Summer 2023 - INDG 305 OL01

Treaties in Canada (1)

Class Number: 3718

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Instructor:

    Sandie Dielissen
    Office Hours: Office hours by zoom. Please contact me for an appointment.



Introduces students to the historical and contemporary contexts of treaty relations between settlers and the First Peoples of Turtle Island. Provides critical insight into the various treaties within Canada; treaty negotiations, including Indigenous oral histories; Indigenous resistance to treaty infringements; and other important legislation impacting treaty rights.


This course introduces students to First Peoples' perspectives on treaty-making, treaty interpretation, and treaty rights.  By focusing on the history of treaty relations between settlers and the First Peoples of Turtle Island, this course provides students with critical insight into contemporary relationships and political contexts in Canada.  Students will learn about the pre-confederation treaties, the Numbered treaties, as well as the modern treaty process. 

This course contains a mixture of recorded lectures, assigned readings and videos, as well as evaluative activities, quizzes and midterms.


Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of treaty negotiations and Indigenous oral histories of treaties.
- Critically analyze the relationship between land claims, colonial law, and treaty-making, as well as Indigenous resistance to treaty infringements
- Show comprehension of important legislation impacting First Peoples treaty rights


  • Weekly quizzes (10 x 5) 50%
  • Mid-term Exams (2 x 25) 50%


These quizzes will test students on the lecture materials and, in some cases, provide further context or historical details by including supporting reading material.  Students have 3 attempts to take the quiz and their highest grade will be recorded. 

Midterms will consist of 45 questions each and can be attempted only once.  Questions include multiple choice, true/false, matching, and fill in the blank quesitons.  Midterms will cover lecture materials and course content.  Supplementary materials provided on the canvas page will not be tested on.



 Desktop computer, laptop, or tablet with access to the internet
- SFU account info and self-enrollment in our course on Canvas
- Word processing app (e.g. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Pages) and PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe, Preview, or Chrome)


Government of Canada. The Indian Act, 1876. S.C. 1876, c. 18. 

Palmater, Pamela. "My Tribe, My Heirs and Their Heirs Forever: Living Mi'kmaw Treaties." Living Treaties: Narrating Mi'kmaw Treaty Relations, edited by Marie Battiste, Cape Breton University Press, 2018.

Simpson, Leanne. "Looking After Gdoo-Naaganinaa: Precolonial Nishnaabeg Diplomatic and Treaty Relationships." Wicazo Sa Review, vol. 23, no. 2, 2008, pp. 29-42. 

All readings available on Canvas. 


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