Spring 2020 - FNST 332 D100

Ethnobotany of British Columbia First Nations (3)

Class Number: 4318

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Robert Bandringa
    Office: SWH 9095
    Office Hours: Fridays, 10am-12pm and 2:00pm-2:20pm
  • Prerequisites:

    FNST 101.



This course is an introduction to the study of plant knowledge and use by First Nations peoples in British Columbia. It provides students with information about the role of plants in First Nations' cultures including such areas as foods, medicines, technology, ceremony, ecological indicators, and within First Nations' knowledge and classification systems. Special focus may be placed on the ethnobotany of one or more Aboriginal groups or culture areas. Breadth-Science.


  • Prepared plant collection 25%
  • Assignments and quizzes 20%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Research paper 20%
  • Attendance and participation (in classroom and field activities) 10%



A fee of $4.00 is needed to pay for specimen mounting paper and folder. For students who desire a plant press on a temporary loan basis, a refundable deposit of $40.00 is required. These fees will be collected on the second day of class (January 17, 2019).  

Class fieldtrips may also require fees/concession – this will be announced as fieldtrips are confirmed.


Plants of Coastal British Columbia by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon (Eds.). 2004. Lone Pine Publishing  
ISBN: ISBN: 9781772130096

Beyond the required text, all reading and discussion materials related to the course will be made available through SFU CANVAS

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:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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