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Topics in Canadian History: The Geography, History, and Ecology of Anishinaabewaki: Anishinaabeg in the Great Lakes Basin, 1000ce-1867

A painting with a yellow background featuring a brown canoe with 6 human figures and one dog-like figure in the canoe, a bird sitting at the front of the canoe, and two fish below the canoe who appear to be underwater.
Norval Morrisseau, Migration 1973 Acrylic on canvas 90.6 x 126 cm Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

This upper-level undergraduate course privileges an Indigenous studies methodology of place-based experiential learning on the land and along the waterways, in combination with more traditional historical and literary methodologies, like archival research and textual analysis. Rather than relying exclusively on classroom learning and traditional pedagogical methods, this course seeks to examine more closely Indigenous histories and historical geographies by working in collaboration with local archives, museums, art galleries, and historical sites. This course is interdisciplinary drawing upon methodologies from Indigenous studies, ethnohistory, geography, environmental history, literary studies, and material culture studies. By bringing these methodologies together, this course seeks to bring a fresh and unique perspective to the Great Lakes basin. The course explores Anishinaabe history, natural and built landscapes, settler colonialism, treaty history, the Indian Act, the colonial legacies of Canada and the United States, and habits of commemoration in eastern Ontario. The course culminates with a major research project presentation shared with community members and local archives/museum organizations.  

Non-History students may also be eligible to enroll in this course based on special permission and availability. If you are not a History student but wish to take this seminar, please contact

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




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