Spring 2020 - FNST 403 D100

Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World (3)

Class Number: 4755

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Eldon Yellowhorn
    1 778 782-6669
    Office: SWH 9083
    Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30PM
  • Prerequisites:

    FNST 101 or FNST 201W.



This course explores the subject of traditional Indigenous knowledge and its contemporary implications for First Nations programs in such areas as economic development, ecotourism, spiritualism, language retention, biodiversity, ethnoscience, environmentalism, and heritage conservation. First Nations perspectives on patents, copyrights, and other creative products from traditional culture will also be examined through lecture, guest speakers and seminar presentation.


Students in this course will explore in detail the subject of indigenous traditional knowledge and it contemporary manifestations. Discussions and lectures in this seminar will focus on the knowledge systems of Aboriginal people that the challenges they encounter in modern times. Class discussions will address current affairs concerning the role of indigenous knowledge in the dialogue between local and global communities. The format will combine formal lectures by the instructor to introduce current research into indigenous knowledge and the trends that influence its evolution. Students in this course will be expected to participate in class discussions.


  • Exercises:(3 assignments @ 10% each) 30%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Research Report 20%
  • Research Presentation 10%
  • Book Review Seminar 10%
  • Book Review 10%



Julie Cruikshank (2006) Do Glaciers Listen? Local knowledge, colonial encounters, and social imagination. UBC Press.
ISBN: 978077481173

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