Prerequisites: Nil.

This course offers an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Native Studies. We will focus on the relationship between indigenous nations and nation-states, especially – though not exclusively - within the Canadian and broader North American contexts. We begin with an overview of imperialism and colonialism, examining how they have historically shaped relations between indigenous peoples and nation-states. We then look at some of the varied ways in which this legacy has shaped the past and present of indigenous/non-indigenous relations within North America, and especially in Canada. This will carry us through a number of specific topics, including sovereignty, treaties and treaty-making, the Indian Act, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, justice and the justice system, land claims, identity issues, education, indigenous languages, and diverse forms of resistance and renewal.

3 lecture hours per week, one term

Successors: 12:261, 12:292, 12:361, 36:392, 54:279, 54:287, 56:281, 56:282, 56:379, 68:251, 68:253, 68:256, 68:263, 68:278, 68:279, 68:281, 68:282, 68:285, 68:286, 68:287, 68:331, 68:354, 68:360, 68:365, 68:369, 68:370, 68:373, 68:376, 68:377, 68:379, 68:389, 68:392, 68:451, 68:457, 68:469, 86:286, 90:292, 90:379, 97:360, 97:395.

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 68:151 in the BU Course Transfer Database.