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FNST 100 - Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
Course Detail

Course Code:
  FNST 100

Credits:  3

Calendar Description:

This course is intended to provide an introductory survey of the traditional cultures, languages, and origins of First Nations peoples in Canada. Topics include the diversity and significance of traditional Aboriginal kinship and political structures, as well as the enduring economic, spiritual, and social connections between Aboriginal peoples and the land. Examples will be drawn from British Columbia through examination of traditional knowledge, patterns of subsistence and artistic representation.

Date First Offered:  September 2004

  • Total Hours: 45
  • Lecture Hours: 45
Total Weeks:  15

This course is offered online: Yes
Depending on semester schedules, this course may be available online. Please consult the Academic Timetables.

Pre-Requisites:  None

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:  None

Co-Requisites:  None

Course Content:

  • Cultural comparison between different First Nation groups in Canada
  • History of contact and colonization
  • History of the reserve system
  • History of the Indian Act and how it has affected band politics and gender relations
  • Residential schools
  • Land treaties
  • The Metis and the Scrip
  • Profile of social attributes
  • Native people and the Canadian Justice System
  • Aboriginal people in urban centres
  • Self-Determination and Self-government
  • The Inuit in the 21st century
  • Aboriginal organizations in Canada
  • Aboriginal economic development
Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand and recognize the diversity of Aboriginal cultures in Canada
  • Be able to identify cultural and linguistic areas across Canada
  • Be able to identify and describe how specific values are manifested in the relationships of Aboriginal persons
  • Develop understanding of the pre-history of First Nations in Canada, including archaeological information, and the significance of oral history
  • Develop familiarity and respect for First Nations’ perspectives and intimate relationship between land and resources
  • Develop an appreciation for First Nation traditional knowledge and cultural expression in British Columbia
  • Recognize and understand the unique relationship between First Nations and the Government of Canada Develop understanding of the impact of contact between First Nation and European cultures
  • Develop familiarity of contemporary First Nation issues
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of industrial development in First Nation communities
  • Basic anthropological, cultural, sociological, and political concepts related to Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
  • An appreciation for Aboriginal perspectives and history.
  • Critical analysis
  • Presentation methods
  • Research methodology
  • Writing.
Grading System:  Letters

Passing Grade:  D (50%)

Course Offered in Other Programs:  Yes

Other Programs:
  • Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts
  • Associate of Arts Degree
  • Associate of Arts Degree - Criminology Specialization
  • Humanities
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