Indigenous Studies (INST) 369

History of Canada's First Nations from 1830 (Revision 3)

INST 369 course cover

Revision 3 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study (check locations)

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: 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 World Indigenous Knowledge and Research

INST 369 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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%

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


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, and a book of readings.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they 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 for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the INST 369 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Current Grouped Study Locations

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 3, March 13, 2008.

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