Métis Identity and History in Canada
Joseph Wiebe, University of Alberta, Augustana
This course traces the history of Métis people from their beginnings in the seventeenth century. It focuses on the concept of ethnogenesis to explore thematic issues in Métis history. The course explores the various factors involved in the emergence of distinctive Métis cultural and political identities, why they developed where they did and not elsewhere, and therefore why they are set apart historically and politically from other various communities of people with mixed Indigenous and European descent. It further investigates the changing social and economic landscape of “mixed race” people within the broader racial ideologies in Canadian society during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics for examination include fur trade, migration, political activism, labour, religion, gender, family life, warfare, material culture and the relationship of Métis people to the Canadian state.
Summer Field School: Indian Education Past and Present
Dates for online component: May 20 - 26 2019.
Dates of on-site component in Minnesota: May 27 - June 7 2019 on the campus of the University of Minnesota Morris.
50% of program cost due by March 30, 100% of program cost due by April 30
Open to all COPLAC students, this three credit course offers students the opportunity to study the history of Indian residential schools and their ongoing legacy in the United States and Canada. Students will use indigenous literature, film, and historical texts to gain a comparative understanding of residential schools in North America; they will then produce public resource materials on the Indian residential school experience. In addition to on-site work at what was once the Morris Industrial School for Indians, students will travel to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, near Lake Traverse, South Dakota, and to the White Earth Nation Reservation in Northern Minnesota, to learn about contemporary indigenous education. Program costs are $950 for on-campus students and $700 for on-campus students and include:
- Room and Board at the University of Minnesota-Morris, transportation from Minneapolis airport to Morris campus, and ground transportation to off campus sites.
Additional costs include:
- Registration fees at your home campus for a summer course.
- Incidental meals while travelling to Sisseton-Wahpeton and White Earth.
- Roundtrip Airfare to Minneapolis (the program can provide limited financial assistance for airfare. Check with your campus faculty representative.)
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