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Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions....
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Suggested: 12 weeks, 3-5 hours a week.

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Worldview

In this introductory module, students learn the significance of stories and storytelling in Indigenous societies. We explore history that comes from Indigenous worldviews, this includes worldviews from the Inuit, Nehiyawak, Kanien:keha’ka and Tlingit peoples....
Reading
4 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Storytelling10m
Indigenous Worldviews16m
Reuben Quinn11m
Reading2 readings
Worldview Course Notes10m
Interactive Painting: A Tribute to Aboriginal Women10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz10m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Fur Trade

This module discusses pre-contact trading systems between Indigenous peoples of North America with a focus on the geographical region of Canada. We examine the chronological events of contact with Europeans and the events leading up to, and during the fur trade. This module also explores the long lasting social, political and economic ramifications of the fur trade on Indigenous peoples....
Reading
5 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Colonization12m
The Fur Trade Part 127m
The Fur Trade Part 215m
Frank Tough13m
Reading2 readings
Fur Trade Course Notes10m
Interactive Painting: Education10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz28m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Trick or Treaty

Examines Indigenous and settler perspectives of treaty making. Discusses the variation of treaties in Canada and the unique circumstances surrounding these events. Outlines the temporal and geographical history of the numbered treaties (beginning on the east) and ends with a discussion of the historical events and policies leading up to Métis scrip....
Reading
5 videos (Total 65 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Numbered Treaties Part 112m
Numbered Treaties Part 28m
Numbered Treaties Part 36m
The Métis Nation19m
Reading2 readings
Trick or Treaty Course Notes10m
Interactive Painting: Governance10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz40m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

New Rules, New Game

This lesson begins with a discussion about what is distinctive in Indigenous legal traditions. Explores impacts of policies put in place as British North America attempted to solidify itself geographically and socially. Examines the ways in which the Indian Act contributed to assimilation....
Reading
3 videos (Total 44 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Outside Influences Part 114m
Outside Influences Part 212m
Reading2 readings
New Rules, New Game Course Notes10m
Interactive Painting: Governance10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz24m
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Top Reviews

By YHSep 25th 2017

This course was eye-opening and an essential learning experience for my work with First Nations children and their families. I have and will continue to recommend this course to my colleagues.

By FPApr 29th 2018

This class is a MUST. You will end up with a clear understanding of the First Nations peoples culture and challenges. Only then will one be able to make an informed decision on the matter.

Instructors

Dr. Tracy Bear

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Native Studies & Dept. of Women's and Gender Studies

Dr. Paul Gareau

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Native Studies

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