Family Structures

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The family structure of Indigenous people is complex and steeped in culture. With the diversity of tribes, it is best to seek further answers when looking at a specific community.

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Audience: Students in or interested in Indigenous Studies
Course or Module: Module
Language: English
Approx. Time to Complete: 1 hr.
LMS: D2L/Brightspace and Moodle

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Welcome to the Indigenous Family Structure Module

This course is made possible by a partnership between (name of course host institution) and the Manitoba Flexible Learning HUB. The HUB is a resource for the development of fully online courses, blended learning modules, and learning resources.

Course Summary

The word family needs to be looked at a little closer when speaking to the different Nations of Indigenous people. The family structure of Indigenous people complex and steeped in culture. With the diversity of tribes, it is best to seek further answers when looking at a specific community. Some tribes are matriarchal and some are patriarchal, but all went past the parents and children, very much inclusive to the extended family. The family structure that is outlined will provide a construct of how a family relates. Colonization and residential schools have introduced considerable changes within the structure both socially and economically. By the end of the module you will be able to recognize, use and support the information to not only your studies, but to life as well. Please bear in mind, that not all families are the same, and therefore should not be all seen as typical of the following information.

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Module Level Learning Goals:

  • To distinguish what the word family means to Indigenous people.
  • To interpret some of the roles and protocols of family.
  • To differentiate other aspects of the family.
  • Able to interpret the structure of the family.


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