Haida Gwaii
Online Learning

Haida Gwaii Online Learning Summer Term 2 2021

July 5 to Aug 12, 2021

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HGSE 371 - Re-storying History: Indigenous Perspectives

Weekly synchronous classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am to 12:30pm Pacific

This course grounds student learning about Indigenous histories and “re-storying” by presenting the history of Haida Gwaii through Haida perspectives with stories of contemporary Haida events as well as origin stories and oral histories of the land and people. In this course students will explore the diversity of Indigenous peoples of British Columbia and Canada and consider the unique histories and relationships that Indigenous groups have with the federal, provincial and territorial governments. Topics covered in the course include: early contact with Europeans; colonialism in Canada and around the globe; Canadian and international reconciliation initiatives, and Indigenous stewardship and activism. Throughout the course, students will be reflecting on their own places of origin and histories and examine their positionality in the context of these histories leading to where they are today. As part of the Haida Gwaii Semester in Community Resilience, the purpose of this course is to have both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students share a common knowledge of the history on Turtle Island/North America, and in doing so better understanding their own home communities.

Mandatory: Unsettling Canada by Arthur Manuel (2015); and, Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii by Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson (2017)

Recommended: Athlii Gwaii: Upholding Law on Lyell Island by Jisgang Nika Collison (2018); and, A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System by John Milloy (2017)