HIST 369/INST 369: History of Canada’s First Nations From 1830 Report a Broken Link

History 369/Indigenous Studies 369: History of Canada’s First Nations From 1830 introduces themes and events in the history of Canada’s Native peoples from 1830 to the present. Although this course presents numerous facts, it also pays close attention to the debates among historians about how to weave the facts together.

Front Page


Strikwerda, Eric. “History/Indigenous Studies 369: History of Canada’s First Nations from 1830.” Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University, 2015.

Unit 1


“Chapter 7: ‘Certain Doubtful Transactions’: The Treaty 7 Region After 1877,” from Liberalism, Surveillance and Resistance: Indigenous Communities in Western Canada, 1877–1927, by Keith D. Smith, pp. 197–222.

Unit 2


Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and Residential Schools, They Came for the Children, by Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Unit 3


Chapter 4: “A Striking Contrast . . . Where Perpetuity of Union and Exclusiveness Is Not a Rule, at Least Not a Strict Rule,” in The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada to 1918, by Sarah Carter, pp. 103–44.
Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands, edited by Sarah Carter and Patricia A. McCormack, 2008.

Unit 4


“Chapter 5: War Songs, 1821 to 1848,” from Drum Songs, by Kerry Abel, pp. 88–112.
“Chapter 7: Traders and Trappers,” from Drum Songs, by Kerry Abel, pp. 145–164/
The Old Man Told Us: Excerpts from Mi’kmaq History 1500–1950, by Ruth Holmes Whitehead
Bruce Morito, "The Rule of Law and Aboriginal Rights: The Case of the Chippewas of Nawash," Canadian Journal of Native Studies 19, no. 2 (1999): 263-88.

Unit 5


“Chapter 8: In the Same Position as They Were Before Entering: Exclusionary Liberalism in World War 1 and Beyond,” from Liberalism, Surveillance and Resistance: Indigenous Communities in Western Canada, 1877–1927, by Keith D. Smith, pp. 223–236.
“Chapter 10: Canada and the Dene Nation: Society and Politics,” from Drum Songs, by Kerry Abel, pp. 231–264.
“Criminalizing the Colonized: Ontario Native Women Confront the Criminal Justice System, 1920-60,” by Joan Sangster, pp. 32–60.

Unit 6


“Urban Natives and the Nation: Before and After the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples,” by Chris Henderson and Claude Denis.
Derek G. Smith, “ ‘The Policy of Aggressive Civilization’ and Projects of Governance in Roman Catholic Industrial Schools for Native Peoples in Canada, 1870-95,” Anthropologica, 43 (2001) 253-71