Spring 2022 - HIST 424 D100

Problems in the Cultural History of Canada (4)

Indigenous-Newcomer Relations

Class Number: 5001

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 101, 102W.



Selected problems in Canadian ideas and attitudes on such topics as the arts, religion, education, minority and native cultures, nationalism, and Canadian historiography. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 424 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught.


Indigenous-Newcomer Relations

Canadian history has been, and continues to be, profoundly shaped by the changing relationships between Indigenous peoples and newcomers to the land that is today known as Canada. Contact made between Europeans and the native inhabitants of this land in the early modern period can be seen as less an event than the beginning of an ongoing process of cultural encounter. The native/newcomer dynamic has demonstrated a powerful resiliency in framing understandings of the Canadian nation state despite cultural mixing, intermarriage, the emergence of new peoples and identities like the Métis, assimilation programs, and other phenomena that challenge the explanatory utility of this dichotomy. Through discussion of readings on various seminar topics, we will explore the multi-faceted contours of Indigenous-newcomer relationships. Along the way we will also think about how historical writing about Indigenous-newcomer relations continues to itself change over time.


The course requirements of History 424 will help you achieve the educational goals of undergraduate courses in the Department of History. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand broad patterns and diversities of Indigenous and settler experiences in Canada;
  • Attain a deep, discerning appreciation of the complexities and dynamics of encounter and change in a colonial environment;
  • Engage with and critique complex historical evidence as well as diverse theoretical and ideological perspectives.


  • Seminar participation 25%
  • Introduction of a weekly reading 5%
  • Primary source analysis 25%
  • Prospectus 5%
  • Final paper 40%



Required readings will be made available on Canvas.

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