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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in Western Canada it is necessary to understand how colonial myths, stereotypes and terminology are embedded into historical documents, (mis)understandings, and representations, and how these are used and countered by Indigenous peoples.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 Indigenous peoples to represent themselves and be heard over Western imaginings of whom, where and when Indigenous people are. However, this is changing and there are now efforts to work towards Indigenization, decolonization and reconciliation in Canada.

Studying this module will help you to unpick a multitude of historical perspectives on Indigenous history in Western Canada 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 histories and will explore how these counter and unsettle contact, colonial, and settler narratives. You will explore how current issues are informed and misinformed 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.