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By September the beginning of the University of Regina's winter session, the college will be offering four Indian studies courses.
These will be:
These courses represent the embryo of what will eventually become the first North American Indian studies program offered by an Indian-controlled institution.
It is expected that by the winter of 1979, the college will be offering a full degree program of at least six courses in Indian studies.
Requirements for obtaining a bachelor of arts in Indian studies will be the same as any other arts faculty at the University of Regina. SIFC is affiliated to U of R.
Students will need a minimum of six courses in their major subject (in this case Indian studies), and a total of 15 full courses for a three-year degree.
College officials are pleased with the response the college has received since it went into operation last fall.
Admissions and counselling officer Doris Greyeyes said the college expects more than 300 students will be registered in courses by September.
These would include the more than 100 students registered in ten university courses to be offered on reserves this summer.
In a complicated administrative arrangement the federated college offers U of R classes in subjects such as English and mathematics on a number of Saskatchewan reserves. Delivery of these courses is co-ordinated by the Saskatchewan Indian Community College based in Saskatoon.
Any reserve resident can take at least one of these courses, and possibly more, depending upon the individual's educational standing.
Because most Indian people currently do not meet university admission standards, provision has been made for them to take the classes on a "special-conditional" basis, Greyeyes said.
The admissions officer said the college plans to offer 90 per cent of its courses on reserves.
Rather than encouraging a further Indian migration to the cities for schooling, offering university classes on reserves will meet the educational needs of Indian people more adequately, Greyeyes said.
Indian students will now be able to avoid many of the urban problems suffered by many of their peers living in the province's larger cities, she said.
At the centre of development of the Indian' studies program is an ad hoc committee bringing together FSI staff, elected officials and Indian elders.
This committee proposes general outlines for new Indian studies courses and appoints spokesman to negotiate approval of the courses by U of R authorities.
Several course ideas are now on the drawing boards, and the 1979 winter session could see courses on subjects such as Indian psychology,
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personality, culture and politics offered to students for the first time.
The role of the ad hoc committee on Indian studies is "to draw together people in touch with the educational needs of Indian communities, said SIFC Indian studies developer Alex Stonechild.
The committee can recommend both the kind of courses to be offered and the resources which can be used, Stonechild said.
He said the college is now receiving inquiries from students across Canada.
And he said college officials hope to meet with officials from non-Indian-controlled Indian studies program's this fall to discuss mutual concerns and interests.
Stonechild said the college wants to generate an interest in its activities throughout North America.