Fall/Winter Timetable

POL410H1F L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2391H1F L0101

Topics in Comparative Politics III

Indigenous Research Consortium


This seminar explores issues in contemporary Indigenous politics from Indigenous perspectives. We begin the seminar with a brief summary of the legal and political relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state from the Hawthorn Report (1966-67) to the present. In the second part of the seminar, we turn to three contemporary issues in Indigenous politics: Indigenous relationships to land (with a focus on Maori people), the politics of land acknowledgements, and Black and Indigenous politics. In the third part of the seminar, as a culminating class exercise, we revisit the problem of how we can best listen to Indigenous peoples “in and on their own terms.” The seminar asks three questions: How should we understand Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their homelands? What is the Canadian state’s contemporary understanding of the Treaty relationship? And third, how should we – meaning all of us – understand the contemporary Treaty relationship?

Prerequisite: 2.0 credits in POL/ JPA/ JPF/ JPI/ JPR/ JPS/ JRA courses


Robyn Maynard and Leanne Simpson, Rehearsals for Living

Format and Requirements

Three short essays (15%); Semester-long Journal writing project (70%); Packback Participation (15%)