A long renegotiation of relations between Indigenous peoples and Canadian public institutions began nearly four decades ago. The renegotiation has transformed public policy in federal, provincial and territorial governments, and it has resulted in a raft of new institutions in all parts of Canada. In this course, we will examine the new policy environment for Aboriginal people in northern Canada, in historical perspective. Our focus will be on the three territories, with some attention to Labrador and northern Quebec. By all measures, “the North” should also include the northern parts of the provinces west of Quebec, but in order to keep the volume of information to a reasonable level, these are not discussed in this course. Many areas of Canadian public policy are of interest to Indigenous peoples, concerning governance, land, resources, social policy, environment, international relations, economic development, culture, language, and others. In this course we will build the basis for understand the key debates in such policy fields by focusing first on matters of land, property, treaties and “identity.” We will consider the key public policy documents in northern Indigenous affairs in historical context. Finally, we will examine several possible paths for the future, in topic areas of interest to members of the class. The subject matter for this course is both deep and wide: there is much knowledge to acquire and understanding to develop, before one can speak with confidence. The course outline is designed to provide a tour d’horizon, and to equip you for further research and thinking on these themes. There is some (limited) space for the course to be adapted to your interests. By the conclusion of the course, you should have an excellent working knowledge of the dimensions of Aboriginal political development and policy in northern Canada, in overview, advanced knowledge in one or two specific areas, and an understanding of some basic analytical frameworks for understanding these situations.
Source: Syllabus below from http://carleton.ca/sppa/academics/course-information/2013-fall-course-outlines/ accessed 5 January 2014.