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Indigenous Studies (INST) 369
History of Canada's First Nations from 1830 (Revision 2)

Revision 2 March 13, 2008, replaced by current version.

Delivery mode: Individualized study or grouped study.

Credits: 3 - Humanities

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

Precluded course: INST 369 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with HIST 369. INST 369 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for NTST 369 and HIST 369.

Centre: Centre for State and Legal Studies

INST 369 has a Challenge for Credit option.


INST 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: First Nations of the Plains: 1830 to 1880

Unit 2: Metis, Cree, and Blackfoot

Unit 3: Aboriginal Peoples of the Northwest, North, Central Canada, and the East Coast, 1830 to 1900

Unit 4: Aboriginal Peoples Struggles in the Twentieth Century


To receive credit for INST 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:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Final Exam Total
30% 30% 40% 100%

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

Course Materials


Abel, Kerry. 2nd. ed. 2005. Drum Songs: Glimpses of Dene History. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Ray, Arthur J. 1996. I Have Lived Here Since the World Began. Toronto: Lester Publishing/Key Porter Books.

Treaty Seven Elders and Tribal Council. 1996. The True Spirit and Original Intention of Treaty 7. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Other materials

The course materials include a study guide, student manual, book of readings and forms.