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FNST 050 - Provincial First Nations
This Provincial level course briefly looks at the physical locations of the six main First Nations language families and their many principle tribes. Then thoroughly, beginning with the development of the Indian Act during the mid to late 1870's, the course examines the politics and policies used by the Federal Government when dealing with First Nations groups to the present day.

Hours:
  • Total Hours: 120
  • Lecture Hours: 120
Total Weeks: 20

Pre-Requisites:
  • Grade 10 reading level, or permission of the Instructor
Course Content:
Advanced First Nations Political History
  • Frequently Encountered Terms
  • First Nations History in Canada - Pre-contract
  • Racism
  • Development and History of the Indian Act
  • Residential Schools
  • Inside the Reserves: Community Health in Crisis
  • Aboriginal Justice
  • Adoption Policies
  • Damaging Effects of Hydro Projects
  • Kanesatake
  • Diamond Mining in the North: The Barrens Quest
  • Aboriginal Women
  • BC Treaty Process
  • Local Kaska History
  • Current Events
Learning Outcomes:
The learner will be able to:
  • Define words associated with First Nations Studies and demonstrate understanding of the new vocabulary
  • Locate six main First Nation language groups on Canada map
  • Describe various theories and policies behind racial domination and how racism has affected First Nations cultural identity
  • Describe reasons behind the development of the Indian Act
  • Explain how government policies were related to residential school policies and the impact the schools had on Aboriginal communities
  • Compare and contrast European and Aboriginal styles of justice
  • Describe the culture effect of current adoption polices and trends on Aboriginal communities
  • Describe the effect of dislocation on community, culture, and traditional lifestyle
  • Explain the political and environmental conflict surrounding diamond mining in the north
  • Describe how media influences public perspectives
  • Explain the role of Aboriginal women in the advancement of Aboriginal rights in Canada
  • Describe the treaty negotiations process in British Columbia
  • Describe the affect European cultures has had on local culture
  • Discuss current issues and events from a First Nations perspective
Course Goals:
  • Through essays, papers, oral debate and class discussion, the student will demonstrate understanding of the politics and policies used by the Federal Government prior to 1999, when dealing with First Nations groups. Emphasis will be placed on demonstration of growth of understanding as it relates to the responsibility for all people to work to change policies and procedures to improve the lives of First Nations groups.
  • Through written work, oral debate and class discussion, students will compare and contrast various political and public perspectives that have affected First Nations groups culturally, economically, and spiritually. The goal is to create a positive approach to dealing with these perspectives, both external and internal, such that the students are equipped to more effectively communicate and resolve personal and community issues.
Skills:
  • Students will be expected to write and speak to the Grade 12 level to achieve success in this course.
Passing Grade: D (50%)

Text Books: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current books lists.
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