Fall 2021 - INDG 401 OL01

Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy (3)

Class Number: 4024

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Oct 28, 2021
    Thu, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Natahnee Winder
    Office: SWH 9079
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    INDG (or FNST) 101 and 201W. Recommended: POL 221.



An examination of First Nations and Aboriginal peoples' perspectives on political, social and legal issues involving their rights as first citizens of Canada and North America, and the practical and political relations with various levels of government. Issues examined include: Aboriginal rights and title questions, self government models and concepts, constitutional matters, the impact of federal government policies, including their impact on women's lives, and Aboriginal community and First Nations politics. Students with credit for FNST 401 may not take this course for further credit


  • Positionality Paper & Indigenous Policy Glossary 15%
  • Current Events Paper 20%
  • Critical Book Review 25%
  • Indigenous Policy Paper & Policy Information Brochure 40%



Academic Honestly Policy

All assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade to be assigned. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Department of Indigenous Studies adheres to SFU policy related to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T20.01) and academic honesty and student conduct (S10.01 and S10.05). It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of these policies available on the SFU website:





Coulthard, et al. Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition / Glen Sean Coulthard; Foreword by Taiaiake Alfred. Project MUSE, 2014.

ISBN: 9780816679652

Dickason, O. P., & Newbigging, W. (2019). Indigenous peoples within Canada: a concise history / Olive Patricia Dickason, William Newbigging. (Fourth edition.). Oxford University Press.

Print ISBN: 9780199028481

eText ISBN: 9780199028511

ISBN: 9780199028481

Additional Readings available via SFU Canvas and SFU Library Reserve

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.