Students examine the historical and continuing process of colonization in Canada, and the
resulting societal, political, linguistic, spiritual, and cultural impacts that are challenging
Indigenous people today. The development of cultural understanding and the beginning of
culturally competent practice occur in this course. Additional topics include self-government,
cultural healing and empowerment, and human service practice in Indigenous communities.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Identify a variety of social, political, cultural and spiritual issues that are challenging
Indigenous people today.
- Describe how the historical issues are impacting Indigenous people today.
- Explain why the Indigenous population is over-represented in the social determinants of
- Describe the role of education in the lives of Indigenous people.
- Describe ways some Indigenous people are empowering and healing their communities.
- Describe the role of the First Nations Support Worker.
HUMS 1771 includes the following lessons and topics:
- Lesson 1: Indigenous Peoples of Canada
- Lesson 2: Indigenous Knowledge & Helping Professions
- Lesson 3: “Self,” “Self-Care,” and “Helping” with Indigenous Peoples
- Lesson 4: Indigenous Approaches to Helping
- Lesson 5: Indigenous Approaches and Ethical Human Service Practice
- Lesson 6: Community and Spirituality
- Lesson 7: Physical Health for Indigenous People
- Lesson 8: Mental Health for Indigenous People
- Lesson 9: Indigenous Justice
- Lesson 10: Issues of Diversity
- Lesson 11: Caring for Children and Families
Required text and materials
- Baskin, C. (2016). Strong helpers’ teachings: The value of Indigenous knowledges in the
helping professions (2nd ed.). Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
Computer and Internet access is required for this online course.
To complete this course successfully, you must achieve a passing grade of 50 per cent or higher
on the overall course and 50 per cent or higher on the mandatory Final Project. The
following table illustrates how your final grade will be determined for this course.
|Assignment 1: Historical Policies, Local Knowledge, and Human Service Practice
|Assignment 2: “Self” and “Helping” Indigenous Peoples and Communities
|Assignment 3: Critical Reflection
|Final Project: Media Presentation *
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Management System's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the
necessary contact information when starting the course.