Summer 2021 - INDG 322 D100

Special Topics in Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Film

Class Number: 2215

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Instructor:

    June Scudeler
    1 778 782-8191
    Office Hours: Thursday 12:30-1:30 or by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    Will vary according to the topic.



Variable units: 3, 4, 5.


Misrepresentations of Indigenous people are a staple of non-Indigenous film and TV from Hollywood westerns to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, Indigenous filmmakers are counteracting stereotypes by creating their own visual content. Using visual sovereignty as a lens, we will look at the history of representation, then turn to the National Film Board’s role in Indigenous film in Canada, the work of the Indigenous Screen Office, and Indigenous film from New Zealand and Latin America. We will also delve into genre film (horror, science fiction), Indigiqueer film, and the adaptation of an Indigenous novel to the screen.



  • Regular Attendance and Participation 15%
  • Presentation (4 pages) 25%
  • Monkey Beach film and novel comparison (4 pages) 25%
  • Paper (8-10 pages) 35%


This course deals with a number of challenging and emotionally charged issues, and some students may find the content unexpectedly stressful, especially around the public discussion of colonization. Some of the issues we discuss will be provocative, controversial, or emotionally challenging. Our classroom should be as conducive as possible to an ethos of thoughtful and open inquiry that encourages everyone to share ideas in a productive way. Please keep in mind that many of the issues we discuss in class are the lived experience of real human beings, not just theoretical concerns, so be kind to one another even in disagreement.


There are no prerequisites for this 3-unit course.



Robinson, Eden. Monkey Beach.
ISBN: 9780676973228

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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).