Summer 2018 - HIST 101 D100

Canada to Confederation (3)

Class Number: 5939

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 11, 2018
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby



A survey of Canadian history to 1867. Breadth-Humanities.


This course is a broad introduction to themes and issues in the history of northern North America from the distant past up to the eve of Canadian Confederation in 1867. A central theme of the course is that the centuries of history that unraveled in the lead-up to Confederation were characterized by an extraordinary amount of violence and brutality, including gender violence, racial conflict, imperial wars, genocides, extinctions, and forced removal of populations. Students will therefore come into contact with primary and secondary sources that give shape to these events, with the goal of helping us better make sense of them by placing these violences in the context of settler-colonialism and related historical processes. We will also uncover how these seemingly distant events in the pre-Confederation era speak to, parallel, and even directly caused many of the conflicts and issues that weave through Canadian society to this day.


  • Tutorial participation. Weeks 1-7, 10%, Weeks 8-13, 10% 20%
  • Reading Responses – 300-500 words each (due most but not all weeks), asking students to reflect on the required readings for that week. 20%
  • Paper #1 – Encyclopedia assignment, where students will reflect on and critique the ways in which “objective” accounts of Canada’s pre-Confederation past are framed to shore up dominant ideologies in the present. Due around Week 5, exact date TBD 10%
  • Paper #2 – “Historiography” paper where students will have choice between questions, each of which will ask students to reflect on, compare, and contrast various themes, events, and sources from the course so far. Due around Week 9, exact date TBD 20%
  • Paper #3 – Similar to paper #2, students will have choice between questions, each of which will ask students to reflect on larger themes in the course overall (but geared more towards the latter half of the course). This assignment however will require some extra library research. Due after the last class, exact date TBD. 30%



Afua Cooper, The Hanging of Angelique (Toronto: HarperCollins, 2006).

Other required readings will be provided or identified on Canvas.


Recommended readings can be found in specified chapters of John Douglas Belshaw’s free online textbook, Canadian History: Post-Confederation at

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