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INCA 100 3:0-0 Introduction to Indigenous Communication Arts – NEW

An introduction to multimedia storytelling for Indigenous media. Students will sharpen their media literacy in a digital universe, learn protocols for respectful inquiry, and develop skills in interviewing, research, narrative structures and multi-platform technical production for Indigenous media organizations and audiences. 

INCA 200 6:0-0 INCA Summer Institute In Journalism

This The INCA Summer Institute is an intensive 7-week course that provides instruction and practical experience to prepare students for entry-level positions in print, online, radio and television media organizations. Students complete daily and weekly assignments and are trained by professional Indigenous journalists from Indigenous and mainstream media. ***Permission of the Department Head is required to register.****Note: This course may sometimes be offered on a Pass/Fail basis

Next Institute: Spring/Summer 2021.
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INCA 283 3:3-0  Indigenous Media in Canada

Students review Indigenous media in Canada, the legislative and policy developments that have impacted communication, and the role in Indigenous media in constituting alternative public spheres of discourse. Topics include early newspaper publishing, Indigenous language radio and developments in television broadcasting that culminated with the creation of APTN.

INCA 284 3:3-0 Managing Indigenous Media Businesses

Students consider a variety of Indigenous media organizations with the goal of understanding how various forms of business—private for profit, non-profit, cooperatives and quasi-public organizations—are financed and managed. Students will come to appreciate the challenges and opportunities of managing media businesses.

INCA 290 6:0-0  INCA Internship

The INCA internships follow the INCA Summer Institute and allow students to continue their training and gain practical experience in a supervised work experience in mainstream or Indigenous media and communication organizations. Students must complete a minimum of 200 hours of work experience.***Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Head is required to register****Note: Students must fill out the Workers’ Compensation Agreement form prior to work placement.**Note: This course may sometimes be offered on a Pass/Fail basis.

INCA 351 3:3-3  Radio Production

In this course, students will learn theory and skills of storytelling and audio production to produce the elements of a radio program, including documentary paks, talk tapes, interviews, soundscapes and voicers. Students will also learn how to combine these elements with music to create radio broadcasts and podcasts. ***Prerequisite: INCA 200**

Related Courses

INDG 393 AQ – Investigative Research Collaborations I

Students learn the basics of investigative journalism, with opportunities to participate in national investigations coordinated by the Institute for Investigative Journalism. 

INDG 490 – Investigative Research Collaborations II

Students learn advanced investigative techniques, with opportunities to participate in national investigations coordinated by the Institute for Investigative Journalism. 

ADMIN 436 AN – Strategic Communication for Indigenous Organizations

This course is designed to assist students to improve their skills and confidence as effective communicators in an organizational context. Students will explore the issues faced by organizations in communicating internally with employees and externally with diverse publics. The course focuses equally on oral and written communications.


The INCA Diploma - Required courses


Arts Core Requirements  
0.0 ARTS 099
3.0 ENGL 100
3.0 Any course in MATH, STAT, CS (except CS 100), ECON 224, PHIL 150, 352, 450, 452, 460, SOST 201
3.0 Any course in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS that has a laboratory component, or GEOG 121
3.0 One of: ENGL 110; PHIL 100; RLST 245, 248; SOST 110
6.0 Two language courses (or one six-credit course) in the same language other than English.
3.0 Any course in ANTH; GEOG 100 or 120; INDG 232, 234, 238, 332, or 432;RLST (except RLST 181, 184, 186, 188, 284, 288)
Requirement met in major Any course in HIST, CATH 200, CLAS 100, IDS 100 or INDG 208, 210, 215, 216, 218, 219, 221, 228, 229, 230 or INDL 241, 242
any one of INDL 240 AA-ZZ 
Requirement met in major Any course in ECON, GEOG (except GEOG 100, 120, 121, 309, 321, 323, 325, 327,329, 333, 411, 421, 423, 429, or 431), INDG 236, 258, 305, 358, IS, JS, LING 270, PSCI, PSYC, SOC, SOST or WG
Requirement met in major Any course in INCA, INDG (except for INDG 208, 210, 215, 216, 218, 219, 221, 228, 229, 230, 232, 234, 236, 238, 258, 305, 332, 358, 432), INHS
any one of ENGL 214, 310 AA-ZZ; GEOG 344; HIST 310; JS 350, 351; KIN 105; LING 230, PSCI 338
SOC 214 or other courses approved by the Faculty of Arts as having substantial indigenous content, including special studies.
24.0 Subtotal
6.0 Two courses chosen from two of the following:
ECON 100
HIST 200, 201, 202 (history course emphasizing Canadian history)
PSCI 230 (A course in political science emphasizing Canadian politics and government)
6.0 INCA 200
3.0 INCA 283
3.0 INCA 284
6.0 INCA 290
3.0 INDG 281
3.0 INDG 282
30.0 Subtotal
Open Electives  
18.0 Six elective courses
72.0 Total:65.00% PGPA or 60.00% UGPA required