Indigenous Studies (INST) 370

The Metis (Revision 3)

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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: As HIST 370 and INST 370 are cross listed—courses available under two different disciplines—one may not be taken for credit if credit has already been taken for the other. Neither HIST 370 nor INST 370 may be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NTST 370.

Centre: Nukskahtowin

INST 370 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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HIST 370/INST 370 traces the historical development of Canada's Metis from the period of the fur trade to the present. It includes discussion and debates about the origins of Metis nationalism, the validity of Metis land claims, and the character of Metis 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 Metis 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 Metis societies and the impact of Euro-Canadian government policies on these societies.


  • Introduction and Unit 1: Metis History and Identities
  • Unit 2: Metis Rights and the Law
  • Unit 3: Leadership and the Metis People
  • Unit 4: Metis Culture


To receive credit for INST 370/HIST 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:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4 15%
Final Exam 30%
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


St. Onge, Nicole, Carolyn Podruchny, and Brenda Macdougall, eds. Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility, and History. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012.  (Contains six of the readings.)

Campbell, Maria.  Halfbreed. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973.

Other Materials

The course materials include Course Information, a Study Guide, a Digital Reading Room (DRR), and access to videos and online articles.

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 370/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

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, November 9, 2016.

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