This foundational course will provide students with an introduction to local First Nations culture and local knowledge of the north and central coasts of British Columbia. It will provide a pre-contact and historical context of First Nations communities, while developing a personal and regional awareness. The effects of colonialism on the northwest coast will be introduced, such as residential schools, anti-potlatch laws, and the threats to indigenous languages. First Nations knowledge keepers will be invited into the classroom or will be visited in the field to illuminate local and traditional knowledge. Students will keep a reflective journal throughout the course of the module for their final project and paper.
Admission to the Guardian Watchmen Program