Fall 2022 - INDG 433 D100

Indigenous Environmental Justice and Activism (4)

Class Number: 4559

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Eldon Yellowhorn
    1 778 782-6669
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Examines contemporary writings regarding Indigenous environmental logic and environmental concerns of contemporary times. Studies effects of resource extraction upon Indigenous nations, globalization, genetic modifications, health, intellectual property, spiritual beliefs, culture and society, art and language and compares these with specific Indigenous logic at the time of contact. Students with credit for FNST 433 may not take this course for further credit.


Students will gain knowledge of Indigenous peoples' struggle for environmental justice in a nation with a history of ecological imperialism and environmental racism and confront the modern environmental catastrophes that threaten their lives and communities.  They will learn about the meaning of activism in the various environments that concern Indigenous people including urban, rural, local, and global environments.  They will learn about the myth and history of the ecological Indian and discuss its modern incarnations in popular culture.  In-class discussions will revolve around the impact of technology in altering cultural landscapes that hold sacred meaning in the ritual lives of Indigenous people.  Using guest speakers, lectures, reading, semi-structured discussions and community contacts students will explore the spiritual and intellectual conditions leading to environmental activism.  Assignments and exams will build on the materials and ideas introduced in class discussions and readings. 


  • Book Review Written Submission 25%
  • Book Review In-class discussion 10%
  • Midterm exam 20%
  • Research Essay 25%
  • Poster Presentation 10%
  • Field Trips & Participation 10%



Rutherford, Stephanie (2022) Villain, Vermin, Icon, Kin: Wolves and the making of Canada. McGill-Queen's University Press, 239pp. 


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