Indigenous Perspectives and Realities

Quick Info
(3833.04)  Seminar
Instructor(s)
Professor D. McGregor
Winter
4 credit(s)  3 hour(s);
Presentation
This is an experiential learning course. Students are expected to participate in all aspects
of the course, including lectures, class discussions, land-based and experiential learning activities.
Course delivery includes, guest lectures, videos, podcasts, storywork and news stories drawn from real
world examples. Students are required to complete assigned experiential activities on their own, wherever they are located.

Note: This course satisfies the Indigenous and Aboriginal Law Requirement.
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement
Yes
Praxicum
Yes

This course will introduce students to fundamentals of knowledge systems that inform  
Indigenous understandings of law, justice, governance and treaties.  It is intended to provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the lived experience of Indigenous peoples in Canada.   This course is offered as an experiential education opportunity that will assist students in gaining familiarity, in a variety of contexts, with the diversity of Indigenous worldviews, ontologies and epistemologies that frame Indigenous reality.  The course will examine major political, educational, economic, legal, and cultural issues facing Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada in both present-day and historical contexts.  Course material will be drawn from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Ipperwash Inquiry, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Murdered Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry; as well as other materials that provide insights into the contemporary reality of Indigenous peoples. As the main goal of the course is for students to demonstrate a sound appreciation for the perspectives and realities of Indigenous peoples, students will learn directly from Indigenous peoples through guest speakers and assigned multi-media.  Students will be required to participate in land based  and experiential activities outside of the law school; there will be a remote option for students to fulfill these requirements remotely.   The course will be framed around the concept of ‘place’ (e.g., urban  
Toronto) and explore relationships to place from a variety of experiential perspectives (e.g., Indigenous, ally, settler Canadian, newcomer).  
NOTE: This winter 2022 description replicates the description for the fall 2021 section of this same  
course. Moving from the remote teaching context for the fall course to the (expected) in-person teaching  of the winter term section may result in some adjustments – including to evaluation methods. Therefore, please enrol for this course in full knowledge that the present description for winter term will be updated with a final one, which may not be circulated until during fall term.