4 RCMP officers mounted on their horses standing on a green field in front of really large letters spelling out Expo 67

Caption: Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Expo ’67, Source: Carolinebn8 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29740069

Instructors: Dr. Jill St. Germain (Fall) and Professor Laura Madokoro (Winter)

This course is divided into two parts.

The description below pertains to the Fall portion of the course.

In the Fall Term we will explore the unfolding story of the intermingling of peoples in the territory that will become Canada from the earliest days of contact between Indigenous North America and Europe through the turning point year of 1885. The overall framework for the term will be the ongoing tension between the impulses for domination and conformity on one hand and the competing drive for accommodation and diversity on the other. We will explore how this plays out between different Indigenous and European settler communities as well as within the historic Anglo-French rivalry. We will pay particular attention to the role of Indigenous players in the contest for supremacy in North America and to the experience of Indigenous communities within British North America and into the Confederation era. This will establish the grounds for understanding for the unique position of Indigenous peoples in Canadian society, and cultivate an awareness of ongoing issues involving land claims, the Indian Act, treaties, and culture. A second major focus for the term will be an exploration of the foundations of the Canadian state in pre-Confederation and Confederation era milestones including the Royal Proclamation of 1763, the Quebec Act, the achievement of Responsible Government, and the experiment of Confederation. The roots of Canadian society today stretch across the centuries. In HIST1300, we will investigate connections between individuals, events and ideas of the past with current concerns.

Class Format

The course is delivered in a two-hour lecture format, complemented by a one-hour discussion group that will involve primary source analysis and discussion of specific issues raised in lectures.

The description below pertains to the Winter portion of the course.

Introduction: This survey course provides an overview of selected themes and moments in Canadian history while encouraging students to think critically about the nature of national narratives, the work that they do and the means by which some stories are included, while others are excluded from notions of the national. Built around a “Moments that Matter” framework, the course explores ten moments that have shaped the history of Canada and its study. Moments include the 1885 North-West Rebellion, the 1935 On to Ottawa Trek, the 1955 Rocket Richard Riot, Expo ’67, the 1970 Abortion Caravan, and the 1990 Kanienkehaka resistance at Kanehsatake & Kahnawake. Moments will be discussed and contextualized along three themes that have shaped the history of Canada since 1867: Settling and Shaping the Nation, Modernity in Canada, and Contesting the Nation. The course will serve as a critical gateway for the study of history, not only in the Canadian context, but more broadly as there is a strong focus on interpretation and analysis – useful skills for the study of any historical subject.

Class Format: HIST 1300 meets twice times a week. First with the instructor for lectures and in-class activities and once with a teaching assistant for small group discussions of readings and sources.

Aim and Goals: One of the primary goals of this course is for students to think critically about the study of national histories, including Canada’s. By the end of the course, students will be able to explain and contextualize aspects of Canadian history that are often marginalized in conventional nation-building narratives while demonstrating an understanding of how and why such marginalization occurs. Additionally, critical analysis exercises with primary source material and secondary source readings will enable students to develop a rich understanding of the historical craft and the possibilities inherent in the study of history.

 Assessment: As one of the goals of the course is to develop critical reading and writing skills, as well as provide students with a solid basis of empirical knowledge, the assessment consists of participation in small group activities, resource analyses and written reflections and a final exam.

Readings and Source Materials: There is no textbook for this course. Instead, readings and primary sources will be provided online via MacOdrum Library or cuLearn. Reference materials will also be made available at the library.

Questions: Please contact me at Laura.Madokoro@carleton.ca with any questions or concerns about the course.