Spring 2022 - INDG 210 OL01

Introduction to Indigenous Digital Media (3)

Class Number: 6007

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 4, 2022
    Mon, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    or Corequisite: INDG 101 or INDG 201W.



Introduces students to the emerging fields of new media and the digital humanities from an Indigenous Studies perspective. Students will learn new ways to share, represent and access Indigenous content and knowledges founded on respectful, ethical approaches to Indigenous digital media that is mindful of Indigenous community protocols. Students who took FNST 222-Special Topics in Spring 2019 (1191) with Dr. Maddie Knickerbocker or INDG 222-Special Topics in Fall 2020 (1207) with Dr. Kathryn Shield (both courses titled Introduction to Indigenous Digital Media) cannot take INDG 210 for further credit.


This online asynchronous course introduces students to the emerging fields of new media and the digital humanities from an Indigenous Studies perspective. Throughout the course, students will develop an understanding of the tools and approaches associated with the digital humanities, and how these can be used to innovate new ways of sharing, representing, and accessing Indigenous content and knowledges. Students will also acquire an understanding of the importance of respectful and ethical approaches to Indigenous digital media, through course topics including Indigenous data sovereignty, Traditional Knowledge (TK) labelling, and digital repatriation (among others). By working with digital humanities tools including Voyant (for textual analysis) and ArcGIS story-maps (for considering connections between story and place), we will explore the possibilities of these tools and others within the context of Indigenous literatures and cultures. This course will include a combination of Indigenous methods/theory, digital case studies, and digital humanities/new media training.

As we move through each weekly module, students will download that week's lecture from Canvas. Students will also be required to participate in weekly online discussion forums via Canvas. 


Students of this course will be able to:

  • understand the differences between Digital Humanities and New Media
  • understand the importance of Indigenous sovereignty, and be able to identify expressions of such through digital projects, film, and other digital media
  • understand the role of Indigenous protocols as applied to digital media
  • understand examples of ongoing decolonization/reconciliation initiatives that relate to Indigenous digital media
  • create their own digital story-map using ArcGIS Online


  • Participation & Engagement 20%
  • Social Media Research 10%
  • Digital Humanities Tool Review 15%
  • Reading Responses (2 over semester) 20%
  • Digital Project & Reflection 35%



All course readings will be posted on Canvas.


Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing by and about Indigenous Peoples. Brush Education, 2018.  [full-text available online via SFU Library]

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).

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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.