I found this course to be very informative. Thank you for the opportunity to see our shared history from another perspective. I hope this is as groundbreaking for my fellow Canadians as it was for me.
Very well done! Thank you for allowing me to learn more about your history & culture. Being from Ireland and relatively new to Canada I wanted to know more about the beginnings of Canada as a country.
교육 기관: Richie A•
This is an excellent course which would be good for many many people to see and hear - all ages and all people. the historical component is simplified, as it had to have been, yet clear and hits the points which help to start people thinking about the time before and the reasons for the effects of colonization. Not that I know more but, as a researcher at Library and Archives Canada for many years, I have seen copies of so many original documents which hold so much of the recorded goings on by both sides. Great to see more awareness created by the course and to have it presently so accessibly/interactively . Now I will miss all you chatting with us online. All the best, and many thanks From Unceded Algonquin Territory Ottawa
교육 기관: Kery S•
I am not of Indigenous decent, though the history of the Nation we live in has been of great interest to me. I jumped at the opportunity to take this course. Not only to educate myself on the history of Aboriginal peoples, but to better enable myself in educating my child. I am a homeschool parent, and have been for many years. I believe that education has no expiry date. So, as a mother , and woman of over 40 years of age, I felt the need to show my child, that education is always accessible. It is important, and available to all ages, all cultures, and people. I am grateful to The University of Alberta, and The faculty of Native Studies, for making this course so accessible, informative, and interesting. Thank you, Kery Samardzija
교육 기관: Sharon K•
This course has been the most wonderful and important experience for me!
The modules were designed logically, building blocks to the end. The videos, interrupted occasionally with a surprise mini-quiz, kept me on my toes. I learned so much more than later had throughout my life and as well, from the Sunday afternoon Sunday casual study group organized by Dan Levy. Dan’s total honesty was refreshing and encouraging. We must confront our shame and sense of responsibility. Thank you so much Dr. Tracy Bear, Dr. Paul Gareau, Sara Howdle, Leah Dorion, video presenters and guest professors at the Sunday sessions. You have all gifted us with your personal time. Dan Levy, you are a very special soul. Forever grateful
Sharon Kirkham, Toronto
교육 기관: Hazel J V•
I truly appreciated learning about Aboriginal history and culture. I have spoken with many Aboriginal people, including Inuit, and have wondered why there is such a difference between folks from different areas. Now I know some of the answer.
I especially appreciate the Aboriginal concept of everything on earth working together for the good of everything. I also appreciate how sexuality was handled--inclusion and pride vs. exclusion and shame, the way I have seen many people handled. What a disgrace to European ideals.
There are a few editing errors which do not take away from the content. I'm glad I finally had the time to finish the course. I can't get some of the points out of my mind!
Thanks so much for letting me take this course.
교육 기관: Kim l•
This was was such an amazing opportunity to close the gap with respect to my pursuit of indigenous literature and art. My understanding of the more subtle concepts presented in the literature are better understood. Reading Thomas King’s, The Inconvenient Indian I was gobsmacked with the reference to Dead Indian and without this course I never would have gotten it. I scour the news daily now with the knowledge of references to Idle No More, AIM, UNDRIP etc., I am so much more capable of expressing empathy, anger and a litany of emotions. Thank you for the opportunity provided to learn, to grow, to feel, and most importantly to share this newfound knowledge with my peer group so they to can help change the channel. Thank you.
교육 기관: Angelique D•
Thank you so much. This course has given me the best history lesson I could have hoped for. I knew some things about Indigenous history before I enrolled but I have to say that my eyes have been opened to so much more. The lectures were interesting, engaging, thought-provoking, moving, and they have inspired me to continue with my learning. Your course has raised my awareness of the deeper roots of issues that underlie what concerns Indigenous peoples today (and of environmental issues that should be of concern to everyone). I wish this was how history was taught when I was still in school. As an educator, I hope it is how history will be taught in schools from now on. Again, thank you for this beautiful, amazing course.
교육 기관: Zuzana S•
Thank you very much for this course. I am an immigrant and have been living in Canada for 15 years. I studied at a local university and nowhere over the span of 15 years I've received a fraction of this important information. I had to study for and pass the Canadian Citizenship test - I would say the study book and the content of the citizenship test would deserve a serious revision to include "all" and not just partial information. To express my gratitude for this course I would like to say thank you for informing me, inspiring me, and motivating me to learn more. Since I've been taking this course I searched and purchased books by indigenous authors. I became a fan of "Unreserved" CBC program and much more. Thank you again.
교육 기관: Kim S•
The course complimented the basic understanding I already had of Indigenous history in Canada. I appreciated how it filled in the blanks and answered some of the questions I had. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn more about our Indigenous community members and learn about the injustices they have had to and in many ways still have to endure due to colonialism. I am encouraging others to take this course. Education is so important. This course also inspires me to do more reading and asking of questions to learn more about Indigenous culture and history. I hope to educate others from their learned misconceptions of the Indigenous. Tracy Bear has an excellent voice for speaking on the various module topics. Thank you.
교육 기관: Nicole E•
This course has opened my eyes to so many issues that I was unaware of, and has led to my seeking out further information to help me to continue my learning. This is especially poignant now, given the discovery of children's remains at the residential school in Kamloops. I am able to have discussions with others about some of the history, and I am successfully persuading several to pursue their own learning opportunities in this respect. Amazing that you have offered this course for free. THANK YOU! It is SO IMPORTANT for us to understand our history, and how our country has gotten to this place we find ourselves in now. It's way past time to do better...to be better. This provides real hope for our collective future.
교육 기관: Linda H•
I very much appreciated the teachings in this course. It was informative, as a Canadian, for me to understand the colonization of these lands and the effect it has had on the Indigenous communities. It also frustrates me to know that a lot of this has been and is happening and that the education system (particularly as I grew up) didn't teach any of this - it was, and is, happening "on my watch"!
The resilience of the first peoples here, their culture(s) and activism are inspiring, individually and collectively, and I resonate with the systemic injustice that has been demonstrated in this course. I am more aware.
Thank you for this . It has made me a bit less ignorant of the lands and peoples where I was born and raised.
교육 기관: Angelika F•
I want to thank everyone involved in producing such an informative course to help educate, inform and teach on Indigenous Canadian history and to current times. I think every Canadian should take this course. May it build unity, understanding, love and respect for our Indigenous brothers and sisters and help in reconcilliation, healing and restoring us all into healthy and loving relationships.
It deeply saddens me that so much pain, injustice and suffering has and continues to be enacted upon Indigenous people. I can stand up and be a voice of change through my actions. It starts with unlearning, relearning and learning all over again. This course was successful in facilitating this change that starts in me. Thank you!
교육 기관: Monika V•
I am internationally educated and had a strong desire to learn about Indigenous culture. Finding this course online is really helpful. Moreover, it is flexible and nicely delivered. I just carefully heard the instructors and enjoyed it while learning. Though at times, I felt a very narrow margin in quiz so far the questions are concerned still in case , I couldn't clear the quiz in 2 or 3 times , it was again thrilling to go over and over again.
I humbly thank Tracy Bear and her team for their perseverance and doing their job so beautifully. I really appreciate Leah's paintings and the way she depicted all shades of indigenous lstruggles against colonism with the help of symbols. Her paintings are really telling a tale!
교육 기관: Barbara C•
I loved this course. Besides giving me the possibility to approach a subject I did know little about, it inspired me to go on and search for more information about Indigenous Canada. I liked also the structure of the course, with readings, videos, interviews and the beautiful paintings. Thanks to the teachers and their narratives it was easy to follow. I hope in the future there will be more courses on Indigenous in Canada and North America, that will go deeper into the diversity of the indigenous populations, their culture and uses, their worldviews. Expecially now that we face the consequences of climate change, we should look more and learn from the indigenous perspective on our planet and the universe we live in.
교육 기관: Michelle M•
I really enjoyed this course. I started it when the Early Childhood Centre that I am an Early Childhood Educator level 3 at had to close because we had a staff member who contracted COID 19 and we all had to self isolate. I was going crazy and needed something to. I was on Facebook and my niece had posted something about this course and so I decided that I wanted to learn more about Indigenous people and that this would be a good way to do that. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot. I couldn't afford to pay for the course at the time and so when I saw that I could take it for free I was very happy and very glad that I was able to complete the course, and passed it which I was very proud of myself for.
교육 기관: Amber E•
It was very interesting and educating. I enjoyed the intro music to each session and having the printed notes. It took pressure off pausing the video and taking notes. I live in the PNW of the US and while this is based for Canada, I have noticed quite a bit of relevance to this course. In reading the signs and notes at various spots in our area. The information was there all along, but I never understood the information and the relevance so it's been awesome to see it in my everyday life. The information and relevance has been there all along, but it was never presented to us this way in our education system so I'm grateful for the information in this course and would be interested in other courses like it.
교육 기관: Sarah L•
I really enjoyed this course and while I realize that this is the tip of the iceberg, it was a great introduction and has given me a few things to investigate further. I did want to point out too (sorry) that in the final lesson, there were a couple of inconsistencies - Enspanola, Sask in the reading material is Espanola, Ontario in the video, Calgary Winter Olympics of 1986 in reading and 1988 on video, and Rebecca's Belmore's "Fringe" in reading materials and "Trace" on video. Thank you so much for providing this course free of charge. It really was a privilidge. My first baby-sitter (also my best friend's mom) is a Residential School Survivor so I found that topic especially interesting. Thanks again.
교육 기관: Heather R•
This was a very long course but all material was needed and excellent. Despite enjoying it, it took me quite awhile to finish it but it was not due to lack of interest. Like Black History, Indigenous History is also missing from our curriculum. Or if it is there it has colonialism views. Personally, I think every Canadian needs to take this course. I have told many people about it and was pleased that some have shown an interest in taking the course or have taken it in the past. I would love to be able to be given permission to use the University of Alberta and the Indigenous Canada logos on my website to advertise this course.
I wonder is there a Community to address Canada to make UNDRIP legally binding?
교육 기관: Sandrine B•
Chère faculté, Je vous remercie de nous offrir ce cours sur l'histoire, la culture, les combats, les tragédies, les injustices et les victoires de la communauté indigène. J'ai beaucoup appris et j'ai beaucoup de respect pour le peuple indigène. Il est vibrant, captivant, vivant et il force l'admiration. Il a puisé dans sa diversité, ses échecs face à la colonisation européenne et il a constamment observé et appris de ses ancêtres. J'espère sincèrement que le processus de réconciliation nationale, de restitution des terres et de reconnaissance des peuples indigènes va avancer. C'est notre histoire et nous devons la reconnaître, l'apprendre et la partager dans toute sa diversité. Avec une profonde gratitude.
교육 기관: Ewan B•
This was a wonderful course and filled some gaping holes in my knowledge. I guess the biggest hole was my belief, as an elementary school student in the 1960's, of believing that the residential school system had ended. To understand that it continued until 1996 devastates me. I first became interested in Indigenous relations in Canada when I watched the episode in "Canada: A People's History" that described the British genocide of the indigenous peoples by the distribution of small pox laced blankets. I believe in equality for all and this course further pushes me to teach this distinction and the needs that we, as European Canadians, must work diligently to accept native cultures, land claims and rights.
교육 기관: Kenneth R•
Was recommended the course as the pandemic and BLM movement surged fourth. I was very little but I remember the Oka Crisis, Ipperwash, and several other events of the past. I know now that the unfair privilege colonization provided allowed for a one-sided narrative. The narrative back then was given a colonial lens that I saw on TV through the news - completely distant from that world and the so very wrongful death of Dudley George. I know better now, and know to whom to listen and who the true teachers are.
I would like to thank Dr. Tracey Bear and the rest of the staff for making this course very accessible, and one I shall recommend as - not the end - but the beginning of learning. Eternally, thank you.
교육 기관: Caro & R A•
My gratitude to all who made this course for enlightening us so generously with your knowledge, hard work, and time. My interest in it stemmed from being indigenous-adjacent (I first came to Canada to teach and live among the Nisga'a and was very happy to see their history featured here, especially with the recent loss of Sim'oogit Hleek).
This is also informing my work as a member of the Canadian Teachers' Federation Advisory Committee on the Status of Women and the British Columbia Teachers' Federation Committee for Action on Social Justice.
Some work still need to be done to edit the transcripts, however. I hope that time is expended to correct them as they can lead to miscommunication.
교육 기관: Greg O•
Extremely beneficial for all people living in what we currently call Canada. An introduction into the history, present and future of Indigenous nations here with many interesting and relevant pieces of information that we all should know and should inform our actions. Could have benefited slightly from a deeper exploration of two-spirit and gender diverse histories and modern efforts, particularly for recognition within colonial LGBTQ+ structures and liberation efforts, however I recognize the limitations of such a short course for such a broad and diversified history. Thank you to all contributors to this course, and to the unnamed individuals who have made the availability of this information possible.
교육 기관: Lee-Adele S•
I was very impressed with the content, organization and delivery of this course. The entire course was aethetically pleasing. I really enjoyed the commissioned artwork created by Leah Dorion, especially her in depth explanation of her creative process and meaning behind her art. I was further impressed with the collection and the continuity of the drawings utilized to illustrate prominant figures throughout the course. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Indigenous histories as well as contemporary issues from an Indigeious perspective. I would not hesitate to invest my time into another class created by the same community of instructors from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.
교육 기관: Larry R•
The content provided was enlightning, informative and well quantified. The facilitators and those interviewed presented their arguments and stories with a calm balance, professionalism and not with anger. I was keenly impressed with the qualifications of the leader ship and those interviewed. Growing up in Canada I realize that I have not been educated on the full holistic story of our history but rather a scrubbed version and this course provided the necessary content for my fuller understanding. My empathy and compassion has only grown over the many tragedies that existed in the world of colonization. Navigating the course was very user-friendly. I would recommend this course to anybody. Thank you
교육 기관: Joseph G•
Being an American newcomer to Canada (British Columbia), my knowledge of Indigenous Canada was severely limited. I found this course to be an indispensable part of becoming a recent immigrant to Canada. Learning about the diverse, historical, cultural, spiritual, linguistic, and artistic identities of Indigenous communities helped me better understand Canada today and where I, as an immigrant, fit in. It also served as a interesting point of comparison with Native American history in the U.S. when I reflect on the experiences, similarities, differences, and injustices that occurred there. I'm indebted to this course for making me want to learn more about these topics. Thanks for an awesome 12 weeks!