The goal of Aboriginal Studies is to shift thinking, understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal people, the issues and challenges they face and the contributions they have made to society.
Students will examine how Aboriginal peoples are striving toward maintaining and promoting cultures and identities that reflect values based on respect for the laws of nature and a continual pursuit of balance among individuals, the family unit, the larger community and global community context.
The term "Aboriginal" refers to First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
The following Aboriginal Studies courses are available at CFL Summer School. Click on the name of the course to read its description.
Grade 10 Level
Grade 11 Level
Grade 12 Level
Course Delivery Method
* In-Person Only
Aboriginal Studies 10 * ‡
Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 9 Social Studies
Aboriginal Studies 10 is a provincial course suitable for all students in Alberta schools. The course is based on perspectives and worldviews of Aboriginal peoples - First Nations, Métis and Inuit.. It includes the study of traditions and history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and particularly in Alberta. Students will have the opportunity to examine such topics as governmental structures, literature, the arts and the sciences.
The four themes in Aboriginal Studies 10 are:
- Origin and settlement patterns
- Aboriginal worldviews
- Political and economic organization
- Aboriginal symbolism and expression
Aboriginal Studies 20 * ‡
Prerequisite: Completion of Aboriginal Studies 10
Aboriginal Studies 20 is a provincial course suitable for all students in Alberta schools. The course focuses on indigenous people - First Nations, Métis and Inuit - from a Canadian and Alberta perspective. It includes the study of policies, legislation, conflict and cultural
The four themes in Aboriginal Studies 20 are:
- The Métis: conflict and cultural change
- Treaties and cultural change
- Legislation, policies and cultural change
- Schooling and cultural change
Aboriginal Studies 30 * ‡
Prerequisite: Completion of Aboriginal Studies 20
Aboriginal Studies 30 is a provincial course suitable for all students in Alberta schools. Students will gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing Aboriginal peoples worldwide. Aboriginal Studies 30 enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal land claims, Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) and Aboriginal world issues.
The four themes in Aboriginal Studies 30 are:
- Aboriginal Rights and Self-government
- Aboriginal Land Claims
- Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Society
- Aboriginal World Issues