Fall 2019 - HIST 427 D100

Topics in Indigenous Histories (4)

Indigenous Health

Class Number: 4959

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

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

    45 units including nine units of lower division history.



Examination of selected themes in the history of Aboriginal peoples. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 427 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught.


Problems in the History of Aboriginal Peoples; Indigenous Health in Historical Perspective

Indigenous health is often compared to that of other Canadians: Indigenous people suffer higher rates of infectious disease, suicide and obesity for example. None of that is natural and neither is the way we talk about Indigenous health. The health disparities affecting Indigenous people in this country have been produced historically, through processes that resulted in socio-economic inequities and cultural suppression. Similarly, the way we think about Indigenous health changed over time. We have worried more about some disparities than others. How Canadians have responded to the state of Indigenous health is also historically contingent based on relationships of commerce and the land, treaties and government’s role in shaping the conditions of Indigenous health.

Indigenous people have responded politically, socially, culturally and spiritually to these circumstances, demanding that their treaty rights to health care be met, preserving Indigenous healing methods and developing new culturally-appropriate responses to these challenges.

By exploring Indigenous health in historical perspective, students will gain the ability to think historically, to recognize and critique health research frameworks and methodologies and to contribute to a constructive dialogue aimed at creating conditions that are favorable to Indigenous health today.


  • Research project 25%
  • Writing project 25%
  • Learning Journal 20%
  • Seminar participation 15%
  • Presentation/mini conference 15%



All readings will be available electronically through the library, through our companion Canvas site and/or on reserve in the library.

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