Spring 2023 - INDG 286 B100

Indigenous Peoples and British Columbia: An Introduction (3)

Class Number: 5442

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Recommended: INDG 101.



Study of Indigenous peoples of BC and effects of historical and political processes on their livelihoods and homelands. Overview of indigeneity and connection to urbanization. Examines linguistic diversity and endangered state of BC First Nations languages; Indigenous ethnography; land rights movement; traditional cultural practices/beliefs; and social, educational and economic disparity. Students with credit for FNST 286 or SA 286 may not take this course for further credit.


Delivered through a Tákem Nsnekwnúkw7a* pedagogy, this course will be an engagement with First Peoples’ approaches to being in harmony with *all my relations as the motivating factor behind knowledge seeking processes. We will come to know of the rich diversity of Nations in what is now known as British Columbia, through considering First Peoples’ relationships with their lands and helper beings, their protocols and responsibilities. We will do so in a manner that mitigates the ‘power of culture’ that tends to motivate investigations like these by focusing our attention on the processes, protocols, and intentions of Indigenous pedagogies namely; story, reciprocity, and respectful relationship building, among others. Utilizing an Indigenist paradigm, we will learn together through interpreting, comparing, contrasting and making connections in our surveys of seminal reports, current research, stories, and ethnographic resources.


Students will:
- decolonize their persepectives of maps and map making
- come to know the Lands commonly known as "BC" through the lenses of First Peoples' values, protocols, and processes
- engage with local Indigenous Knowledges to expand understandings of what it means to be in relation to First Peoples and First Peoples' homelands and Helper Beings in respectful, responsible, and reciprocating ways
- understand and practice positioning themselves on Indigenous homelands


  • Decolonizing Maps of "BC" (Small group Assignment & presentation) 20%
  • Being on the Land Activity 5%
  • 4 Canvas Administered Quizzes (x 10% each) 40%
  • Indigenist Autoethnography Sharing Circle 5%
  • Indigenist Autoethnography Term Paper 30%


By enrolling in this course, you are confirming that you have the technology, space, and access to stable internet required to access in Canvas narrated lecture slides, assigned readings, quizzes, and small group collaborations via google docs, etc. We meet in person on Thursdays (10:30-12:20) and the remaining hour of class time is used for asynchronous review of lectures and assigned videos (to be done prior to the on campus class).




All readings will be provided by the instructor and are available via SFU CANVAS, on-line e-books, on reserve in the library, or in-class.
Narrated lectures and other course materials will also be supplied in Canvas as needed.
Please have a gmail email account prior to the first class to facilitate your engagment in small group collaborations.


Please see weekly modules in Canvas to access lecture materials, assigned readings, and videos to be completed prior to the weekly on campus class.


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:


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