Spring 2022 - INDG 101 B100

Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3)

Class Number: 5985

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM



Introduces the nature and goals of Indigenous Studies as an academic discipline that emphasizes cultures and homelands of First Peoples. Students with credit for FNST 101 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


To survey pre-contact, historic and current events relating to the First Peoples of Turtle Island and the impacts that contact/colonization had/have on First Peoples’ survivance and futurity. Students will consider Indigenous perspectives of family, languages and connections to the land, the oral traditions, community identities, resilience, revitalization, along with their own roles and responsibilities in reconciliation. Students will deliberate on the impacts of laws and policy making on First Peoples’ lives and the actions that Indigenous Peoples continue to take to counter these detrimental forces toward ensuring their Nations’ and Territories' futurities. Indigenous practices that center on the building of respectful relationships will be utilized throughout the semester towards providing an environment that is conducive to taking up, in meaningful ways, the work that needs to be done by all before reconciliation can begin.

*Course syllabus and outline follow the FNST 101 course designed by Drs. annie ross and Marianne Ignace.


Through honouring and engaging with Indigenous protocols and processes students will:
- practice two-eyed seeing in considering the relationships between First Peoples, their Lands and ways and the ongoing effects of colonization
- come to understand their roles and responsibilities in reconciliation
- learn and engage with anti-colonial thinking, writing, speaking, acting
- engage with wholistic approaches to comprehend one call to action


  • Bi-Weekly Assigned Readings Quizzes (5x10%each) 50%
  • Medicine Wheel Pedagogy Taking Action Paper 20%
  • Bi-Weekly Small Group Dialogues/Activities (6x5% each) 30%





Because this is a blended delivery course, meaning that we meet in the classroom on Tuesdays and in zoom rooms on Fridays, a computer or laptop and a stable internet service across the entire semester is required. Quizzes, and small group participation assignments occur synchronously online during regularly scheduled Friday class times. 

NO technology is permitted during on-campus classes, this is to honour the central tenets of Úcwalmicw knowledge systems.



Portions of some weekly lectures may be narrated and posted in Canvas, otherwise lectures are not posted. Students are expected to work together toward ensuring any missed notes or lectures are shared in a reciprocol manner.

Bi-weekly student collaboration assignments will occur in google docs - please have a gmail email account for the first week of classes to facilitate your engagment in these for credit activities.


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.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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 spring 2022 term.