Indigenous Arts and Cultures

FREN 239/3.0


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.

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


Winter 2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


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*

Proctored Exams

If a student is enrolled in ONLY online courses (section 700), they may choose either of the following options to write the exam:

  • Write the final exam online: you will write in onQ with Examity proctoring. A $100 online exam fee will be charged to your SOLUS account.  
  • Write the final exam in-person: you will write on Queen’s campus in Kingston. You will not be charged an extra fee to write on campus. 

If a student is enrolled in ANY in-person courses (section 001, 002, etc), you MUST write all your final exams in-person on Queen’s campus, including for an online course. You may not choose to write your exams online. 

Instructor Information

Isabelle St-Amand (

Textbook and Materials

The following required text is available from the Queen’s University Bookstore:

Annie Hemingway, Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar, Fourth edition. McGraw Hill, 2020. ISBN: 9781260463170  

In addition, students will be required to purchase Antidote 10, writing assistance software.

All other required and recommended materials will be available through OnQ.

Time Commitment

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