Fall 2023 - INDG 101 OL01

Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3)

Class Number: 7667

Delivery Method: Online


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Introduces the nature and goals of Indigenous Studies as an academic discipline that emphasizes cultures and homelands of First Peoples. Students with credit for FNST 101 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


To survey pre-contact, historic and current events relating to the First Peoples of Turtle Island and the impacts that contact/colonization had/have on First Peoples’ survivance and futurity. Students will consider Indigenous perspectives of family, languages and connections to the land, oral traditions, community identities, resilience, revitalization, along with their own roles and responsibilities in reconciliation. Students will deliberate on the impacts of laws and policy making on First Peoples’ lives and the actions that Indigenous Peoples continue to take to counter these detrimental forces toward ensuring their Nations’ and Territories' futures. Indigenous practices that center on the building of respectful relationships will be utilized throughout the semester towards providing an environment that is conducive to taking up, in meaningful ways, the work that needs to be done by all before reconciliation can begin.

*Course syllabus and outline follow the FNST 101 course designed by Drs. annie ross and Marianne Ignace.


Through honouring and engaging with Indigenous protocols and processes students will:

- practice two-eyed seeing in considering the relationships between First Peoples, their Lands, and ways and the ongoing effects of colonization
- come to understand their roles and responsibilities in reconciliation
- learn and engage with anti-colonial thinking, writing, speaking, acting
- engage with wholistic approaches to comprehend and mobilize one TRC call to action


  • Small group Code of Conduct (google doc activity) 10%
  • Thoughtful Thursday Discussion post (1x5%) 5%
  • Small group activities (in google docs, discussion boards, etc) (3x5%) 15%
  • Bi-weekly quizzes (5x10%) 50%
  • Term Paper (individual assignment) 20%


Because this is course is delivered online, a computer or laptop and a stable internet service across the entire semester is required. Quizzes, individual, and small group participation assignments occur asynchronously online with deadlines in place for all. 
Small groups will hold themselves and their group members accountable to deadlines in a good and supportive manner - resepectful collarations are central to Úcwalmicw knowledge systems.



All video recorded and narrated lecture slides, assigned readings, and videos are posted and accessible in the INDG 101OL Canvas shell.


Readings will be provided by the instructor and are available via SFU CANVAS, linked to on-line e-books.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.