Summer 2021 - INDG 332 D200

Ethnobotany of British Columbia First Nations (3)

Class Number: 2218

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 12:30 PM – 6:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    INDG (or FNST) 101.



This course is an introduction to the study of plant knowledge and use by First Nations peoples in British Columbia. It provides students with information about the role of plants in First Nations' cultures including such areas as foods, medicines, technology, ceremony, ecological indicators, and within First Nations' knowledge and classification systems. Special focus may be placed on the ethnobotany of one or more Aboriginal groups or culture areas. Students with credit for FNST 332 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.




  • Prepared plant collection 30%
  • Assignments 40%
  • Research paper 20%
  • Participation 10%


This course is a HYBRID OFFERING – it will be delivered primarily through remote learning methods but also include two or more outdoor, in-person field-trips and experiential learning activities (as approved by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

Start and end times for in-person field-trips may be altered slightly beyond regularly scheduled class hours.

Within remote delivery, the great majority of course components will be “live” (synchronous).




A fee of $5.00 is needed to pay for specimen mounting paper and folder.

For students who desire a plant press on a temporary loan basis (there is one complete press available for each student), a refundable deposit of $50.00 is required. These fees will be collected in a manner to be announced.

Class fieldtrips may also require fees – this will be announced as fieldtrips are confirmed.


Plants of Coastal British Columbia by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon (Eds.). 2004. Lone Pine Publishing 

(NOTE: new hardcopies are available to order through the SFU bookstore (an eBook version of this textbook is not available). Students are also free to procure the textbook on their own, for example, with the help of the bookstore’s "compare" tool or directly through the publisher’s website [Lone Pine Publishing]).

ISBN: 9781772130096

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 2015. Milkweed Editions 

(NOTE: an eBook version of this textbook is available to order through the publisher’s website [Milkweed Editions]). Alternatively, the entire text is also fully available online through the SFU library).                            

ISBN: 9781571318718

Beyond the required texts, all reading and discussion materials related to the course will be made available through SFU CANVAS.

Registrar Notes:


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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).