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 in an ongoing discussion about culture, race, sexuality, gender, ethnicity and religion and its reflection and implications on Canadian law enforcement practices. Students examine the richness and diversity of Canada, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and the course places a special emphasis on understanding the struggle for justice of indigenous peoples as an example of the intersectionality of oppression in the criminal justice system and wider society. The overarching goal of the course is to critically assess the legal and bureaucratic constraints that affect marginalized and oppressed groups in society and achieve an understanding of the historical and evolving nature of policing practices that affect them. Students examine traditional systems of justice, incarceration rates and other related statistics, the culture and history of policing, substance abuse, and recent initiatives, struggles and challenges to enforcement-based approaches in Canada and across the world.

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

  1. Challenge and counter stereotypes and cultural assumptions that can be held in 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 issues as a public safety professional.
  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 first peoples in Canada.
  5. Summarize the history of policing in Canada in relation to first peoples and marginalized communities in order to understand diverse policing needs.
  6. Distinguish between individualized racism and institutionalized racism within the context of colonialism to discuss the systematic disadvantages of first peoples in Canada.
  7. Critically evaluate the statistics surrounding different rates of arrest and incarceration in the population to determine the underlying economic and social factors.
  8. Evaluate community empowerment and initiatives related to community policing, corrections, and substance abuse.
  9. Understand contemporary struggles for justice and equity and how to promote anti-oppressive practices.
  10. Describe the intersectional nature of oppression and its impact on diverse communities.

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