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Course Description

This course will examine how colonial and neo-colonial governments have interacted with Indigenous societies in Canada. Students will explore how states, both federal and provincial, have restricted social, economic and cultural activities. The impact of colonialism on lands and resources is highlighted and, particularly, the effects of colonialism on Indigenous cultural and economic autonomy and self-determination.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to: 
  1. Describe the role of the state and its impact on Indigenous environmental governance; 
  2. Examine the contemporary and historical context of colonialism and its impact on environmental stewardship; 
  3.  Assess how environmental governance and resource management systems are governed in a Canadian context; 
  4. Reflect on the impacts of resource and environmental stewardship as a result of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and 
  5. Participate effectively in discussions of environmental and social issues using practical critical thinking and research skills

Course Topics

  • Treaty-Making, Land Claims and the (re)Definition of Indigenous Nationhood. 
  • Limiting Capital Accumulation and Cultural Practice through the Indian Act. 
  • Education and Cultural Expression (Residential Schools). 
  • The Physical Breakdown of Lands and Bodies after 1945. 
  • Prospering Together? Post-War Affluence and Socio-Economic Change (e.g., Mega-projects; Hawthorn Report; Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples). 
  • State Relocation of Family and Community (Sixties Scoop, Child Welfare) 
  • Speaking Back to Power: Indigenous Activism and Claiming Resources. 
  • Recent Inquiries: Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
  • Decolonization and Reconciliation and the Impact on Resources


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Self-Reflection (1 and 2) 20% 2, 4, 5
Discussion Participation 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Land-based Learning Assignment (Part A, B, C) 25% 1, 3, 4, 5
Final Exam 30% 3, 4, 5
Total 100%  



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

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Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Indigenous-Settler Relations
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller.
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