Fall 2021 - INDG 286 D100

Indigenous Peoples and British Columbia: An Introduction (3)

Class Number: 3902

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    Recommended: INDG 101.



Study of Indigenous peoples of BC and effects of historical and political processes on their livelihoods and homelands. Overview of indigeneity and connection to urbanization. Examines linguistic diversity and endangered state of BC First Nations languages; Indigenous ethnography; land rights movement; traditional cultural practices/beliefs; and social, educational and economic disparity. Students with credit for FNST 286 or SA 286 may not take this course for further credit.


Delivered through a Tákem Nsnekwnúkw7a* pedagogy, this course will be an engagement with First Peoples’ approaches to being in harmony with *all my relations as the motivating factor behind knowledge seeking processes. We will come to know of the rich diversity of Nations in what is now known as British Columbia, through considering First Peoples’ relationships with their lands and helper beings, their protocols and responsibilities. We will do so in a manner that mitigates the ‘power of culture’ that tends to motivate investigations like these by focusing our attention on the processes, protocols and intentions of Indigenous pedagogies namely; story, reciprocity and respectful relationship building, among others. Utilizing an Indigenist paradigm, we will learn together through interpreting, comparing, contrasting and making connections in our surveys of seminal reports, current research, stories and ethnographic resources.


Students will:
- decolonize their persepectives of maps and map making
- come to know the Lands commonly known as "BC" through the lenses of First Peoples' values, protocols, and processes
- engage with local Indigenous Knowledges to expand understandings of what it means to be in relation to First Peoples and First Peoples' homelands and    Helper Beings in respectful, responsible, and reciprocating ways
- understand and practice positioning themselves on Indigenous homelands


  • Decolonizing Maps of "BC" (Small group Assignment & presentation) 20%
  • Being on the Land Activity 5%
  • 4 Assigned Readings Quizzes (x 10% each) 40%
  • Indigenist Autoethnography Sharing Circle 5%
  • Indigenist Autoethnography Term Paper 30%


Because this is a remote delivery course, a computer/laptop/iPad and stable internet service is REQUIRED across the entire semester. Lectures, quizzes, and small group participation occur live online during regularly scheduled class times, with some offline provision of additional lecture materials.


By enrolling in this course, you are confirming that you have the technology, space, and access to stable internet required to participate and you are committing to being available and present for our scheduled weekly Zoom class times and student collaboration activities Fridays (2:30-5:20).


*This is NOT an online course- it is INDG 286 being delivered remotely*



All readings will be provided by the instructor and are available via SFU CANVAS, on-line e-books, on reserve in the library, or in-class.
Narrated lectures and other course materials will also be supplied in Canvas as needed.
Please have a gmail email account prior to the first class to facilitate your engagent in the remote delivery of weekly small group activities.


Please see weekly modules in Canvas to access assigned readings folders for each week. All readings are to be completed prior to the lecture.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.