Spring 2019 - HIST 326 D100

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

Class Number: 3814

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

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


On September 22, 2013, nearly 70,000 people braved incessant rain for the Walk for Reconciliation.  ‘Namwayut – we are all one was its slogan and unifying theme. Central to this concept is that we are all treaty people, that we are all bound together – settler and Indigenous – in these lands called Canada and the United States. This course will probe the concept of being treaty people. What histories of violence, of peacemaking, of segregation, of duplicity and resurgence are bound up in this concept? Indigenous knowledge will be the foundation for this course and we will access this knowledge through the work of Indigenous writers, film-makers, narrators and guest speakers. We will be exploring what it means to be living in a settler colonial society, how historical thinking can help us understand the past and the present better and we will be using intersectional analysis and Indigenous methodologies in order to better understand the complexity that gender, sexuality, racialization, class and ability bring to all our lives. While using examples from across North America, we will respect our place on unceded territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw nations by using local examples often.


  • Research Project 20%
  • Writing Project 20%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Learning Journal 30%
  • Discussion and In-class Assignments 20%



Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2012.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Boston: Beacon Press, 2014.

Mary-Ellen Kelm & Keith D. Smith, Talking Back to the Indian Act: Critical Readings in Settler Colonial History. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018)

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