Spring 2023 - INDG 353W D100

Indigenous Heritage Stewardship (3)

Class Number: 5444

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units or permission of the instructor.



Examines issues that arise when Aboriginal people must balance economic development and cultural integrity. Topics include self-reflexive internalist research, ethics and best practices in representing Indigenous heritage, public laws and land claim agreements affecting heritage, the exhumation and repatriation of human remains and religious freedom and access to sacred sites and objects. Students who have taken INDG (or FNST) 322 previously under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FNST 353W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


This course explores topics in Indigenous cultural heritage preservation and stewardship in an age where digital and new media technologies are ubiquitous. This course will address the relationship between tangible and intangible heritage; look at the social, cultural, and economic harms caused by inappropriate or unwelcome use of Indigenous heritage; and examine various strategies to preserve, control, manage, and promote Indigenous cultural heritage. Topics include Canadian law, policy, and reform; Indigenous intellectual property regimes and the public domain; digitial cultural heritage; sovereignty and jurisdicition; and the complex and changing relationship between Indigenous communities and the galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs) that hold and/or display their cultural belongings.


  • Response Paper 20%
  • Seminar Presentation 15%
  • Paper Proposal 10%
  • Term Paper 40%
  • Class Participation 15%



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Registrar Notes:


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