HIST 210: An Indigenous History of Canada; re-imagining Canada’s history from a documented indigenous perspective, the course covers the period from before European contact to the present. Following an examination of the pre-contact indigenous world, the course examines how indigenous nations, communities, and families responded to, and were affected by, the devastating impact of European settler colonialism from the 16th century on. Students will examine the effects of colonialism including warfare and alliances, appropriation of indigenous lands, forced assimilation through the Indian Act and residential schooling, and indigenous resistance and adaptation to these changes up to the present. The broad negative effects of colonialism will be examined through the documented experiences of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people. Students will consider the process of reconciliation in the last part of the course.
Prerequisites: ENGL 12 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.