of Manitoba), VISA, MasterCard, or in cash.
  • The Travel Fee must be paid by cash only to a registered entity in Grassy Narrows (to be determined), and must be paid on or before May 31, 2016.
  • An additional fee ($150) to cover cost of travel (fuel), and food for shared meals is payable to Ryan Duplassie.

Admission and Requirements

  • All students must have approval of the instructor.
  • All participants must attend pre-trip sessions.
  • Students are encouraged to register early.
  • In order to participate in a travel/study course, all students must sign an Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Liability Waiver that outlines risk and shared responsibility associated with travel/study.

For More Information

Course information:
Ryan Duplassie, Department of Native Studies
e-mail: ryan.duplassie@umanitoba.ca

Admission, registration and fee payment information:

Extended Education

185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg,
MB
Canada
R3T 2N2
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Fax: +1 204 474-7661
Email: extended@umanitoba.ca