Indigenous Studies II - Resistance and Resurgence

DEVS 221/3.0

Turtle crossing sign and principal's dream course graphic


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

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.