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Department of Indigenous Studies | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Summer 2021

Indigenous Studies Research

Certificate

This program explores the history, prehistory, culture, language and contemporary situation of Canadian Indigenous peoples, and teaches basic research skills in this context. Normal completion requires five full-time terms. The certificate, which can be completed as a full-time or part-time program or as part of a bachelor's degree, is especially suited to students who wish to gain proficiency in Indigenous issues, social research skills, and basic cultural resource management skills. Students should plan their admission and program in consultation with the Indigenous Studies advisor.

Admission Requirements

Normal University admission requirements apply. Students may be admitted under regular or special categories. Assistance is available from the Indigenous Studies advisor.

Program Declaration

Students seeking admission into an Indigenous Studies Academic Program must demonstrate competency in a minimum of three INDG courses at SFU with an average subject grade of C or better. Completion of INDG 101 and INDG 201W prior to declaring an INDG program is recommended.

Students who have successfully completed three or more INDG courses should contact the Department Advisor to review eligibility and program completion timeline.

Program Requirements

Lower and Upper Division Requirements

Requirements include

  • successful completion of at least 30 units, of which a minimum 18 are earned by completing six required courses. In addition, students complete one practicum option (Option 1, 2, or 3). The remaining six units are selected from the specified list of optional courses.
  • minimum grade point average of 2.0 calculated on all courses applied to the certificate. Duplicate courses are counted only once.
  • completion of the certificate normally within five years of program admission.

Students complete all of

INDG 101 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Alix Shield
Mo, We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OL01 Distance Education
INDG 201W - Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History (3)

An examination of fact and ideology in history and historic events involving contact between Aboriginal and European peoples. The course will also address questions of research methodologies in studying Aboriginal/European relations, such as the evaluation of oral history and written ethnohistoric sources. An additional focus will be on gender as it influences perspectives. Students with credit for FNST 201W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Sandie Dielissen
TBD
INDG 212 - Indigenous Perceptions of Landscape (3)

Indigenous peoples of North America possess perceptions of landscape rooted in their long history with the land. Using methods and theories designed for anthropology, archaeology, land and resource management planning and geography will bring a multi-disciplinary approach to this study of cultural landscapes. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W. Students with credit for FNST 212 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 301 - Issues in Applied Indigenous Studies Research (3)

Involves a survey and examination of method, theory and related topics associated with contemporary Indigenous Studies research in applied contexts. Ethical conduct and protocols for working within First Nations communities are reviewed. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W. Students with credit for FNST 301 may not take this course for further credit.

and a total of 18 units from each of the following four categories:

a) one course from

INDG 332 - Ethnobotany of British Columbia First Nations (3)

This course is an introduction to the study of plant knowledge and use by First Nations peoples in British Columbia. It provides students with information about the role of plants in First Nations' cultures including such areas as foods, medicines, technology, ceremony, ecological indicators, and within First Nations' knowledge and classification systems. Special focus may be placed on the ethnobotany of one or more Aboriginal groups or culture areas. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101. Students with credit for FNST 332 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
A100 Marianne Ignace
TBD
D100 Robert Bandringa
Th 12:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Robert Bandringa
Fr 12:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
INDG 333 - Ethnozoology of British Columbia First Nations (3)

This course explores the unique relationship that the First Nations peoples of North America have with animals. It examines how they named, classified, used and managed animals and compares this to western science. Prerequisite: Either INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W and INDG (or FNST) 232. Students with credit for INDG (or FNST) 222 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FNST 333 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 353W - Indigenous Heritage Stewardship (3)

Examines issues that arise when Aboriginal people must balance economic development and cultural integrity. Topics include self-reflexive internalist research, ethics and best practices in representing Indigenous heritage, public laws and land claim agreements affecting heritage, the exhumation and repatriation of human remains and religious freedom and access to sacred sites and objects. Prerequisite: 45 units or permission of the instructor. Students who have taken INDG (or FNST) 322 previously under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FNST 353W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

INDG 433 - Indigenous Environmental Justice and Activism (4)

Examines contemporary writings regarding Indigenous environmental logic and environmental concerns of contemporary times. Studies effects of resource extraction upon Indigenous nations, globalization, genetic modifications, health, intellectual property, spiritual beliefs, culture and society, art and language and compares these with specific Indigenous logic at the time of contact. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for FNST 433 may not take this course for further credit.

b) one course from

ARCH 101 - Reconstructing the Human Past (3)

A survey of methods used by archaeologists to discover and interpret the past. Examples will be drawn from selected sites and cultures around the world. Students who have taken ARCH 201 may not enroll in ARCH 101. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Bob Muir
TBD
GEOG 100 - Our World: Introducing Human Geography (3)

A geographical introduction to how humans shape our world, with attention also given to how it shapes us. Themes may include: culture, economic activities, environmental change, globalization, politics, population, resources, and urbanization. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Jason Young
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Anthropology asks fundamental questions about how people live and interact in different contexts. Engages with contemporary social life around the world, including the relations among people, ideas, and things. Provides analytical tools to help understand the role of culture and society in our lives. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Natasha Kim Ferenczi
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Natasha Ferenczi
TBD

c) and one practicum option

Option 1

One term placement in the SFU Co-operative Education Program in Indigenous Studies with a place in an Indigenous organization. The employment situation must be acceptable to the Indigenous Studies research program. Indigenous Studies Co-op courses include:

FASS 201 - FASS Co-op Practicum I (3)

First term of work experience in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Co-operative Education Program. Units for this course do not count towards the units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: Open only to students accepted to the FASS Co-op Program.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
D200 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
I100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
FASS 301 - FASS Co-op Practicum II (3)

Second term of work experience in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Co-operative Education Program. Units for this course do not count towards the units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: Open only to students accepted to the FASS Co-op Program.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
D200 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
I100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
FASS 302 - FASS Co-op Practicum III (3)

Third term of work experience in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Co-operative Education Program. Units for this course do not count towards the units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: Open only to students accepted to the FASS Co-op Program.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
D200 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
I100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
FASS 401 - FASS Co-op Practicum IV (3)

Fourth term of work experience in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Co-operative Education Program. Units for this course do not count towards the units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: Open only to students accepted to the FASS Co-op Program.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
D200 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
I100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
FASS 402 - FASS Co-op Practicum V (3)

Fifth term of work experience in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Co-operative Education Program. Units for this course do not count towards the units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). May be repeated for additive credit. Prerequisite: Open only to students accepted to the FASS Co-op Program.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
D200 Suzanne Stanley
TBD
I100 Suzanne Stanley
TBD

Option 2

At least five units of an archaeology field school involving survey and excavation of an lndigenous heritage site, or an Indigenous focused field school in another discipline, subject to approval by the Indigenous Studies Department.

Option 3

INDG 442 Directed Readings in Indigenous Studies (3) is required, which permits a faculty member to supervise an independent field research project acceptable to the Indigenous Studies research certificate.

and the remaining units chosen from the following list:

INDG 110W - International Indigenous Lifewriting (4)

Exploration of Indigenous forms of research and inquiry (ie. genealogies, oral story-telling, autobiographies). Examine and explore life stories of Indigenous authors from around the world. Students with credit for FNST 110W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

INDG 111 - Introduction to Participatory Indigenous Research Methods (3)

Chronologically analyses the use of photography to research Indigenous peoples from the 19th Century anthropological methods to contemporary participatory action methods. Highlights how Indigenous peoples are adapting research methods to benefit and empower their communities. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W. Students with credit for FNST 111 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 186 - Coast Salish Studies (3)

An introduction to Coast Salish nations, lands, and cultures from historical and contemporary perspectives. Study of similarities and diversities between Coast Salish communities, and their connections to their shared homelands on which SFU is located. Students with credit for INDG (or FNST) 222 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FNST 186 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 222 - Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies (3) ††

Topics will vary from term to term depending on faculty availability and student interest where the body of work may not otherwise be covered in-depth in regular courses. Prerequisite: Vary according to topic. Consult course outline on prerequisite(s) of each topic offering.

INDG 232 - Introduction to Ethnoecology in Indigenous Studies (3)

Through the interdisciplinary lens of ethnoecology, this course is an exploration of ongoing, hard-earned and reciprocal relationships between people and their environment. This course considers the cultural underpinnings of perception and interaction with landscape and ecologies - as one way to appreciate issues of sustainability and diversity in a global context. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W. Students with credit for FNST 232 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 286 - Indigenous Peoples and British Columbia: An Introduction (3)

Study of Indigenous peoples of BC and effects of historical and political processes on their livelihoods and homelands. Overview of indigeneity and connection to urbanization. Examines linguistic diversity and endangered state of BC First Nations languages; Indigenous ethnography; land rights movement; traditional cultural practices/beliefs; and social, educational and economic disparity. Prerequisite: Recommended: INDG 101. Students with credit for FNST 286 or SA 286 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 322 - Special Topics in Indigenous Studies (0) ††

Variable units: 3, 4, 5. Prerequisite: Will vary according to the topic.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 June Scudeler
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
INDG 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4)

Examines selected themes in the history of Aboriginal peoples of North America from first contact with Europeans to the mid-nineteenth century. Prerequisite: 45 units including INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W. Students with credit for FNST 325 or HIST 325 may not take this course for further credit.

or HIST 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4)

Examines selected themes in the history of Aboriginal peoples of North America from first contact with Europeans to the mid-nineteenth century. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. Students with credit for FNST 325 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4)

Examines selected themes in the history of Aboriginal peoples of North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: 45 units including INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W. Students with credit for FNST 326 or HIST 326 may not take this course for further credit.

or HIST 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4)

Examines selected themes in the history of Aboriginal peoples of North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. Students with credit for FNST 326 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4)

Themes and issues relating to the historical and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal women in Canada: Indigenous theories of gender; evolution and political function of stereotypes of Indigenous women in Canada; history of Canadian legislation regulating indigenous identity; relevance of feminist analysis; and history of activism. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students who have taken INDG (or FNST) 322 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. INDG (or FNST) 327 and GSWS 327 (or WS 327) are identical and students may not take both courses for credit.

or GSWS 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4)

Themes and issues relating to the historical and contemporary experiences of aboriginal women in Canada: Indigenous theories of gender; evolution and political function of stereotypes of Indigenous women in Canada; history of Canadian legislation regulating Indigenous identity; relevance of feminist analysis; and history of activism. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students who have taken FNST 322 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. FNST 327 and GSWS 327 (or WS 327) are identical and students may not take both courses for credit.

INDG 329 - Sexuality and Gender: Indigenous Perspectives (3)

Examines written works on sexuality and gender including the history of representations of the sexualized savage; the discussion of Indigenous concepts of gender, including discussions of two-spirit versus gay identity; homophobia and sexual violence as tools of colonization; the emancipatory potential of erotica. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for FNST 329 or INDG (or FNST) 322 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 332 - Ethnobotany of British Columbia First Nations (3) **

This course is an introduction to the study of plant knowledge and use by First Nations peoples in British Columbia. It provides students with information about the role of plants in First Nations' cultures including such areas as foods, medicines, technology, ceremony, ecological indicators, and within First Nations' knowledge and classification systems. Special focus may be placed on the ethnobotany of one or more Aboriginal groups or culture areas. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101. Students with credit for FNST 332 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
A100 Marianne Ignace
TBD
D100 Robert Bandringa
Th 12:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Robert Bandringa
Fr 12:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
INDG 333 - Ethnozoology of British Columbia First Nations (3) **

This course explores the unique relationship that the First Nations peoples of North America have with animals. It examines how they named, classified, used and managed animals and compares this to western science. Prerequisite: Either INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W and INDG (or FNST) 232. Students with credit for INDG (or FNST) 222 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FNST 333 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 353W - Indigenous Heritage Stewardship (3) **

Examines issues that arise when Aboriginal people must balance economic development and cultural integrity. Topics include self-reflexive internalist research, ethics and best practices in representing Indigenous heritage, public laws and land claim agreements affecting heritage, the exhumation and repatriation of human remains and religious freedom and access to sacred sites and objects. Prerequisite: 45 units or permission of the instructor. Students who have taken INDG (or FNST) 322 previously under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FNST 353W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

INDG 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4)

Examines works of popular fiction by Indigenous authors and their use of specific genres (e.g. the mystery novel, vampire thriller, sci fi, comic book). Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for ENGL 360, INDG (or FNST) 322 under this topic, or FNST 360 may not take this course for further credit.

or ENGL 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4)

Examines works of popular fiction by Indigenous authors, and their use of specific genres (e.g. the mystery novel, vampire thriller, sci fi, comic book). Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses and two 200 division English courses, OR formal declaration in the creative writing minor with 45 units. Students who have taken FNST 322 under this topic, or FNST 360 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 363 - Indigenous Poetry, Poetics, Printmaking (4)

Examines various art forms and aesthetic expressions of select Indigenous peoples of the Americas including Aboriginal poetry and poetic forms. A research and creation studio course. Prerequisite: 45 units and permission of instructor; no previous artistic training and/or experience are required. Students with credit for FNST 322 under the topic 'Poetics/Poetry: Bookmaking' or 'Indigenous Expressive Arts' may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FNST 363 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 401 - Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy (3)

An examination of First Nations and Aboriginal peoples' perspectives on political, social and legal issues involving their rights as first citizens of Canada and North America, and the practical and political relations with various levels of government. Issues examined include: Aboriginal rights and title questions, self government models and concepts, constitutional matters, the impact of federal government policies, including their impact on women's lives, and Aboriginal community and First Nations politics. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101 and 201W. Recommended: POL 221. Students with credit for FNST 401 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 402W - The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples (3)

Style and content of Aboriginal people's discourse about their culture, world view, history and matters affecting their lives. Includes the analysis of selections from Aboriginal oral literature, autobiography, expository writing, modern poetry and fiction. Prerequisite: 60 units and one of INDG (or FNST) 101 or INDG (or FNST) 201W. Students with credit for INDG (or FNST) 402 or FNST 402W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

INDG 403 - Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World (3)

This course explores the subject of traditional Indigenous knowledge and its contemporary implications for Indigenous programs in such areas as economic development, ecotourism, spiritualism, language retention, biodiversity, ethnoscience, environmentalism, and heritage conservation. Indigenous perspectives on patents, copyrights, and other creative products from traditional culture will also be examined through lecture, guest speakers and seminar presentation. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101 or INDG (or FNST) 201W. Students with credit for FNST 403 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3)

An in-depth examination of Aboriginal/Indigenous conceptions of justice in dealing with crime and other trouble in Indigenous communities, and in relations among peoples. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W, or CRIM 101, or permission of the instructor. Students with credit for CRIM 416, CRIM 418, CRIM 419, or FNST 419 may not take this course for further credit.

or CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3)

An in-depth examination of Aboriginal/indigenous conceptions of justice in dealing with crime and other trouble in indigenous communities, and in relations among peoples. Prerequisite: CRIM 101 or FNST 101 or 201 or permission of the instructor. Students with credit for this course as CRIM 416 or 418, or FNST 419, may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)

An examination of how relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples framed and were framed by the development of international law from the 15th century onward. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W, or CRIM 101, or permission of instructor. Students with credit for FNST 429, CRIM 429, or under CRIM 416 or 418 under the title "Indigenous Peoples and International Law" or "Indigenous Peoples and Evolving International Relations" may not take this course for further credit.

or CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)

An examination of how relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples framed and were framed by the development of international law from the 15th century onward. Prerequisite: CRIM 101 or FNST 101 or 201 or permission of instructor. Students with credit for CRIM 416, or 418 under the title "Indigenous Peoples and International Law" or "Indigenous Peoples and Evolving International Relations", or FNST 429 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 433 - Indigenous Environmental Justice and Activism (4) **

Examines contemporary writings regarding Indigenous environmental logic and environmental concerns of contemporary times. Studies effects of resource extraction upon Indigenous nations, globalization, genetic modifications, health, intellectual property, spiritual beliefs, culture and society, art and language and compares these with specific Indigenous logic at the time of contact. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for FNST 433 may not take this course for further credit.

INDG 442 - Directed Readings in Indigenous Studies (3)

Directed readings for upper level students in Indigenous Studies who wish to study selected topics in depth. May be repeated once when topic is different. Variable units: 2, 3, 4, 5. Prerequisite: 15 units in Indigenous (or First Nations) Studies. Corequisite: Permission of an instructor and department.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD
INDG 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4)

Traces the development of legal doctrine pertaining to Aboriginal peoples in Canada and the United States, including its shared roots in British colonial law and policy. Prerequisite: 45 units including INDG (or FNST) 101, 201W and one other INDG (or FNST) course; or permission of the instructor. Students with credit for FNST 443W, HIST 443, or HIST 485 or HIST 486 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

or HIST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4)

Traces the development of legal doctrine pertaining to Aboriginal peoples in Canada and the United States, including its shared roots in British colonial law and policy. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history. Students with credit for FNST 443, or HIST 485 or 486 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

INDG 447 - Directed Studies in Indigenous Studies (3)

Directed study for upper level students in a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor. Explore Indigenous topics through research. Variable units: 2, 3, 4, 5. This course may be repeated for credit when topic is different. Prerequisite: 15 units of INDG (or FNST) courses; permission of an instructor and department approval. Corequisite: varies depending on topic.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD
INDG 462 - Indigenous Oral Testimony: Theory, Practice, Purpose, Community (4)

Examines protocol, theory, responsibility, issues of domain (including inherent rights) involving traditional oral testimony, storytelling, oral narrative in an Aboriginal/Nation-centric canon. Compares Aboriginal canon 'oral record' to Aboriginal individual first-person accounts. Prerequisite: 60 units including INDG (or FNST) 101 or INDG (or FNST) 201W and permission of the instructor. Students with credit for FNST 462 may not take this course for further credit.

Other courses that have significant Indigenous content may be counted towards this certificate with Indigenous Studies approval.

Note: A three course maximum (10 units) of comparable content and level from an approved college or university may be transferred, subject to University regulations and department approval. Units applied to this certificate may also apply to a major, a joint major or minor or bachelor's degree under normal program regulations, but may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma.

** when not used in the preceding group a) requirement.

† only one of the two courses may be used and may count toward the certificate

†† may be completed more than once when offered as a different topic