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Indigenous Studies II – Resistance & Resurgence

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DEVS 221/3.0

Indigenous Studies II highlights the resilience and resistance of Indigenous communities as they grapple with gendered settler colonialism.  The course examines Indigenous knowledge and governance within the settler nation state and the re-building of Indigenous communities. Topics include contemporary issues in Indigenous healing, art, teaching and learning, Indigenous activism, and socio-political life. Students engage in work that centers the voices of Indigenous people.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the winter term

Learning Outcomes

After completing DEVS 221, students will be better able to:

  1. Discuss the historical and ongoing basis of Indigenous-settler government conflict, including how capitalism and extractivism, as extensions of settler-colonialism, function to undermine Indigenous sovereignty;  

  1. Discuss barriers to spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health for Indigenous Peoples and what is needed to support the healing of unresolved historical intergenerational trauma so that Indigenous peoples can survive and thrive;  

  1. Critically read, analyze, communicate about, and reflect on key research conducted by Indigenous people in a variety of disciplines, and respectfully amplify Indigenous voices on issues related to gendered settler colonialism and Indigenous resistance and resurgence; 

  1. Identify various forms of resistance and resurgence and their impacts, and ways to engage in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and movements/collective action.  

  1. Develop and implement collaborative inquiry skills required to respond to essential questions related to Indigenous peoples. 

  1. Apply elements of Indigenous ways of knowing (emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical) to learning. 


Topics at a Glance

Module 1 (East, Tobacco, Spring)

  • Week 1: Introduction to Indigenous Peace
  • Week 2: The Land and Belonging
  • Week 3: Colonized and Decolonized Environments

Module 2 (South, Sweetgrass, Summer)

  • Week 4: Conflicting Interests
  • Week 5: Mediating Change
  • Week 6: "Aboriginal" Social Development

Module 3 (West, Cedar, Fall)

  • Week 7: Canada's Failure - History of UNDRIP
  • Week 8: Reconciliation?
  • Week 9: Indigenous Activism, Indigenous Art

Module 4 (North, Sage, Winter)

  • Week 10: Indigenous Community Development
  • Week 11: Indigenous Resurgence
  • Week 12: Intergenerational Wellness


Course Resources


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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


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Grading Scheme

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

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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.

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Non-Queen’s Students

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