The course content will be presented through lectures. Videos and slides will play a role in class instruction. Guest lecturers and class discussion groups may also be employed.
a) Indians (First Nations), Inuit, and Métis-introduction to Native Studies
b) Anthropological concepts and approaches to the study of Native cultures
c) Aboriginal languages in Canada
2. The Earliest Evidence
a) Debate over timing and routes of initial arrival
b) The Paleoindians in Canada
3. The Atlantic Coast
5. The Algonkians of the Eastern Woodlands and Subarctic
7. Western Subarctic-the Athapaskans
8. The Inuit of the Canadian Arctic
9. The Métis
10. Historic Native Administration in Canada
a) The Indian Act
c) Allocation of reserves
11. Selected Contemporary Issues
a) Land claims and treaty grievances
b) Self-government and the constitution
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Identify the major aboriginal languages of Canada, their distribution and relationships.
- Describe how the various sub-fields of anthropology can contribute to our knowledge of native cultures, assessing the strengths and limitations of each approach.
- Discuss the traditional cultural patterns, such as economy, housing and social organization, in each of the major geographic regions of Canada.
- Assess the impact on native cultures of the various stages of Euro-Canadian settlement and colonization.
- Discuss federal policies of administering Indians, such as the Indian Act, treaties and reserves, and how these continue to affect Canadian First Nations.
- Identify the major differences in government policy toward different aboriginal groups (status Indian, non-status Indian, Inuit, Métis) in Canada.
- Discuss the modern movement toward aboriginal self-government in Canada.
The evaluation will be based on course objectives and carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.
An example of an evaluation scheme would be:
|First mid-term exam||20%|
|Second mid-term exam||20%|
|Library research paper||30%|
|Attendance & participation||5%|
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
Texts will be updated periodically. A typical example would be:
McMillan, Alan D., (1995) Native Peoples and Cultures of Canada, (2nd ed.). Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre