CAN418 - Indigenous Studies

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Subject Title
Indigenous Studies

Subject Description
CAN 418 will explore the history and current affairs of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people in Canada through a variety of perspectives provided by academics, elders, and artists (including film makers, writers, storytellers, visual artists, and musicians). Over many thousands of years, the people indigenous to North America developed complex thriving societies whose rich philosophies, economies, and political systems reflect an intimate, harmonious relationship with their land - and which may suggest remedies for our wounded planet today.
Although European contact over the past 500 years has introduced often destructive and conflicting values and institutions, Native people in Canada have resolutely countered assimilation, and their contribution to the evolution of Canadian society is far reaching and profound. Students will examine aspects of these recent centuries, as well as contemporary Native issues regarding culture, identity, self-government, land claims, education, health, and justice.

Credit Status
One General Eduction elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Students who have taken CAN104 cannot take CAN418 as a general education credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the diversity of Indigenous people across Canada to contrast their traditions, values, world views and connections to land.
  2. Discuss the contributions of Indigenous people in relation to the settlement of Canada up to contemporary times.
  3. Discuss settler colonialism and assimilation to explain the impact on Indigenous peoples.
  4. Examine contemporary Indigenous people (eg. Politicians, athletes, celebrities etc.) to share the positive impact  they have had on Canadian society.
  5. Assess the Truth and Reconciliations Commission’s recommendations as strategies for social justice, equity and change.
  6. Analyze Indigenous political activity and grassroots resistance (UOI, COO, AFN; OKA, Idle No More, Dakota Access Pipeline) to explore growing activism.
  7. Discuss community and government resources to review supports for Indigenous people on and off reserve.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.