Fall 2019 - HIST 101 D100

Canada to Confederation (3)

Class Number: 4835

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 5, 2019
    Thu, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Mary-Ellen Kelm
    1 778 782-7299
    Office: AQ 6227



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


As a 1960s rock band once opined: “The future’s uncertain and the end is always near,” so who cares about the past? HIST 101 will make the argument that the past matters because it lives on in us and in this place we now call Canada. Whether the past comes to haunt us in statues of historical figures whose importance we now contest, in the call for us to honour treaties with Indigenous peoples, the environmental legacies of resource extraction or the intergenerational trauma of slavery and forced migration, the past is always with us. This enduring past also animates contemporary debates both within the field of history and beyond in the realm of public discourse. It is a good idea then, to learn to think historically and to analyse the way history is used in contemporary society.  Through lectures, readings, podcasts, tutorial discussions and assignments, you will learn: how to think historically; find historical sources, organize and analyse them; recognize and analyse primary sources; recognize and scrutinize some of the myths of ‘being Canadian’; write with clarity and concision; and be able to connect the past to present events creatively and convincingly. In short, you will leave this course with the skills to be able to engage with stories about Canada’s past wherever you find them and to be able to succeed in subsequent history courses.  


  • Library Assignment 20%
  • Primary Source analysis 20%
  • Admission tickets and participation 20%
  • Making sense of listening: lecture/podcast note taking 20%
  • Secondary source analysis 20%



The course text is John Douglas Belshaw’s Canadian History: Pre-Confederation which can be downloaded for free at http://open.bccampus.ca/

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