Fall 2019 - FNST 201W D100

Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History (3)

Class Number: 3997

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Maddie Knickerbocker
    Office: SWH 9091
    Office Hours: Fridays 1:00pm-2:00pm or by appointment



An examination of fact and ideology in history and historic events involving contact between Aboriginal and European peoples. The course will also address questions of research methodologies in studying Aboriginal/European relations, such as the evaluation of oral history and written ethnohistoric sources. An additional focus will be on gender as it influences perspectives. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.


  • Participation 20%
  • Compare and Contrast Essay 20%
  • Research Paper 30%
  • Take Home Exam 30%



Campbell, Maria. Halfbreed.
ISBN: 9780887801167

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples.
ISBN: 9781848139503

Younging, Gergory. Elements of Indigenous Style.
ISBN: 9781550597165

Plus additional readings on Canvas or through the SFU Library

Department Undergraduate Notes:

  1. Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability. 
  2. Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.
  3. Remember to check the Student Information System (SIS) at the start of the term to reconfirm your classroom location(s).
  4. All students are expected to read and understand SFU policies with regard to academic honesty and student conduct (S10).
    These policies are available at: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html

Department of First Nations Studies- Contact Info:
Webpage: www.sfu.ca/fnst
Phone: 778-782-4774
General Office: Saywell Hall (SWH) Room 9089. Burnaby Campus. (M-F, 09:00-16:30 Hrs.)
Academic Advisor's Office: SWH 9081.

For general information, program information, academic advising (appointment or program check-up; enrollment assistance*): Please email fnstmgr@sfu.ca.

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Registrar Notes:

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