Native studies

Detail of totem pole

St. Paul's is home to University of Waterloo's Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre. Part of the vision for these services is to enhance awareness of Aboriginal perspectives and issues in the broader community. The University of Waterloo has also asked St. Paul's and the Aboriginal Centre to provide ongoing strategic advice on the appropriate indigenization of the university.



Issues in Contemporary Native Communities in Canada (ANTH 272) provides undergraduate students with an understanding of current Aboriginal issues from the perspective of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

The course explores selected aspects of the contemporary native experience as defined by the local native community. Specially selected guest lecturers from the native community provide a first-hand perspective on the issues.

Aboriginal Business Development

First Peoples and Business Development (ENVS 400) examines the cultural, legal, constitutional, geographical, and economic context of business development among, with, and within First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.