Very informative, I really enjoyed this course. The perspectives presented were eye-opening, and it was nice to be able to learn more about Indigenous peoples and what they have endured on their land.
so grateful for the experience and the opportunity. I am richer for having participated. I am not interested in learning more about the indigenous people that lived/live in my area of the PNW (Oregon)
교육 기관: IVAN J•
As a student of Sociology I was fascinated to read about indigenous people of Canada and I could draw parallels to the impact of British Colonialism in India, and how it adversely affected tribal people here. At first I did not enjoy taking the Quizzes, but after about two Weeks, I began enjoying learning and relearning and attempting the quizzes several times over.
I feel the content in each week was a bit too detailed and heavy...and with too much emphasis of the historical events; esp the numerous Treaties and geographical descriptions.
It would have been more interesting to have interview-based learning components; A endless one-way narration got very heavy, sometimes intense, though interesting.
The quizzes could have been less focused on 'knowledge-type' questions.
All in all, I am glad to have learnt something totally new.
교육 기관: Jacques A•
Information was overwhelmingly eye opening and informative. There is so much present, it was difficult to complete the tests on my first attempts. There should be questions embedded throughout like mini quizzes to help the information absorb more readily. Also, some questions relate to such minute details, it is difficult to not want to 'cheat' and look at notes to help yourself.
Lastly, while I understand the point of view is taken from an aboriginal/Native person stand point, some phrasing comes across as equally biased as traditional colonists views, and sully's the importance of the material. It could be worded differently to have its approach more friendly, and entice more Aboriginal friendly but less knowledgeable allies to view the worldview of indigenaiety more readily.
Overall, I am pleased I selected this class.
교육 기관: Lorraine F•
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. There was so much information to process and to absorb, all of it contributing to a better understanding of , and empathy for, Indigenous Peoples and what they have, and continue, to endure. As an overview course, it provides good insight into most topics; however, there were several topics that could have used more detail or explanation., e.g., Module 10 mentioned RCAP's Community of Interest as a model, but I was unable to find it within the Report's recommendations on searching. I would have liked a definition of that model rather than a reference. Overall, and despite some contention with the quizzes, this course has taught me a lot more than the Canadian history (settler colonizer-focused) courses I took in university. Thanks to Dr. Bear and all those who contributed to this.
교육 기관: Laura B•
Very grateful to have been taught this perspective and have my eyes opened in regards to Canadian History, as well as everything brought forward in this course. I am thankful for the time and effort that was put into this course and feel appreciative that I was able to take part in this learning experience that quite frankly should be mandatory in schools. On a different note, I found the course to be repetitive at times and found it hard to stay engaged with the material being read to me in a sometimes monotone fashion. I found it easier to be present during the interviews where the individuals seemed engaged and connected to their material. The questions (questionnaire) were also sometimes worded poorly and did not seem focused on the important material covered. Overall: thank you, I am grateful.
교육 기관: Monique F•
I appreciate this course very much. I value the videos and the written documents available for each modules that caters to different learning styles and help with he pronunciation of words. I feel there could be a little more improvement with he information as i noticed some inconsistency in information. However, this is an excellent initiation into understand the experience of First Nation Peoples and to jump start interest and education about their experiences and histroy. The course helped me so much and heignten my sensitivity and awareness to the First Nations Peoples of Canada experience. As a newcomer to Canada and an aunt to niece and nephew who are of First Nation decent, I deeply value the access to this information and i am sincerely grateful.
Thank you !
교육 기관: Christine P•
Thank you for making this course readily available through Coursera. This is what has always been missing from my education for as long as I can remember. It is my firm belief and wish that the contents of this course become mandatory for all Canadians from a young age until High School graduation (at a minimum). I have a much better appreciation for the history of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and I promise to continue on my quest for more knowledge so that I can be a more effective ally. If I were to offer only one point of constructive criticism it is that I would incorporate more visuals during the presentations. Not only do people learn in different ways but visual memory is the most powerful and lasting. Again, thank you and keep up the great work!
교육 기관: Esther P•
THANK YOU for creating a course that helps introduce/present a more accurate representation of indigenous Canada. While yes, the course videos/transcripts require revision, it does not take away from the information that is relayed in the videos. At 31 years old, I was personally embarrassed by my lack of knowledge on this, and am horrified by how little of this was taught through my public education in Canada. While i have always appreciated indigenous culture, I had no idea how little I really knew. I still have a lot to learn, but am very motivated to continue my education on this, and will make a point to spread the word about this course. Again, many thanks for making this course so accessible...I look forward to taking any future courses from your Faculty!
교육 기관: Melanie T•
I found the course very interesting and informative. It was well presented and I appreciated that it provided a variety of learning methods - video / audio, reading, interactive painting, etc.
There were a lot of mistakes in the transcripts for videos, I would have appreciated the words being included and / or spelled correctly.
I did find that the quiz questions were often confusing and even when I went back and read over the materials to determine the correct answer for those I got wrong, I could not actually figure out what they were asking. The course would be better if the correct answers were shown upon completion of the quiz.
All in all a good course that I would recommend to anyone looking to learn more about Indigenous people in Canada.
교육 기관: Elly J•
Thank you. I do now have a better appreciation/understanding of the Indigenous history and the issues they have faced and are facing. My ancestors were from Russia in the early 1900’s and had to endure communism and the KGB taking my grandfather away in the middle of the night - never to be seen again. My ancestors also had their land and homes taken away from them. Unjust, difficult lives have been a common thread for previous generations in many areas of the world. It is important to acknowledge and discuss this history and mutually work together to improve conditions for all.
In one module, you discuss Winnipeg’s ’ Neechi Commons. Perhaps an update would be helpful - also what was learnt from that. I good idea but not sustainable.
교육 기관: Andrew C•
Overall I enjoyed the course. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the instructors and particularly enjoyed the videos of witnesses and historians sprinkled throughout.
The course did what I wanted it to do, it gave me a basic foundational appreciation for the struggles indigenous peoples have faced. My education at the University level came with a perspective and bias of the white male settler. As I get older I'm searching for wider, more diverse perspectives on history and this course helped me with that.
My only critical feedback is that I found it lost a little bit of steam towards the latter half. Greater care could have been used in the crafting of a number of the multiple choice questions.
Thank you for all your hard work.
교육 기관: Ronnie E•
It was amazing and I learned a lot about the different indigenous groups around Canada. Not only learning the basics on the different groups but also the history and what people may think are small details but are big stepping stones for indigenous people. The course was well organized and laid out and easy to navigate through. I really enjoyed the fact that even being located in western Canada that it encompassed all of the indigenous groups, even the ones out east. I live in Labrador and it connected ties over this way, which is great to see. The videos were spoken clear and concise and to see and hear of the guest speakers was amazing. Great course. I selected 4 stars, only because there is always room for improvement.
교육 기관: Laura H•
I enjoyed the course and I am an urban metis woman born in Manitoba and raised in Alberta by a settler family I often felt I didn't fit in on either side of the spectrum as I am not classified as full blood or recognized by the Metis as I have never lived in a settlement and have been disconnected from my culture My bloodlines indicate that I am metis. Learning about how the Metis people have adapted to the urban culture has made me realize I do fit on the spectrum and that is as an urban Metis Woman. Thank you to all who put this course together as I have learned a lot about the indigenous culture and can now look at the world through different eyes Better eyes. ( Not a review but a perspective )
교육 기관: Kevin B•
The course was relatively deep in information and provided a very good overview of the historic and current challenges facing Indigenous peoples in Canada. It also offered a look into the efforts of Indigenous peoples to gain recognition and take control of their destinies based on unique Indigenous governance models. My only criticism is that some sections attempted to provide too much information all at once and I felt that in those cases one would get loss in the breadth of coverage and detailed information presented. Otherwise I felt that this was a fantastic initiative that will certainly help non-indigenous Canadians better understand the Indigenous perspective in Canada today. Well done!
교육 기관: Rina S•
The course was very interesting and accessible to a person who is at an introductory level on this topic. I was impressed by the diversity of topics that were covered in relatively short amount of time. The lectures and videos were well presented and engaging. The instructors spoke clearly and concisely and were easy to understand. The multiple choice evaluations at the end of each module, however, were poorly written and did not necessarily cover important material. The course notes did not always contain the answers required to complete the evaluations which lead to frustration in some instances.Overall,however, taking this as a general interest course was a very positive experience.
교육 기관: David B•
The information in this course is excellent and very important for Canadians to learn. The overall presentation and lessons learned is very good. It does a good job of condensing thousands of years of history into a digestible package. I think the course does a good job of setting a baseline that all Canadians (especially settler descendants) can start at in their journey to understanding and cooperation with Indigenous people. I enjoyed this and learned a lot! Thanks!
Small nitpicks - there are a few modules that have some clunky delivery, but it is mostly well done. A few quiz questions also had some ambiguous answers, or addressed content not directly covered in the notes.
교육 기관: Duncan B•
Very well organized and well thought out. Presented clearly. Slight technical problem that videos would stop when ~90% completed and had to be restarted. As a non indigenous 69 yr old I was exposed to many new ideas and people past and present. Although indigenous people have had to and are still fighting to correct many wrongs I feel the course did not acknowledge the progress that has been made or that there are many non indigenous people who are happy and helpful with this progress. Also what is the vision of indigenous and non indigenous people (including descendants of original settlers right up to immigrants and refugees) together in Canada in the future? Thank you.
교육 기관: Anita A•
This course was incredibly informative. I especially liked the first few weeks with the history of colonization and the fur trade followed by the disruption of relationships after the War of 1812. This course will help many to understand the long history of abuses of indigenous Canadians and the trauma that colonization caused. Some of the quiz questions seemed rather irrelevant given the scope of the learning and there were numerous grammatical errors that made some questions difficult to answer. Overall, this should be content that is covered in Canadian curriculum from grades JK through to post-secondary to ensure an understanding of Indigenous challenges in Canada.
교육 기관: Kasey L•
This was hugely educational and enlightening. It was so wonderful to hear from such diverse members of the communities, artists, historians and educators. The speakers were very clear and articulate. The material was well-organized, interesting and presented at an appropriate level. It would have been nice to have seen more of the artworks and places that were discussed throughout (e.g. Expo 67 pavilion). There were a few glitches when the mid-video quiz questions popped up before the actual material was presented. Overall, though, it was excellently done. Thank you for making this available free of charge, which makes it accessible to so many more people.
교육 기관: AJ K•
Decent course. The information delivered was interesting, and I loved gaining a greater understanding for the Indigenous Worldview and how it relates to the Euro-centric worldview, and why it seems that there is such a disconnect between the two sides so often. This course bridged that gap for me. One star removed because I feel that some of the quiz questions were a bit more abstract wth multiple answers that could apply, so I found myself guessing sometimes. And I was surprised to find typos/grammar issues in the course (inconsistent spelling of Indigenous names, subtitles have an incorrect word here and there, etc...). Overall, it's still a recommend from me.
교육 기관: Arley N•
Thanks to everybody who worked so very hard to collect and share so many stories which tell an accurate account of Indigenous Peoples history and struggles with colonization after arrival of settlers. I am truly humbled being able to better understand the lives, cultures and world views of Indigenous Peoples in North America. I know that some folks commented on the "English" used. It seems like some of the subtitles still don't match the correct narrative that the faculty used in telling us important stories and facts. But, it did not distract me at all. Thank you again for all the research and especially engaging so many in telling their stories and accounts.
교육 기관: Michelle J•
I would have liked to see more updated information- the course spoke of issues and problems but not what came of these issues and problems - What happened to the Lubicon Cree lands? Was the protest successful? If one of the goals of this course is to build on knowledge as well as celebrate the accomplishments of the Indigenous people of Canada, the information should be informative, up to date and full. I am overwhelmed at the misinformation that I see and hear on social media and in mainstream media. This course could do a lot to open the eyes and minds of people across the country. We know nothing until we admit we need to learn. Thank you for teaching me.
교육 기관: Margaret W•
I thought the course was extremely interesting and mind boggling at times. It opened my eyes as to how badly we have treated Indigenous people from the first time Europeans arrived in Canada and ongoing to the present day.
I liked the way it was set up in modules with the quiz at the end of each module.
There were some spelling mistakes which I think should be corrected as it doesn’t make the course look as professional as it should. I felt like correcting them myself! I know it is only a small thing but I think it is important. Thank you, I would like to read all the information again as it is so much and difficult to retain after going through it once.
교육 기관: Matthew F•
Instructors were good and the content interesting. It is very interesting to hear the stories and to learn more of the history of Canada from Indigenous perspectives. As a Metis that knows little of my cultural background, I appreciated this opportunity. I would have appreciated more emphasis on the path forward and how Indigenous culture can become a more positive aspect of Canada's future. Significant attention was paid to some of the ways that new technologies are being used to get Indigenous perspectives out and I can't help but have optimism that this will allow traditions to more widely be shared and reflected within this great country.