The rich and complex history of the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia begins well before the arrival of the Europeans. This course gives students the opportunity to learn about historical and contemporary issues in Mi’kmaw society from a First Nations perspective. Events, trends, and traditions in the history of the Mi’kmaq are viewed through the lenses of culture, spirituality, and politics. The course uses an issues based approach to give students a better understanding of the experiences, achievements, and contributions of the First Nations in Canada – with a particular emphasis on the Mi’kmaq. Themes and topics include:
Research is a key component of the course. Students meet the knowledge and skills outcomes of the course by working independently and with others on a wide variety of research and classroom activities. The ability to work cooperatively is an asset.