Anthropology (ANTH) 362

First Peoples of Canada (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: ANTH 275 or HIST 224 or HIST 225 or INST 203 or INST 205

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 362 provides an introduction to the diversity of cultures in Canadian First Peoples, including those people who identify as First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. Students will be exposed to ethnographic content through textbooks, ethnographic texts, and film. This course is divided into geographical linguistic and culture areas, providing students with a wide breadth of precolonization, colonization, and current perspectives, including truth and reconciliation, from case studies across the country. An introductory course in cultural or social anthropology is a recommended prerequisite for this course.


The course consists of the following ten units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: The Arctic
  • Unit 3: The Eastern Subarctic
  • Unit 4: The Western Subarctic
  • Unit 5: The Eastern Woodlands
  • Unit 6: The Plains
  • Unit 7: The Plateau
  • Unit 8: Northwest Coast
  • Unit 9: Conclusion
  • Unit 10: Truth and Reconciliation

Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of ANTH 362: First Peoples of Canada, students should be able to do the following:

  • Recognize the complex cultural and linguistic diversity of First Peoples of Canada
  • Dispel stereotypes and overgeneralizations about First Peoples of Canada
  • Use ethnographic materials to support anthropological arguments about First Peoples of Canada
  • Provide cultural and historical insight into current political conflicts regarding First Peoples’ rights in Canada
  • Understand the context and content of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report


To receive credit for ANTH 362, you must complete and submit two assignments and a series of study journals, achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each of the examinations, and achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent) for the course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting Due
Study Journals 10% At the end of each unit
Midterm Exam 25% After Unit 4
Event Observation 15% After Unit 6
Research Term Paper 25% After Unit 10
Final Exam 25% After Unit 10 and after all assignments have been completed and submitted
Total 100%  

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Ghostkeeper, Elmer. Spirit Gifting: The Concept of Spiritual Exchange. Raymond, AB: Writing on Stone Press, 2007.

Wilson, Roderick C., and Christopher Fletcher, eds. Native Peoples: The Canadian Experience, 4th ed. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Other Materials

All other course materials can be found online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ANTH 362 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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