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NAC 1O1 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures

This course examines Aboriginal cultures in Canada through an exploration of art forms - painting, sculpture, storytelling, dance, and music - created by Aboriginal artists. Students will learn to identify Aboriginal art forms and describe relationships between the art forms and Aboriginal traditions, philosophy, and culture. Students will also create their own art forms to express their understanding of Aboriginal identity, relationships, and sovereignty.

NAC 2O1 Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

This course emphasizes historical and contemporary issues that affect the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian governments. Students will examine legal, political, social and economic issues; key aspects of the Indian Act and its revisions that have an impact on the daily lives of Aboriginal persons; the differen types of relationships that Aboriginal peoples have established with other nations throughout history; and the methodology of historical inquiry.

NBE 3C1 Contemporary Aboriginal Voices

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills through the study of works in English by Aboriginal writers. Students will study the content, form, and style of informational texts and literary and media works, and will develop an appreciation of the wealth and complexity of Aboriginal writing. Students will also write reports, correspondence, and persuasive essays, and analyze the relationship between media forms and audiences. An important focus will be on establishing appropriate voice and using business and technical language with precision and clarity.

 

NBE 3U1 Contemporary Aboriginal Voices

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills through the study of works in English by Aboriginal writers. Through the analysis of literary texts and media works, students will develop an appreciation of the wealth and complexity of Aboriginal writing. Students will also conduct research and analyse the information gathered; write persuasive and literary essays; and analyse the relationship between media forms and audiences. An important focus will be the further development of students' understanding of English-language usage and conventions.

PREREQUISITE: ENG 2U1

NBV 3C1 Beliefs, Values and Aspirations of Aboriginal Peoples in Contemporary Society

This course focuses on the diverse beliefs, values, and aspirations between First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada and the political, economic, cultural and social challenges facing Aboriginal individuals and communities from various regions and cultures. By examining their own beliefs, values and assumptions, the worldviews of others and factors that influence world views, students will appreciate how traditional and contemporary beliefs and values influence present and future aspirations of Aboriginal peoples.

PREREQUISITE: CHC 2D1, CHC 2P1 or NAC 2O1

NBV 3E1 Beliefs, Values and Aspirations of Aboriginal Peoples in Contemporary Society

This course focuses on the diverse beliefs, values, and aspirations between First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada. Students will examine issues of identity facing Aboriginal individuals and communities in connection to changing relationships with the land, nature, one another and Canada. By examining their own worldview and investigating factors that influence perspectives over time, students will develop their understanding of how traditional and contemporary beliefs and values influence present and future aspirations of Aboriginal peoples.

PREREQUISITE: CHC 2D1, CHC 2P1 or NAC 2O1

NDA 3M1 Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada

This course focuses on existing and emerging issues of national and regional importance of concern to Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Students will analyse diverse perspectives from a variety of sources such as media, academic works and public opinion polls on events and developments related to land, community, governance, identity and culture. Using political thinking concepts and the political inquiry process students will explore their own and others’ ideas, investigate an issue to determine what needs to change, why and appropriate problem-solving strategies.

PREREQUISITE: CHC 2D1, CHC 2P1 or NAC 2O1

NDG 4M1 Aboriginal Governance: Emerging Directions

This course explores various aspects of First Nations, Métis and Inuit leadership, nationhood, and governance. Students will examine how First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples relate to and negotiate with the government of Canada and other organizations including how traditional beliefs, values and cultures inform models of governance. Students will reflect on their own ideas of civic, economic and cultural leadership as they learn about how individual and community Aboriginal leaders are revitalizing and strengthening their communities.

PREREQUISITE: CGF 3M1, HPW 3C1, HSP 3U1, HSP 3C1, NBV 3C1, NDA 3M1

NDW 4M1 Issues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context

This course examines historical and contemporary issues of concern to Indigenous peoples from a global perspective. Students will explore the richness, depth, and diversity of Indigenous cultures, traditions and knowledge. They will consider how diverse Indigenous communities persevere despite recent global environmental and economic trends. Topics such as identity, social justice, human rights and abuses, spirituality, resistance and protest for change will be investigated.

PREREQUISITE: CGF 3M1, HPW 3C1, HSP 3U1, HSP 3C1, NBV 3C1, NDA 3M1

 

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