Spring 2018 - HIST 326 D100

History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4)

Class Number: 3304

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



Examines selected themes in the history of Aboriginal peoples of North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students with credit for FNST 326 may not take this course for further credit.


This course examines Indigenous histories of Canada and the United States in the period since 1850. It is a wide-ranging course which covers major themes in Indigenous-settler relations while keeping the focus on Indigenous peoples themselves. We will see how Indigenous peoples resisted, adapted to, and refused settler colonialism, examining instances of violent conflict and passionate activism, of strategic diplomacy and selective adaptation, and of persistent maintenance of historic practices and knowledges regardless of settler colonial impositions. While surveying the trends in Indigenous historical experience, we will also analyze the points of divergence. Specifically, we will study how class, status, gender, and sexuality produced differences within Indigenous communities. In discussing all of this, we will also make note of how these histories continue to have repercussions for Indigenous peoples in the present.


Learning Goal #1: You will emerge from this course being able to point to both changes and continuities in Indigenous histories and identities since 1850, and to discuss how this past relates to contemporary Indigenous issues today.
Learning Goal #2: You will cultivate an awareness of the diversity of Indigenous experiences throughout Canada and the US, and in particular, be able to speak to how Indigenous peoples living on either side of the border were affected by differences in Canadian and US settler policies.
Learning Goal #3: You will progress as a researcher and a writer, and in particular, you will develop your capacity to share academic knowledge and arguments with a more general public audience.


  • Participation 20%
  • Biographical Presentation 20%
  • Compare/Contrast Essay 25%
  • Final Research Project 35%



Calloway, Colin. First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History. Boston and New York: Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2008.

Smith, Keith D. Strange Visitors: Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

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