History (HIST) 369

Indigenous Peoples in Canada Since 1830 (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: Three credits in either Canadian history or Native/Indigenous studies are strongly recommended but not required.

Precluded Course: HIST 369 is a cross-listed course—a course available under two different disciplines—with INST 369. HIST 369 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NTST 369 or INST 369.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 369 introduces major themes in the political, social, and economic history of Canada's first peoples from 1830 to the modern era.

Throughout the course we see the conflicts between government and First Nations objectives and worldviews. Among topics approached are the conflicting views of governments and Native peoples regarding the meaning of treaties, the conflict between European-Canadian goals of economic development and First Nations efforts to maintain control over their traditional lands, and political and cultural efforts of Native peoples over time to assert their rights within Canada.


  • Unit 1: Colonialism and Natives of Western Canada, 1830-1900
  • Unit 2: Residential Schools
  • Unit 3: Native Women’s Agency in the Fur Trade and under Colonialism
  • Unit 4: Colonialism and Native Peoples of the North, Central Canada, and the Atlantic Region, 1830-1900
  • Unit 5: Native Peoples Confront Twentieth Century Canada
  • Unit 6: Native Resistance and Ongoing Struggles


To receive credit for HIST 369, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a mark of at least 50 percent on the final examination, and obtain a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Evaluation Activity Units Covered Credit Weight Due Date
Assignment 1 Unit 1 & 2 30% Week 10
Assignment 2 Unit 3 & 4 30% Week 21
Final Exam All Units 40% Week 26
Total 100%

The final examination 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


Ray, Arthur J. An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began. 4th ed., McGill-Queen's UP, 2016. (eBook)

Other Resources

Online materials include a Student Manual, Course Manual, a Study Guide, Assignments, and a Digital Reading Room.  The Student Manual provides general information while the other materials are all specific to this course.

The online materials also include Course Mail, Assignment Drop Boxes, Discussion Forums, and a Moodle Training site. Go to the Moodle Training site if you experience difficulties using any of the online course features

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 HIST 369 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.

Opened in Revision 4, October 16, 2015.

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