Spring 2022 - REM 207 D100

Indigenous Peoples and Resource Management (3)

Class Number: 5697

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SSCC 9000, Burnaby



Explores a variety of Indigenous perspectives on resource, land and water management in British Columbia. Students are encouraged to critically analyze contemporary resource management/relationship issues (ie. energy, fisheries, forestry) from reconciliation-informed perspectives. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Course Objective:
This course provides a variety of Indigenous perspectives, priorities, and complications with respect to resource, land, and water management in British Columbia. We begin with an introduction to diverse Indigenous worldviews, values, and principles, especially as they relate to the lands and waters of Indigenous nations. We will then seek to understand the complexities of resource management within the contexts of settler colonialism, neoliberal capitalism, and environmental activism. Students will gain some insight into these complex issues with an emphasis on Indigenous self-determination. This course will include an examination of several case studies, primarily from British Columbia. Students will be encouraged to critically analyze contemporary resource management/relationship issues from anti-colonial/reconciliation-informed perspectives.

Course format: Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute tutorial each week.


By the end of the course students will have gained:

  1. An introduction to diverse Indigenous approaches to resource and environmental management in BC.
  2. A basic understanding of settler-colonialism and capitalism in Canada and their impacts on Indigenous governance and resource management.
  3. Critical thinking skills with respect to Indigenous-state-corporate-NGO relations in Canada.
  4. A foundation for additional learning on Indigenous resource management issues.


  • Participation 20%
  • Short Written Assignments 25%
  • Mid-term Exam 20%
  • Final Research Paper 35%



Required Readings and other resources – films, podcasts, etc. - will be available online (Canvas), or through the library.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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).

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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 spring 2022 term.