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Charlotte Cote
AIS 461
Seattle Campus

First Nations Government and Politics in Canada

Focuses on First Nations government and politics in Canada. Examines development of First Nations political governing structures with an introduction to the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles in Native political cultures. Explores federal Indian policy in context of First Nations strategies to become self-governing. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 426.

Class description

This course focuses on First Nations government and politics in Canada. We will examine the development of First Nations political governing structures in Canada, which will provide students with an introduction to the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles in Native political cultures. We will explore the various Canadian Government Acts and policies that impacted Native people, and study the strategies developed by First Nations to maintain control over their communities in an attempt to be self-governing.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture/seminar formant

Recommended preparation

Keep up with the required readings for each day of class and be prepared to discuss important issues raised in the readings and lectures. Films will be shown in class but students will have the chance to rescreen these films at the media library.

Class assignments and grading

All the assignments are take home assignments. Students will be given specific instructions for each assignment and will be give a certain amount of time to complete these assignments at home.

The basis on which grades are assigned will be discussed the first day of classes.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Charlotte Cote
Date: 11/15/2010