PADM 5712 W - Issues in Contemporary Governance: First Nations, Metis and Inuit

Web course
The evaluation for this course does not include formal seated exams, so no distance proctoring arrangements are required.

Diverse approaches to understanding and responding to the main governance issues facing contemporary and traditional First Nations, Inuit and Metis governments and organizations in Ontario and in the rest of Canada.

This course will examine the relationship between the process of reconciliation and Indigenous self-determination. While we’ll be focusing on the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, we’ll also be examining language revitalization initiatives, land governance approaches, and Indigenous legal projects started by Indigenous communities that provide practical examples of the kinds of actions that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called for.

I believe the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada is one of the most important issues facing Canada today. The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation concluded that all Canadians have a critical role to play in advancing reconciliation, and revitalizing nation-to-nation relationships. I’m looking forward to discussing these issues with students in the course.

CRN for section W: 13960

Instructor: Heather Dorries

Heather Dorries

About the instructor: Heather joined the School of Public Policy and Administration in May 2015. She has research interests in the fields of indigenous policy and urban planning. She holds a BA from McGill University and a MScPl and PhD in Planning from the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto.

Urban planning has often been characterized as an idealistic, progressive profession that promotes equality and sustainability. Heather’s research interests arise from the dilemmas that confront planners in light of the field’s commitment to social justice on the one hand, and the ways that planning processes are implicated in the erosion of Indigenous sovereignty and the creation of conflicts over urban land use and development in Canada.

Heather has previously worked as a researcher specializing in environmental planning and Indigenous knowledge systems. She has completed projects on Indigenous knowledge systems, environmental assessment, source water protection, and environmental contaminants for the Chiefs of Ontario and Environment Canada.

After completing her graduate studies, Heather worked as an assistant professor in geography at McMaster University, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Environment and Sustainability Program in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to Carleton, Heather worked for the City of Toronto as Toronto urban fellow, where she conducted research on policies to support the well-being of children and families using a social determinants of health approach.

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