Invitation to History: Treaty Relationships in North America (HIST*1050) | College of Arts

Invitation to History: Treaty Relationships in North America (HIST*1050)

Code and section: HIST*1050*02

Term: Winter 2019

Instructor: Brittany Luby


Course Synopsis:

This course will explore the history and nature of treaty making between First Nations and the Crown from the Treaty of Peace and Friendship (1760) to the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (1975). It will examine what the terms of treaty reveal about how First Nations and the Crown valued land and natural resources. This course will also explore the concept of “imagined futures,” particularly what the terms of treaty can teach us about how Indigenous and non-Indigenous negotiators envisioned their lives together. Students will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of treaty history by engaging with treaty documents and oral testimonies.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Participation @ 15% (Cumulative)
Library Assignment @ 10% (due 26 January 2016)
Written Assignment @ 20% (due 28 February 2016)
Treaty Portfolio @ 30% (due 28 March 2016)
Final Exam @ 25% (TBA)

Texts and/or Resources Required:

J.R. Miller; Compact, Contract, Covenant: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in Canada (University of Toronto Press)

Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.