Summer 2023 - INDG 201W OL01

Indigenous Peoples' Perspectives on History (3)

Class Number: 3717

Delivery Method: Online


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An examination of fact and ideology in history and historic events involving contact between Indigenous and European peoples. The course will also address questions of research methodologies in studying Indigenous/European relations, such as the evaluation of oral history and written ethnohistoric sources. An additional focus will be on gender as it influences perspectives. Students with credit for FNST 201W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.


  • Develop and value the perspectives that come with one’s position.
  • Develop the skills of close reading in order to assess a wide variety of sources and genres from autobiography, fiction—including graphic novels, documentary film, journalism, and academic writing.
  • Develop research skills to add context to readings, in order to assess how effectively a source includes or values Indigenous perspectives.
  • Write analysis effectively and persuasively.
  • Assess how historical writing, while presented as objective and scientific, has also been driven by political motivations and culturally and socially based assumptions.
  • Critically understand the concept of historiography and how historians present and analyze information about events and processes of the past, in particular as it is relevant for understanding the writing of Indigenous peoples' history.
  • Be able to assess a spectrum of sources by Indigenous peoples from oral traditions, interviews, films to written sources in a variety of genres.
  • Appreciate the culture-specific ways in which Indigenous elders talk(ed) about their pasts and tell their histories and stories.
  • Understand and critically assess current concerns of Indigenous peoples in Canada about having their own representations of their pasts validated by the Canadian political and legal system.


  • Participation 15%
  • Written Responses (x 3 @ 15% each) 45%
  • Research Essay Proposal 10%
  • Research Essay 30%



All recorded lectures, required readings, and links to various resources are available on-line through Canvas.


Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. (Third edition, 2021) *available online through the SFU Library*
ISBN: 9781786998132


Younging, Gregory. Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing by and about Indigenous Peoples. (2018) available online through the SFU Library


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