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Issues and Themes in Canadian Literature II

Decolonization in Canadian and Indigenous Science Fiction

Artwork by Tsista Kennedy (Anishinaabe), member of Indigenous Friends Association (who features his artwork)
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Wanna time travel? Explore space? How about de-program a rogue AI hell-bent on revenge? Ever wondered what those little squiggly lines in your peripherals are (or worse yet, what they want from you?) Sign up for ENGL 285: Decolonization in Canadian and Indigenous Science Fiction to find out what the “science” of science fiction looks, smells, tastes, and sounds like from Cree, Anishinaabe, Haisla, Haudenosaunee, and other Indigenous perspectives.  


Students can expect to read short stories from a range of recently published Indigenous sci-fi collections, including:

  • Grace Dillon’s (Anishinaabe) Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (2012)
  • Drew Hayden Taylor’s (Ojibwe) Take Us to Your Chief: and Other Stories (2016)
  • Joshua Whitehead’s (Oji-Cree) Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction (2020)


Assessments will consist of:

  • Building toward a final paper
  • May include an essay outline and annotated bibliography


  • Level 2 or above

Additional information

ENGL 284 and 285 are independent courses. Neither is a prerequisite for the other, so students may take either one, or both, as they prefer.

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.