PREREQUISITES: There are no prerequisites for this
OBJECTIVES: Justice for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, given the
devastating impact of colonialism upon their lives, is both a moral and
political imperative. This course takes up that question of justice, by
examining both how the political power of the Canadian state has been utilized
through historical time to marginalize Aboriginal peoples and how political
power is now being used by Aboriginal peoples and their supporters to achieve
their goal of political emancipation.
Through class activity, guest speakers, Elders,
films, and readings, students will come to understand, appreciate, and take
positions themselves on the important political challenges presented by
colonialism and Aboriginal policy, Aboriginal political identity and nationalism,
self-government, treaties, and court decisions on Aboriginal rights and
title. In doing so, the course strives to equip students with the
understanding necessary to appreciate the nature of the claims that Aboriginal
people bring to their engagement with the Canadian state.
REQUIRED TEXTS: King,
Thomas. The Inconvenient Indian: A
Curious Account of Native People in North America. Canada: Doubleday, 2012.
additional course reading will either be on reserve in the Capilano University
Library or on the course Moodle site.
Note: Students who receive credit for POL 308 cannot
receive credit for POL 208.
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