ANTH 362: First Peoples of Canada (Rev. C4 & C5) Report a Broken Link

ANTH 362 provides an introduction to the diversity of cultures in Canadian First Peoples, including those people who identify as First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis. Students will be exposed to ethnographic content through textbooks, ethnographic texts, and film. This course is divided into geographical linguistic and culture areas, providing students with a wide breadth of precolonization, colonization, and current perspectives, including truth and reconciliation, from case studies across the country. An introductory course in cultural or social anthropology is a recommended prerequisite for this course.

Unit 1: Introduction


Jackson, Tom, and Dominique Keller, dirs. Aboriginality. National Film Board of Canada, 2007.

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Unit 2: The Arctic


Stevenson, Lisa. Life Beside Itself: Imagining Care in the Canadian Arctic. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2014.
CBC Docs. “Angry Inuk: The Anti-Sealing Industry Has Had Dire Impacts on Canada's Inuit Families.” YouTube, January 12, 2018. Video, 44:18.
Sandiford, Mark, dir. Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny. National Film Board of Canada, 2006.

Unit 3: The Eastern Subarctic


Ianzelo, Tony, and Boyce Richardson, dirs. Cree Hunters of Mistassini. National Film Board of Canada, 1974.

Unit 4: The Western Subarctic


Cruikshank, Julie. Do Glaciers Listen?: Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005.
Janke, Daniel, dir. How People Got Fire. National Film Board of Canada, 2008.

Unit 5: The Eastern Woodlands


Simpson, Audra. “Chapter 1: Indigenous Interruptions: Mohawk Nationhood, Citizenship, and the State.” In Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States, 1–35. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Simpson, Audra. “Chapter 5: Borders, Cigarettes, and Sovereignty.” In Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States, 115–145. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Obomsawin, Alanis, dir. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance. National Film Board of Canada, 1993.

Unit 6: The Plains


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Unit 7: The Plateau


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Unit 8: The Northwest Coast


Welsh, Christine, dir. The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters. National Film Board of Canada, 2000.
Todd, Kamala, dir. Indigenous Plant Diva. National Film Board of Canada, 2008.

Unit 9: Conclusion


Welsh, Christine, dir. Finding Dawn. National Film Board of Canada, 2006.

Unit 10: Truth and Reconciliation


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 2015.