Indigenous History, Colonialism and Identity in Western Canada (HIC3311)

30 credits

To engage with Indigenous history in Western Canada it is necessary to understand how colonial myths, stereotypes and terminology are embedded into historical documents, (mis)understandings, and representations, and how these are used and countered by Indigenous peoples. Colonial issues endure and frustrate efforts by First Nations, M├ętis, Inuit and Native American peoples to represent themselves and be heard over Western imaginings of whom Indigenous people are and have been.

Studying this module will help you to unpick a multitude of historical perspectives on Indigenous history from pre-contact to today. You will consider key events and the influence they had on cross-cultural understandings. You will be introduced to Indigenous history and ontology, and will explore how these counter and unsettle contact, colonial and settler narratives. You will see how current issues are (mis)informed by the past and the efforts being made to decolonize representations of Indigenous peoples, histories and cultures today.

This is an optional level three history module. There are no pre-requisites.