The 49th Parallel: Indigeneity, Mystery, and Crime Stories


Course Description

While North America has been divided into Canada and the United States, many Indigenous peoples see that borderline as arbitrary. It is seen as a symbol of the systemic and social impositions made by settler governments. This course will highlight the voices of those living in this system, who can be Indigenous, American, and Canadian all at the same time, and whose identities are at odds with those imposed upon them by this arbitrary boundary.

We will ask: in what ways do Indigenous mystery stories shed light on current and real-life experiences? How can they help shape our understanding of Indigenous affairs and challenges? More importantly, can stories help us come to terms with our own histories and the way in which we interact with an all too often forgotten population? Is the impact of the mystery different dependent on the teller? How, for example, do mysteries by non-indigenous authors differ from those by Indigenous writers like Thomas King and Louise Erdrich?

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

  • Thomas King, The Red Power Murders
  • Louise Erdrich, The Round House

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 16 students and that TMI does not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

Course Length: 12 weeks, Tuesdays, `10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Discussion Team: Irene Menear, Sara Pistolesi, Esther Spector        

Degree Credit: 3 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

For 12-week courses, fees are refundable in full before the second session. If the participant withdraws after the second course, they will be charged a $50 fee. There is no refund after the third course has passed. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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