HIST 209 - History of the First Nations of Canada

A survey of the history of the First Nations of Canada from the pre-contact period to the present.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15


HIST 103 Canada Beginning to 1867, 
OR letter of permission from the instructor

(ENGL 100 recommended)


Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- Aboriginal peoples in Canada before contact with Europeans
- Early contact with Vikings and explorers
- Aboriginal Peoples in the St Lawrence area
- The consequences of fur trade and missionaries on Huronia
- The AmerIndian wars during European struggle for dominance
- Changes in circumstance in the post-Conquest world
- Aboriginal peoples in Canada's North and West
- The events and consequences of the 1812 War
- Aboriginal peoples in the early nineteenth century
- Confederation and wardship for Native peoples in Canada
- The making and the effects of the Numbered Treaties
- The rebellions of 1885
- Government repression, the Indian Act, and Native attempts of resistance
- Developing the Canadian North
- Canadian courts and Aboriginal Rights

- The road to self government


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify major Aboriginal groups who lived in what we today call Canada, at the time before and after contact with Europeans
- Distinguish and describe cultural differences between different Aboriginal peoples
- Describe how the relationship between Native peoples and newcomers developed between contact and present
- Analyze how the experience of contact affected First Nations peoples
- Summarize and analyze the various strategies that Canadian governments have used in regards to Native peoples
- Identify key historiographical arguments in the field of First Nations peoples of Canada
- Analyze and summarize texts in First Nations history
- Construct an argument based on historiographical research
- Demonstrate an ability to express opinions using scholarly language

- Practice effective proofreading

- to provide students with an introduction to the political, cultural, social and economic history of the First Nations in Canada from Contact to the present
- to provide students with an introduction to some of the key issues in First Nations historiography during this period

- to help students develop the reading, research, writing and analytical skills required for the discipline of history

- an ability to voice individual opinions while still recognizing and respecting the opinions of others.

- an ability to discuss sensitive topics in a respectful manner

- identify arguments in historical texts
- analyze primary documents
- contrast and compare historical arguments in texts that
on similar topics but with different arguments

- write a research essay using academic language and structure

- students will need to learn how to download and upload documents using web-based technology


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 95


Percentage of Group Work: 5


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