PREREQUISITES: 45 credits of 100
level or higher coursework.
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.
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. The course
material will be a level above POL 208: Aboriginal Politics in Canada, with
greater emphasis on student presentations and student facilitated classroom
learning as well as advanced sophistication in research analysis, writing, and
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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Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.