Indigenous Arts and Cultures | Arts and Science ONLINE

Indigenous Arts & Cultures

FREN 239/3.0

This online course is intended for professionals engaging with Indigenous arts and contexts in a range of work environments: education, arts and culture, government, granting agencies, NGOs, community and international organizations, as well as other areas. It is designed to provide learners with the oral and written skills necessary to accurately understand and effectively engage with Indigenous arts and contexts in the workplace.

NOTE: This course is not intended for fluent French speakers.

NOTE: Not available for credit towards any Plan in FREN

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to

  • Use context-specific French vocabulary related to Indigenous arts and contexts
  • Demonstrate that they have understood the meaning of texts, videos, and audio recordings in French.
  • Express an opinion and offer a personal reflection or commentary in written French.
  • Express ideas clearly and coherently during an oral presentation in French
  • Actively participate in a conversation in French on a topic of interest
  • Apply the rules of grammar at an intermediate level (as defined by the DELF-B2)
  • Use reference works and applications to improve their writing style and edit their work in French
  • Identify common themes explored by Indigenous artists
  • Identify reference works written in French regarding art and Indigenous contexts


This online course offers opportunities to engage with Francophone Indigenous artists and communities, in Canada and beyond. In accordance with Indigenous methodologies, learners will explore a wide range of examples of contemporary Indigenous artistic expression in literature, the visual arts, and the performing arts, as well as multidisciplinary works. Indigenous artists featured in the course include Tomson Highway, Alanis Obomsawin, Joséphine Bacon, Yves Sioui Durand, Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui, and several others. Students will engage with artworks through close readings of texts, active listening, reflecting on their personal impressions of an artwork, engaging in group discussion, and collaborating on group projects. Learners will learn to examine Indigenous artworks within their broader cultural context by examining key documents and other materials relevant to Indigenous contexts, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and the UNESCO report on the international year of Indigenous languages. Students will acquire and develop context-specific vocabulary, speak and write in grammatically-correct French, and improve their writing style by taking advantage of linguistic resources, such as Antidote. Students will develop the communication skills necessary to work effectively in bilingual settings, whether workplace communication is in French and English or French and an Indigenous language.

NOTE: This course is not intended for fluent French speakers.

NOTE: This course credit will not apply towards a degree program in French Studies.


Winter 2023
Course Dates: 
Jan. 9 – Apr, 10, 2023
Exam Dates: 
April 14-27, 2023


10% - Antidote (functions and correcting)
15% - Oral Presentation
15% - Proctored Midterm Exam
20% - Completion of Weekly Tasks
10% - Written Assignment - Personal Reflections
10% - Written Assignment - Reflection based on Group Discussion
20% - Proctored Final Exam

*Evaluation Subject to Change*


Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


When you enroll in this online course, you are agreeing to write tests, quizzes, and block theory exams online with remote proctoring. The benefits of this are that you can complete the exam in your own space using your own computer. For each assessment, you will be using exam software developed at Queen’s, which is integrated with an online proctoring system. To ensure a successful exam experience, you are responsible for ensuring that your computer meets the Evaluation and Grading Policies.
8 minimum technical requirements, as described on the course web page, and that you are located in an area with sufficient high speed internet at the time of the exam. You will be given the opportunity to practice the exam initiation process in advance of any quizzes, tests or exams that require the use of this software.


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Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend on average about 10 hours per week completing relevant readings, assignments, and course activities.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
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How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks, if required, can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.