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Indigenous Peoples & Canada

This course will examine the development of Indigenous and non-Indigenous (“settler”) identities and relationships, with a focus on post-Confederation Canada. We will consider the experiences of Indigenous peoples in various social locations (distinguished by nation, class, gender, age, sexuality, etc.), as well as how Indigenous peoples have been defined and portrayed by Canadian law, mass media, and popular culture. We will also analyze non-Indigenous Canadians’ awareness of and attitudes toward “Indigenous issues,” the dynamics of racism and colonialism, case studies of Indigenous-settler relations in urban and rural settings, and the possibilities for healing, reconciliation, and social justice in the 21st century. Throughout the course, we will gain a deeper understanding of how Indigenous peoples have resisted and been impacted by colonization and, conversely, how settler Canadians – whether defining themselves in opposition to or in solidarity with Indigenous peoples – have also been shaped by their interactions with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.

SOCIOL 4RR3

Indigenous Peoples & Canada

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes

This course will examine the development of Indigenous and non-Indigenous (“settler”) identities and relationships, with a focus on post-Confederation Canada. We will consider the experiences of Indigenous peoples in various social locations (distinguished by nation, class, gender, age, sexuality, etc.), as well as how Indigenous peoples have been defined and portrayed by Canadian law, mass media, and popular culture. We will also analyze non-Indigenous Canadians’ awareness of and attitudes toward “Indigenous issues,” the dynamics of racism and colonialism, case studies of Indigenous-settler relations in urban and rural settings, and the possibilities for healing, reconciliation, and social justice in the 21st century. Throughout the course, we will gain a deeper understanding of how Indigenous peoples have resisted and been impacted by colonization and, conversely, how settler Canadians – whether defining themselves in opposition to or in solidarity with Indigenous peoples – have also been shaped by their interactions with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.


Jeffrey Denis

Associate Professor

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV Honours Sociology or permission of the department.