Fall 2023 - INDG 419 D100

Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3)

Class Number: 4399

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

    Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W, or CRIM 101, or permission of the instructor.



An in-depth examination of Aboriginal/Indigenous conceptions of justice in dealing with crime and other trouble in Indigenous communities, and in relations among peoples. Students with credit for CRIM 416, CRIM 418, CRIM 419, or FNST 419 may not take this course for further credit.


“Justice” in the eyes of Indigenous Peoples is all about relationships, and hence the focus of this course is on the changing nature of the relationship between Indigenous and settler peoples in Canada, and on the management of relations – and trouble -- within Indigenous communities. There are three parts to the course. The first part involves a brief tour through 500 years of post-contact experience and the shifting relations and different policies of those times, both to understand current problems, and to consider possible futures. The second part examines the efforts of Indigenous communities to establish Indigenous nation-based justice systems within their communities. Finally, a third section considers some of the various venues/means through which Indigenous Peoples in Canada and elsewhere have sought justice in their relations with non-Indigenous peoples, including (a) the courts; (b) political negotiation; (c) protest and other direct action; (d) governance initiatives; and (e) international fora such as the United Nations.


  • Preparation / Participation 25%
  • Assignments (3 x 25% each) - The first is take-home due during the semester, while the second and third are due at the end of the semester. 75%


• Enrollment is prioritized and some seats are reserved for INDG program-declared and affiliated plan students. Non-INDG/Affiliated plan students may contact Department Advisor at indgmgr@sfu.ca for Manual Waitlist Placement.
• Completion of all course work required to receive a grade for the course
• Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.
• Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities at 778-782-3112 or csdo@sfu.ca.
• All students are expected to read and understand SFU policies with regard to academic honesty and student conduct (S10). These policies are available at: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.



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.