Fall 2023 - INDG 401 D100

Indigenous Peoples and Public Policy (3)

Class Number: 4397

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Eldon Yellowhorn
    1 778 782-6669
  • Prerequisites:

    INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W. Recommended: POL 221.



An examination of Indigenous peoples' perspectives on political, social and legal issues involving their rights as first citizens of Canada and North America, and the practical and political relations with various levels of government. Issues examined include: Indigenous rights and title, self government models and concepts, constitutional matters, the impact of federal government policies, including their impact on women's lives, and Indigenous communities and politics. Students with credit for FNST 401 may not take this course for further credit.


Indigenous peoples have unique connections to the political, social, and legal structures of modern Canada. Although the root of their involvement extends to the years prior to confederation, the post-1967 era marks a different phase. Topics such as Aboriginal rights, land claims and government relations will be the basis for examing the status quo for Indigenous people in Canada. Students will learn about the federal institutions, for example, the constitution, the Supreme Court, and parliament, and their role in protecting or constraining Indigenous people. Course material will examine the role of provincial policies in accommodating First Nations governments or limiting their ability to govern. It will address the late appearance of municipal governments as players in land claims and the on-going struggle to reclaim control of community governance. Classroom discussions will focus on the practical and political realm where First Nations intersect with federal, provincial, and municipal governments.


  • Book Review Written 30%
  • Book Review Oral 10%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Term Report 30%
  • Class Presentation 10%



Indigenous Resurgence in an Age of Reconciliation. 2023. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, Aimée Craft and Hōkūlani K. Aikau (Editors). University of Toronto Press, Toronto. 280pp. ISBN: 9781487544607


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