BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-204 - Status of First Nations Women - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-204 - Status of First Nations Women - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
A study of legal, political, economical and cultural issues relating to gender relations and the social status of First Nations women in contemporary society. This class will analyze the socio-political structures and also address the impact of residential school syndrome in relation to these issues.
Part of the:
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor. Recommended prerequisite FNWS 100.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the impact of residential school syndrome in today's society on First Nations women, identity and identity politics;
  • Assess gender relations and social status of First Nations women in both national and provincial First Nations politics; and
  • Describe First Nations women's economical status as being related to their political status.


  • „h Ability to compare and contrast socio-political systems that reinforce equality to those that perpetuate inequality
    „h Ability to comprehend Supreme Court of Canada responses to equality arguments and Charter of Rights issues
    „h Ability to undertake directed research
    „h Gain greater writing skills
    „h Develop greater critical analytical skills
    „h Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a group setting
    Text and Materials:
  • Monture-Angus, Patricia. (1995). Thunder in My Soul, A Mohawk Woman Speaks. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.

  • Haig-Brown, Celia. (1988). Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School.Vancouver: Tillacum Library.
  • Segal, Elizabeth. (1998). A Pressing Issues of Inequality and American Indian Communities. New York: Haworth Press.

  • A reading package including legal cases will be available in the bookstore.
  • Other Resources:
  • Additional material, as identified by instructor may be used and/ or drawn from the program bibliography.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Late Assignments: All assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of class on the date they are due. Late assignments will be assessed a 5 % per day penalty. Assignments not submitted within one week of the due date will not be accepted.
    Every effort should be made to have assignments in on the due date. Assignments will not be graded after the due date without a written agreement negotiated between student and instructor. If you know that you will be unable to hand your assignment in on time, you should discuss it with your instructor at least one week in advance of the due date. Extensions are only given in compelling medical or personal circumstances; documentation may be required.
    Papers: Papers should be typewritten if possible but hand-written papers may be accepted. Papers with illegible writing will not be graded. Students should make every effort to acquaint themselves with a computer and a writing program; watch for workshop offered by Student Services which will equip you with the tools you need for researching and writing on a computer. Papers should be completed on 8½ x 11 inch white or recycled paper and secured with a single staple in the upper left hand corner. Papers should carry the date the paper was submitted rather than the date it was due. Students should keep a hard copy of their paper or a photocopy of their paper before you hand it in.
    Attendance: Attendance at lectures is critical because much information on the various topical areas, as well as, the assignments is disseminated in class. Lack of attendance will definitely be reflected in your overall grade. Students are expected to excuse their absences, in advance of the class, through other students or the instructor. Students with three ( 3) or more documented absences may be required to withdrawn from the class and/or face disciplinary action.