The University of Prince Edward Island has implemented a mandatory Indigenous Studies course. The course will be launching in the Fall through the university’s new Faculty of Indigenous Knowledge, Education, Research, and Applied Studies (IKERAS). It will cover topics such as Indigenous history, cultures, practices, trauma, and healing. The course has been implemented to ensure that all graduates have been educated about Indigenous issues. “By just having a mandated course around Indigenous knowledge of peoples and their cultures, I believe that we are teaching responsible citizenship,” said UPEI Assistant professor David Varis, who is Cree.