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First Nations British Columbia -ANTH 220. 2016-17: Term 1.


Course Description

Looking for a course that is oriented to real world issues? Consider ANTH 220 First Nations BC.

Recent court decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada underscores the importance of a solid understanding of First Nations issues, peoples, and practices. Major energy projects such Enbridge Northern Gateway or Kinder Morgan’s TransCanada pipeline must take into consideration aboriginal rights and title- but most people living in BC and Canada really don’t understand what that means. The recent court decisions have come as a major surprise to many people. Fact is issues around First Nations’ ownership, rights, and title are and will be critical to the economic development of BC and Canada.

This provides a basic introduction to the first peoples of British Columbia, their resources and their economies. Topics covered include: an overview of the people and the place; the involvement of aboriginal peoples in the industrial economy, and; the processes of decolonialization.

Students planning careers in education, natural resource management, health care, or social science research are encouraged to enroll.

This is a course that provides a critical contemporary primer to key issues facing economic and social development in BC and the ways that First Nations are at the center of these issues.

If you’re up for the journey and what to learn about something that will have a real world impact enroll in the course today!

Required Textbooks

  • Charles Menzies. People of the Saltwater Nebraska 2016.
  • Ronald Niezen. Truth and Indignation. UTP 2013.
  • Eden Robinson. Monkey Beach. Random House 2001.

Course Outline

Course outline will be handed out in class on September 8, 2016.

Additional Materials: Unless otherwise noted -Only materials not in the course books are posted here.

Material will be added as required.


  • Introduction to Makuk, by John Lutz

  • Feature Article: First Nations of BC, by Charles Menzies

Case Studies

  • BC First Nations Studies. Chatper 1 Chatper 2 Chatper 3
  • Naxaxalhts'i, We have to take care of everything.


  • Extract from ship's log (Charles Bishop, 1795)

  • Adawxk of Sabaan

Colonialsim and the Emergence of the New Economy

  • Social Change and the Creation of Underdevelopment

  • Makuk, by John Lutz. Chapter 7: The White Problem.

Natural Resource Governance Approaches

  • Menzies & Butler. Introduction in Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Natural Resource Management.

  • Butler. Researching Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Multiple Uses.

Decolonizing Research

  • Journal of Native Education Vol. 28 (1&2)[Papers by Lewis and Menzies]

  • Reflections on research

Enacting Sovereignty

  • Highliners and Moneymakers: Understanding Accommodation and Resistance in the Sto:lo Commercial Fishery(Brown)

  • Unflinching Resistance (Sterritt)

Study Aids

Lesson Plans (Unit 4 has the materials related to forestry).

Course resources for ANTH 403 Ts'msyen People and their Neighbours.




Last reviewed 23-August-2016

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Charles R. Menzies, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
University of British Columbia
6303 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC. V6T 1Z1
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