Fall 2019 - FNST 353W D100

First Nations Heritage Stewardship (3)

Class Number: 9070

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Instructor:

    Eldon Yellowhorn
    1 778 782-6669
    Office: SWH 9083
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units or permission of the instructor.



Examines issues that arise when Aboriginal people must balance economic development and cultural integrity. Topics include self-reflexive internalist research, ethics and best practices in representing Indigenous heritage, public laws and land claim agreements affecting heritage, the exhumation and repatriation of human remains and religious freedom and access to sacred sites and objects. Students who have taken FNST 322 previously under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


FNST 353W First Nations Heritage Stewardship introduces student to the issues that first nations encounter as they assert their right to manage their heritage within a colonial reality. Course content examines the tenets of internalist archaeology as a conceptual framework for imagining the past in the aboriginal world. Topics to be covered include aboriginal thought on archaeological methods and theory, the exhumation, public display and repatriation of human remains and sacred objects, and archaeology in the context of land claims. First nations heritage stewardship stands at the focal point of competing interests that include public media and private landowners, various levels of government, developers and industry. Aboriginal people define their rights through the courts and attempt to exert influence on policy and practice by negotiating agreements with government over customary lands or joint management arrangements. Outside these venues, Indian bands advocate rescuing cultural property and human remains that were taken from them in earlier years. They rely on public opinion and positive media representation to advance their causes. Moreover, there is an evolving bundle of legislation that compels public institutions to co-operate with them and accept claims from museum and public institutions.


  • Reading Reviews (4x15%) 60%
  • Midterm Exam 10%
  • Oral Report 10%
  • Research Report 20%

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.

* Students: When submitting a request or an inquiry, please email from your SFU Mail (@sfu.ca) email and remember to include your SFU Student ID number in your email. Thank you.

Registrar Notes:

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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html