Fall 2023 - INDG 211 B100

Researching Residential Schools: An Analysis of RS in North America (3)

Class Number: 4404

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.



Responding to TRC Calls to Action, this course provides a global and interdisciplinary examination of methodology and the ongoing impacts of colonial education on Indigenous peoples. The majority of the course is a comparative analysis of the Residential School system with an emphasis of the contexts in Canada and the United States.


Responding to TRC Calls to Action, this course provides a global and interdisciplinary examination of methodology and the ongoing impacts of colonial education on Indigenous peoples. The course provides a summary on divers topics on Residential Schools in Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, Greenland, and the United States. While the course introduces students to the international context, the majority of the course is a comparative analysis on Residential Schools within Canada and the United States.

Important: This course is 3 units. There are in-person lectures on Thursdays for two hours 2:30 PM - 4:20PM. The rest of the course work will be on canvas which includes short mini lectures and canvas discussions.


Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify various causes and consequences of colonial education systems as they are experienced by Indigenous communities and individuals
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of reconciliation as a theory and practice
  • Critically analyze and understand how Residential Schools has impacted and continues to impact Indigenous communities
  • Recognize how Indigenous peoples are resilient and working towards new educational pathways
  • Demonstrate an ability to present and discuss ideas clearly and articulately through effective oral and written communication


  • Participation 10%
  • Canvas Activities 30%
  • Reading Reflection Paper 20%
  • Video Podcast & Presentation 40%



Academic Honestly Policy

All assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade to be assigned. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Department of Indigenous Studies adheres to SFU policy related to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T20.01) and academic honesty and student conduct (S10.01 and S10.05). It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of these policies available on the SFU website:





Additional Readings available via SFU Canvas and SFU Library Reserve

Minton, S. J. (2020), Residential Schools and Indigenous Peoples [electronic resource]: From Genocide Via Education to the Possibilities for Processes of Truth, Restitution, Reconciliation, and Reclamation. Milton: Routledge. 
ISBN: 9781032088389

Sterling, S. (1992), My name is Seepeetza. Groundwood Books
ISBN: 9781773068565


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Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.