Course Descriptions

Core Courses

REI 1100 6.00 Introduction to Social Justice: Race, Diaspora, and Indigenous Studies

Introduces students to key concepts, theories and histories that focus on making connections between anti-racism and Aboriginal studies. Through history and theoretical concepts, students learn to understand the interconnections-and differences-facing Aboriginal communities, communities of colour and ethnic communities.

REI 3100 6.00 Research Methods in Equity Studies
Examines questions of power, methodology and epistemology in research, as it relates to questions of Aboriginal peoples, race and ethnicity. Addresses racialized and class power relations between researcher and researched. Teaches skills in research methods, and addresses ethics guidelines and community protocols.

REI 4705 6.00 Critical Race, Diaspora, and Indigenous Theory
Provides a solid foundation in Indigenous and anti-racism theory, from early anti-racism theorists to postcolonial, post-modern and other theorists on race, to Indigenous writers addressing decolonization and self-determination.

AP/REI/HREQ/SOCI 4600 6.00 Research Seminar
Provides an opportunity for the development and completion of a substantial project in research and writing at a more advanced level. Restricted to Specialized Honours BA students. Papers are written under the supervision of a faculty member, and each step in the research is discussed in seminar. Prerequisites: 78 credits or permission of the Undergraduate Program Director of the Department of Equity Studies.

Required Courses

REI 1050 6.00 Introduction to Indigenous Studies
Using Indigenous pedagogies as well as academic approaches, this course will provide an introduction to the basic issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada today. Topics include colonization, stereotypes about "Indians", identity legislation, residential schooling, child welfare, criminal justice and self-determination.

REI 3640 3.00: The Indian Act, Treaties, and Non-Status Native Communities
Focuses on federal recognition and non-status Native people. It explores the nature of treaties, their relationship to identity legislation, and the effects of identity legislation in dividing Native people who have Indian status from those who do not. Finally, we examine different struggles for federal recognition, in Canada and the United States, and the implications, for Native communities, of struggles for federal recognition.

AP/HUMA 3537 CNDS/REI 3839 3.00 Canadian Native Autobiography
Canadian Native writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have defined themselves and their world through unique representations of their own life stories. The course explores the contexts and interpretations of "identity", "history", "literature", "tradition", and integrating different world views.


MIST Indigenous Studies courses

AP/REI 3470 6.00 Black Indians and Native Black Relations
Examines conceptual issues shaping racial formation for Black and Native peoples, histories of genocide and slavery, and the histories of Native-Black relations in different regions of Latin America, the Caribbean, the U.S. and Canada. The course addresses both alliances and divisions between Black and Native peoples across the Americas.

AP/REI 3650 3.00: Urban Native Communities
With a focus on Toronto, this course challenges assumptions about Indigeneity and urbanity, explores emergent urban Native identity in the contexts of displacement, identity legislation and intermarriage, and examines cultural renewal and sovereignty in urban settings. Course credit exclusion: AK/SOSC 4750 6.00.

AP/REI 4765 3.00: Indigenous Literature, Survival and Sovereignty
Explores the connections between Native literature, community survival and sovereignty, through Native literary criticism, Indigenous poetry, short stories and drama.

REI 4770 3.00: First Nations Music and Cultural Regeneration
This is a music appreciation course—no prior knowledge of music is required. The course examines various forms of Indigenous music in Canada and the United States, from traditional to contemporary, including protest music, blues, rock and hiphop, and the roles they have played in maintaining communities, engaging in social commentary, promoting cultural regeneration, and recreating sovereignty.

AP/REI 4780 3.00 Indigenous Peoples and Education
Examines educational policies and practices for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, including residential schooling and decolonizing/Indigenizing educational initiatives. rights, and the Powley case.

AP/REI 4780 6.00 Indigenous Peoples and Education
Examines educational policies and practices for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, including residential schooling and decolonizing/Indigenizing educational initiatives.

Courses relating to Aboriginal People in other departments

AP/ANTH 3030 3.00 Discourses of Colonialism
This course explores the cultural and political significance of colonial discourse in the past and in the present, including an examination of the construction of Euro-American forms of knowledge about other peoples and how these understandings continue to shape global relations of power.

AP/ANTH 3420 3.00 Indigenous Minorities and Human Rights
This course focuses on how nation states define majorities and minorities, and how such definitions are contested by populations striving for cultural, political and human rights. Questions include: How do people get classified as indigenous or aboriginal? How has globalization enhanced awareness of human rights?

AP/ANTH 3510 3.00 Indigenous Peoples and Archaeology: From Conflict to Coalition
This course examines the changing relationship of Indigenous peoples and archaeology. Previously marked by conflict, but now by cooperation, this relationship is improving as artifacts and ancestors are repatriated, and as archaeologists focus on the lived experiences of past people.

AP/CREE 1000/AP/REI 1000 6.00: Introduction to Cree
Introduction to Cree language structure and the writing system. Emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension in everyday situations. The course is based in the dialect spoken in Northern Ontario; however, a comparison to other dialects is made.

AP/HIST 4508 6.00 Cultures and Colonialism: Canada 1600-1900
This course explores issues of contact and colonialism in Canadian history from 1600-1900. Themes may include the shifting practices of European imperialism; new cultural forms created by First Nations-European contact; changing economic systems; and patterns of state formation.

AP/HIST 4753 6.00 Christianities and Indigenous Civilizations in Colonial Latin America
This seminar explores the establishment of Christianity among the indigenous peoples of colonial Latin America, with a primary focus on Mexico and Peru. Course credit exclusions: none.

AP/HUMA/REI 4200 6.00 Metis Identities, Families and Issues in Canada
Explores the identities, families and issues of the Metis in their homelands and communities across Canada. Issues to be addressed may include, among others, the iconography of Louis Riel, transnational border issues, Metis identities and their formation, the significance of Metis families and their communities, the nineteenth century resistance movements, Canada's forgotten people in the twentieth century, Metis politics; Metis land and treaty

AP/POLS 4102 3.00 Aboriginal Politics
An examination of critical issues in Aboriginal Peoples' relationships with the state, society and economy in Canada including colonialism; the tensions between Aboriginal self-determination and public policies on self-government; and the place of indigenous difference within the social and constitutional fabric of Canada.

AP/REI/CDNS/EN/HUMA 3535 3.00 Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment
Analyzes the history and theories of Canada and the True North from the perspectives of Indigenous knowledge and environment.

AP/REI/CDNS/HUMA 3536 3.00 Indigenous People, Legend and Memory
Examines concepts and relationships among history, literature and nature in Europe and North America.

AP/REI/CDNS/HUMA 3538 6.00 Comparative Issues in Canadian and American Native Literature
Examines similarities and contrasts in contemporary Native writers in Canada and the United States. The course explores many varied interpretations of Native historical experience, definitions of culture, "self-determination" and the meaning and implications of "Indian" identities.

AP/REI 3310 CDNS/HUMA 3530 6.00/3.00 Virtual Riel/ity: Louis Riel and Métis Issues in North America
Explores the history and literature of the Métis and Louis Riel in their homelands and in their communities in North America since the 17th century. Topics will include Métis identities, family histories, communities, resistance movements, land and treaty rights.

AP/SOCI 3921 6.00 Indigenous Health and Healing: Interdisciplinary and Traditional Dialogues
This course takes an interdisciplinary and multi-faceted approach to topics related to health issues and illnesses affecting indigenous cultures and a comparison of approaches to healing and wellness (both traditional and non-traditional). Course credit exclusions: none.

AS/SOSC 4351 6.00 Indigenous Peoples and Law
This course examines traditional foundations of aboriginal law, the impact of colonization on Indigenous law ways, and current socio-legal issues in Indigenous communities. Course credit exclusions: none. * please note that this course is only open to REI students who are taking the Law and Society certificate or who are doing a double major with Law and Society.

Indigenous Studies courses offered in other Faculties

ED/EDUC 2200 3.00 Issues in Indigenous Education
This course explores wide-ranging issues in Indigenous education. It is grounded in Indigenous understandings and practices of education. It explores the ongoing impact of colonization, promotes decolonizing approaches by challenging deficit thinking and presents successful educational models with the possibility of practitioners integrating aspects of these methods into personal practice.

ENVS 3170 3.0 Indigenous Environmental Thought
This course will explore various traditional Aboriginal processes of "coming to know" the environment. Students will be guided through an examination of these Aboriginal relationships, as they existed traditionally, through times of critical change, and into the present. The underlying theme of this course will focus on individual, regional and national ways of "being and becoming" environmentally responsible moving outwards towards a global responsibility. Prerequisite: third or fourth year standing, or permission of the instructor.

FA FACS 3900M 3.00 Arts and Cultures: Indigenous Cultures
Focuses on issues of post-coloniality and art from two specific cultural contexts of aboriginal or indigenous peoples that are of North American First Nations cultures and Aboriginal peoples of Australia. We will take a close look at the uses and abuses of traditional art, culture and ritual as well as their more modern reformations and appropriations in the global community. Participation may include field trips to museums, art galleries, dance and music performances, cinemas or theatres. Prerequisites: FA/FACS 1900 6.00 and third year standing or permission of the course director.

FA Film 4710 6.00 First Nations in Film and Television
Description forthcoming.

FA/VISA 2750 6.00 Art of North America Before 1900
Surveys North American art from earliest creative activity until the late 19th century, beginning with Indigenous cultures and moving to issues arising in colonial contexts of conquest, colonization and the construction of national identities in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Open to non-majors.

FA/VISA 3350A 6.00 Representation of Indigenous North Americans in Art & Popular Visual Culture
Offers an exploration of images of Indigenous North Americans in art and popular culture from Medieval visual precedents such as the Wildman until the present. Indigenous responses to these representations will sometimes be explored through the work of contemporary artists. Open to non-majors with third or fourth year standing.

FA/VISA 3350C 3.00 History of Indigenous North American Art
Surveys the Indigenous art of North America from the earliest known forms of visual expression to the present. Art works are considered within larger cultural and political contexts, including the impact of (and resistance to) colonialism. Problems of historical knowledge are also introduced, raising questions about representation in contexts such as the museum, historical texts and Indigenous oral tradition. Course credit exclusion: FA/VISA 3350C 3.00 prior to 2006.

FA/VISA 3350D 3.00 Contemporary Aboriginal Art of North America
Offers a survey on the artistic traditions of the woodlands and eastern Canada; enhances an understanding of the artistic expression of this region and provides a foundation for an appreciation of contemporary issues such as appropriation, personal and cultural identity. The economic, social and political influences and the environment in which contemporary North American native art is created, disseminated and exhibited is explored. Historical regional and contemporary styles as well as the work of individual artists is also examined. Prerequisite: a 2000 level survey course in art history or permission of the course director. Course credit exclusion: FA/VISA 3350D 3.00 prior to 2006.

FA/VISA 3750 3.00 Art of Colonial America
Offers a one semester lecture course dealing with the histories of visual arts in Canada, the United States and Mexico from European conquest to the 19th century. It explores a wide range of arts from these countries in the context of conquest, colonization, revolution, expansion, race and ethnicity, gender and the search for national identity. Prerequisite: third year standing. Open to non-majors.

FA/VISA 4351D 3.00 Issues in Contemporary Indigenous Art of North America
Explores important and timely issues in contemporary indigenous art of North America. Seminars proceed through in-depth critical discussion of key readings in each area and the presentation and analysis of research. Prerequisite: third or fourth year standing. Open to non-majors.

FA/VISA 4800I 3.00 Art of the Arctic
This course examines various contemporary, modern and traditional Inuit and First Peoples' creative practices of the northern circumpolar region including video, new media and television, sculpture, printmaking, material culture and oral tradition.

GL/SOSC 2630 3.00 First Nations of Canada
Perspectives on Inuit and Indian communities of Canada; cultural and linguistic diversity; traditional economic and social organization; religion and art; the impact of Western society; and contemporary strategies for survival.