Spring 2022 - INDG 402W E100

Discourses of Indigenous Peoples (3)

Class Number: 5960

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    HCC 1510, Vancouver

  • Instructor:

    June Scudeler
    Office: TBA
    Office Hours: Thursday 3:30-4:30
  • Prerequisites:

    60 units and one of INDG (or FNST) 101 or INDG (or FNST) 201W.



Style and content of Indigenous people's discourse about their culture, world view, history and matters affecting their lives. Includes the analysis of selections from Indigenous oral literature, autobiography, expository writing, modern poetry and fiction. Students with credit for INDG (or FNST) 402 or FNST 402W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


While settler society has historically positioned Indigenous people as savage and impeding “progress,” Indigenous people use expressive cultures to assert self-determination and ways of knowing. We will analyze Indigenous contemporary Indigenous film, literature, and performance to understand how Indigenous people are centring themselves through gender and sexuality, urban and rez spaces, and in unexpected and path-clearing ways.



Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Indigenous literary nationalism
  • Critically evaluate how Indigenous creators counteract discourses of Indigenous deficiency
  • Improve their written, oral, communication skills by communicating their analyses of how Indigenous peoples create their own narratives
  • Find sources and conduct research on Indigenous literatures, performance, film and ways of knowing


  • Participation 15%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Paper Proposal (3 pages) 15%
  • Talking Stick Review 4 pages 20%
  • Research paper 8-10 pages 30%


Course texts will be available at the SFU Bookstore but you can also order through Indigenous bookstores https://www.massybooks.com/ and https://irondogbooks.com/



Dimaline, Cherie. Empire of Wild
ISBN: 9780735277182

Morgan, Jas. nîtisânak
ISBN: 978-0-9940471-7-5

Pico, Tommy. Nature Poem 
ISBN: 978-1-941040-63-8

Whitehead, Joshua, ed. Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction 9781551528113

ISBN: 9781551527253

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. Certain Dark Things 9781250785589

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