L’heidli T’enneh keyoh whust’i. I acknowledge the territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, the people whose name derives from relating to the place at confluence of the two rivers we today call Nechako and Fraser. The Lheidli T’enneh were burned from their homes and relocated so the town of Prince George can be built around 1915. Like many Indigenous people, they thrive, alive and strong. I am honored to live, raise my children, and work as a professor in FNST and INTS on Lheidli T’enneh territory. As I work to educate, foster dialogue and assist in the process of reconciliation, I advocate for revitalizing Indigenous languages and cultural heritages as well as settling Indigenous land and treaty claims.

FNST 217: Contemporary Challenges Facing Aboriginal Communities

Course Times: Mondays 11:30-2:20 (Jan 5 – April 7)          

Location: on-line

Professor: Dr. Agnieszka Pawlowska-Mainville

Department: First Nations Studies, UNBC, CRN 10331

2022 Course Description: This is an interdisciplinary survey course focusing on the contemporary challenges faced by Indigenous people of Canada.  In this course, we will explore some of the issues Indigenous communities are facing today, including, but not limited to land and resource rights, identity & belonging, law & jurisprudence, political & economic discourses, language and cultural revitalization, etc.  This class consists of lectures, short student seminars, class discussions, and activities thus participation and active engagement is expected. Depending on the Covid-19 situation, there may be a class fieldtrip within Prince George. This class will most likely be on-line for the entire term, but definitely until the reading week (up and including February 14 and 28).

Required Texts:

  1. FNST 217 readings package. The readings are free on-line under ‘course schedule’ on this website. Student can also purchase the printout of the readings from the UNBC bookstore
  2. BOOK: Carrier Linguistic Society.  2013. Dakelh Calendar and Weather Terms. Fort St. James, BC: CLS

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • define and demonstrate understanding the core course concepts and terms in a critical way
  • provide examples of some broad challenges Indigenous communities are facing and be able to discuss them
  • able to communicate their ideas effectively in both oral and written formats

Calendar Course Description: This is a survey course focusing on the contemporary challenges faced by Aboriginal peoples of Canada. In this course students research and participate in seminars on the specific challenges facing Aboriginal communities today. This includes specific challenges that arise out of the broader topic areas of language and culture, land rights, economics, governance, youth, education, health, social services, violence, healing, community development, repatriation of cultural property, and decolonization.

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