Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy is asking fans to enroll in a free Indigenous history course with him to better understand Canada’s current circumstances.
The Canadian actor and producer revealed on Monday that he’s signed up for a course called Indigenous Canada offered online from the University of Alberta.
“I thought if I am going to sign up and learn, maybe some other people would want to join me and we could do this as a group,” he said in a Twitter video.
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The course consists of 12 lessons and examines historical and contemporary issues from an Indigenous perspective. Every week, Levy will host discussions with the professors to “delve deeper in the curriculum.” The first one is happening on Sunday, August 23 at noon Pacific Time.
“If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to actively re-learn history. History that wasn’t taught to us in school. To better understand and contextualize our lives,” he said.
Anyone can audit the U of A course online, and it’s also offered for credit to students working towards their degree. Lessons will look at topics including the fur trade, land claims, legal systems and rights, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous art and life.
Watch Levy’s full explanation of why he’s taking the course here:
Come learn with me? I’ve signed up for a (free) course through the University of Alberta called Indigenous Canada. 12 lessons that explore Indigenous histories and contemporary issues from an Indigenous perspective.
This little video explains it all. Sign up via link in my bio! pic.twitter.com/LccboMO8X2
— dan levy (@danjlevy) August 18, 2020