Summer 2019 - FNST 201W D100

Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History (3)

Class Number: 5840

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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



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.


  • Attendance and Participation 10%
  • 2 Critical Reading worksheets (submit 2 of a possible 3) 20%
  • Compare and Contrast essay (4 pages) 20%
  • Research Paper (analyzing primary sources; 6-8 pages; includes submission of a paper proposal prior to writing the paper) 30%
  • Take-home final exam 20%



Campbell, Maria.  Halfbreed, 1973; Goodread biography, 1983.
ISBN: 978-0887801167

Younging, Gregory. Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing by and about . Indigenous Peoples. 2018
ISBN: 978-1-55059-716-5

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai.  Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, 2012.
ISBN: 9781848139503

Additional readings on Canvas and on reserve.

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
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  4. All students are expected to read and understand SFU policies with regard to academic honesty and student conduct (S10).
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Department of First Nations Studies- Contact Info:
Phone: 778-782-4774
General Office: Saywell Hall (SWH) Room 9091. Burnaby Campus. (M-F, 09:00-16:30 Hrs.)
Academic Advisor's Office: SWH 9081.

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