November 3 2017
Professor Raibmon from the Department of History is teaching a course on the Indigenouus People and Land in BC in January 2018.
History 469: Indigenous Peoples and Land in BC
Rights, Resistance, Resurgence
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Indigenous peoples have neither ceded nor surrendered their title to most of the territory commonly referred to as “British Columbia.” Accordingly, all people living here today have inherited what nineteenth-century settlers dubbed “the Indian Land Question.” Over the past one hundred and fifty years Indigenous people never stopped putting this “question” to settler society and government. They continue to do so in intensified ways within the context of resource development and infrastructure projects on their lands. We will consider the range of strategies that Indigenous peoples have used in this struggle including the courts, treaties, direct action, and international law. We will ask too: How and why has settler society managed to avoid addressing and recognizing Aboriginal title for over a century? What are the implications of the unceded status of most of British Columbia for the future, and for attempts at decolonization or reconciliation? This course examines these questions by tracing the history of Indigenous activism and settler policy around the so-called “land question” from the mid-nineteenth century to today. Required readings include primary historical documents, autobiography, and scholarly analyses. We will pay particular attention to Musqueam and Haida case studies, and will feature guest speakers. Some previous knowledge of Indigenous studies and/or history is encouraged.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00
Instructor: Paige Raibmon
This course takes place on the unceded, ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ə(Musqueam) People.
• Arthur Manuel with Ronald Derricksen, Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call
• Bev Sellars, Price Paid: Aboriginal Rights in Canada
• Susan Roy, These Mysterious People: Shaping History And Archaeology In A Northwest
• Mark Dowie, The Haida Gwaii Lesson: A Strategic Playbook for Indigenous Sovereignty