Spring 2022 - INDG 332 D200

Indigenous Ethnobotany (3)

Class Number: 5957

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 9095, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    INDG (or FNST) 101.



This course is an introduction to the study of plant knowledge and use by Indigenous peoples. It provides students with information about the role of plants in Indigenous cultures including such areas as foods, medicines, technology, ceremony, ecological indicators, and within Indigenous knowledge and classification systems. Special focus may be placed on the ethnobotany of one or more Indigenous 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 an In-Person OFFERING and will include two or more outdoor, in-person field-trips (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.



A fee of $10.00 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 $75.00 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, directly through the publisher’s website [Lone Pine Publishing] or, via local used bookshops).

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 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.