Indigenous Studies (INST) 357

Contemporary Aboriginal Issues in Canada (Revision 1)

INST 357 course cover

Temporarily closed, effective April 8, 2021

Delivery Mode: Grouped study (check availability)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: INST 357 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NTST 357.

Centre: Nukskahtowin

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INST 357 explores selected contemporary social, economic, and political issues surrounding the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. The course examines five main themes: 1) historical background related to the traditional Aboriginal, social, economic, and political institutions; 2) Canadian federal government “Indian Policy of Assimilation” based on the BNA and the Indian Act; 3) self-government as perceived by Aboriginal peoples; 4) fiscal arrangement and the delivery of programs and services in indigenous communities; and 5) the implementation of the federal and provincial governments' policy of economic development in Aboriginal communities.


  • Unit 1: An Historical Background: Traditional Indigenous Social, Economic, Political, and Religious Institutions
  • Unit 2: Canada's “Indian Policy” based on the BNA and Indian Act
  • Unit 3: The Concept of Indigenous Government
  • Unit 4: The Federal and Provincial Governments' Program and Service Delivery Practices
  • Unit 5: Economic Development Process in Aboriginal Communities


To receive credit for INST 357, you must complete successfully the following assignments. The weighting of the composite course grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Quiz 10%
Midterm Exam 25%
Term Paper 40%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Adams, H. 1975. Prison of Grass. Toronto: General Publishing.

Bartlett, Richard. 1988. The Indian Act of Canada. Saskatoon: Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan.

Bear, L. L., M. Boldt, and J. A. Long, eds. 1984. Pathways to Self-Determination: Canadian Indians and the Canadian State. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Hawkes, D. C., ed. 1989. Aboriginal Peoples and Government Responsibility: Exploring Federal and Provincial Roles. Ottawa: Carleton University Press.

Other materials

Students are encouraged to view Legacy, Land, Power, and the First Nations and War Against the Indians.

Current Grouped Study Locations

Current as of: October-26-2017 10:51

Sorry "inst357" is not offered by Grouped Study at present.

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Opened in Revision 1.