Spring 2024 - HSCI 220 D100

Indigenous Experiences of Health (3)

Class Number: 4414

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    HSCI 130 with a minimum grade of C- or permission of the instructor.



An examination of Indigenous experiences of health and well-being that will encourage respectful, collaborative and ethical relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities. Students will learn about historical and ongoing impacts of colonization in Canada and continuous efforts of Indigenous communities to assert their own practices of health and well-being. Students who have taken HSCI 210 under this topic in Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 may not take this course for further credit.


Students will develop a foundation of knowledge about Indigenous peoples that encourages respectful, collaborative, and ethical relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities. This will be achieved through a combination of reflexive practices, guest speakers, instructor-led lectures, self-directed learning, and small group activities.


When students leave this course, they should be able to:

  • Describe key issues for Indigenous peoples in Canada and in BC that impact ongoing practices of Indigenous self-determination in health and well-being;
  • Develop a tailored action plan to support Indigenous health and well-being that aligns with their own social location and values;
  • Identify how colonization impacted Indigenous relationships with land and land-based practices;
  • Identify Indigenous strategies of resistance to colonization;
  • Identify processes of colonization when and where they see them;
  • Explain innovative approaches to health and wellness led by Indigenous scholars and/or Indigenous communities;
  • Strategize how to interrupt colonization as anchored to one’s social location.



This course uses labour-based grading, so your final grade will reflect the effort you put into the class. Grades will be based on weekly assessments (including quizzes on comprehension of reading, attendance, and participation in person in class, and journaling) and a final project. In person class attendance will be mandatory and there will be no online option for this class. Students who are unable to attend class will not be able to pass the class.



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