CIA320 - Diversity and Indigenous People in Canada

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Subject Title
Diversity and Indigenous People in Canada

Subject Description
This course explores diversity as a discussion about culture, race, sexuality, gender, ?morality?, ethnicity and religion and its reflection on Canadian law enforcement practices. Students examine the richness and diversity of the aboriginal peoples of Canada, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit, with a special emphasis on aboriginal peoples and the criminal justice system. The overarching goal is to critically assess the legal and bureaucratic constraints that affect these groups situated in an understanding of the historical and evolutionary nature of policing practices that affect them. Students examine traditional systems of justice, incarceration rates amongst each group and other related statistics, the culture and history of policing, substance abuse, and recent initiatives in aboriginal justice and policing across the country.

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


  1. Critically examine stereotypes and cultural assumptions that are often held by the community and by the law enforcement professionals who serve the community.
  2. Discuss the negative effects of prejudice and discrimination in law enforcement and thereby become empowered to confront these divisive issues.
  3. Evaluate historical and current policing practices that have impacted the relations between diverse communities.
  4. Explain the significance of the British North America (BNA) Act, the Indian Act and various treaties on the lives of aboriginal peoples in Canada.
  5. Summarize the history of aboriginal policing in Canada for diverse policing needs.
  6. Distinguish between individualized racism and institutionalized racism within the context of colonialism to discuss the systematic disadvantages of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
  7. Critically evaluate the statistics surrounding male and female rates of arrest and incarceration to determine the underlying economic and social factors.
  8. Evaluate aboriginal community initiatives related to community policing, corrections, and substance abuse.

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