INST 203: Indigenous Studies 1 Report a Broken Link

This course introduces the historical, anthropological, sociological, and political science perspectives on the origins and implications of major federal and provincial government policies bearing on Aboriginal peoples. The course analyses, in broad terms, the history of Aboriginal-European relations from the beginning of contact between the two groups to the current time. The course introduces the principle legal and statutory documents, such as treaties, the Indian Act, the British North America Act of 1867, and the Constitution Act of 1982, that form the basis of Canadian state policies towards Indigenous peoples.

Unit 1: Identity: Social, Political, Psychological, and Legal Consequences


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Unit 2: Indian Treaties


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Required reading for Unit 2, Section 3. (Chapter 2 of  The First Nations: Indian Government and the Canadian Confederation by Delia Opekokew.  Reproduced with permission.)

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Unit 3: The M├ętis: The Emergence and Status of an Aboriginal Group


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