Indigenous Studies (INST) 370

The Métis (Revision 2)

INST 370 course cover

Revision 2 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 370 is a cross-listed course—a course available under two different disciplines—with HIST 370. INST 370 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NTST 370 or HIST 370.

Centre: Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research

INST 370 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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INST 370 traces the historical development of Canada's Métis from the period of the fur trade to the present. It includes discussion and debates about the origins of Métis nationalism, the validity of Métis land claims, and the character of Métis struggles for social justice from the Seven Oaks rebellion of 1816 through the two Northwest rebellions to the present.

It also examines the changes in the lives of Métis women that occurred as a result of the impact of churches, education, and racism. Throughout there is an attempt to examine the evolving character of Métis societies and the impact of Euro-Canadian government policies on these societies.


  • Unit 1: Métis Identities and Origins
  • Unit 2: The Historic Métis Nation to 1869
  • Unit 3: The Métis Diaspora, 1870-1890
  • Unit 4: The Re-Emergence of the Métis, 1890-1950
  • Unit 5: Land Claims
  • Unit 6: Les Métisses in the Canadian West


To receive credit for INST 370, 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 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
15% 20% 25% 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 onlineCalendar.

Course Materials


Payment, Dianne. 1990. “The Free People-Otipemisiwak” Batoche, Saskatchewan 1870-1930. Ottawa: National Historic Parks and Sites.

Peterson, Jacqueline and Jennifer Brown, (eds.). 1985. The New Peoples: Being and Becoming Métis in North America. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.

Electronic Reading

Pannekoek, Frits. A Snug Little Flock: The Social Origins of the Riel Resistance, 1869-1870. 1991. Winnipeg: Watson and Dwyer.

Dobbin, Murray. One-and-a-Half Men: The Story of Jim Brady and Malcolm Norris.

Other materials

The course materials include a study guide, a student manual and a reading file.

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 370 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 2, March 14, 2008.

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