ANTH 203 - Contemporary Canadian Native Peoples

An introduction to the diversity and complexity of various “life situations” of contemporary Canadian native peoples. The focus is on cultural survival, land claims, constitutional issues, self government, and socio-economic development. The implications of relations between indigenous minorities and the nation state will be explored.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15


First year course in Anthropology or Sociology,

OR consent of instructor.


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:

Introduction to the Course
Part One: Origins and Oral Traditions
- Oral Traditions
- The Peopling of Americas
- Early Periods of Native History
- Contemporary Period: Indian and White Relations
- Connections to the Land
- Native Languages
Part Two: Culture Areas: Social and Political Organizations, Pre-Contact and Post-Contact History
- The Arctic: The Palaeo-Eskimo, Dorset, Thule, Inuit
- The Eastern Woodlands: The Algonquians, The Iroquoians
- The Eastern Subarctic: The Cree, The Innu, The Atikamekw
- The Western Subarctic: The Chipewyan, The Yellowknife, The Dogrib
- The Plains: The Plain Nations, the Formation of Métis Nation
- The Plateau
- The Northwest Coast
Part Three: Legal Definitions
- The Royal Proclamation and the Indian Act
- Indian Treaties: Friendship Treaties, Land Surrender Treaties
- Aboriginal Title, Land Claims (missed treaties), Unsurrender Rights and Modern Treaties
- The Golden Lake Algonquin and Algonquin Park
- Fighting for Recognition: The Sheshatshit Innu and the Megaprojects
- The James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement
Part Four: Effects of Colonialism - Profile of Aboriginals: Aboriginals Identity and Social Issues
- Religious Colonialism
- Native Health Issues
- Colonialism, Native Education, and “Child Welfare”
Part Five: Contemporary Debates and Social Action
- Social Issues: The Dudley George Story
- Fighting for the Sacred Waters
- Native Policing
- The Justice System and Natives
- Native Governance: Aboriginal Organizations, Self-Determination, and Self-Governance
- Undoing the Past: Aboriginals Economical Development , Taking Over the Schools, Taking Back the Children
- Conclusion


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
- Identify the processes associated with the development of relationships between Canadian Indigenous peoples and the European settlers and conquers
- Analyze Native peoples' experiences of and responses to Colonial oppression in Canada.
- Reflect on contemporary conflicts between the indigenous peoples and the state
- Comment on the subjects of land claims and Aboriginals’ self- government
- Examine Indigenous peoples’ cultural survival

- Discuss Indigenous peoples’ issues with regard to their education, socio-economic development, health care, and justice systems


Grading System: Letters, Percentage


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.