Indigenous People Indigenizing the Future

Social Sciences

Course Description

All Autumn 2020 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

“So how then is it possible that Indigenous communities are in worse shape today than they were in the 1970s?"
—Suzanne Methot

How have Canadian colonialism and its ancillary network of residential schools traumatically derailed and deformed the coherence and continuity of Indigenous culture, particularly in connection with family relationships? How are we to understand the sources of such extreme systemic violence and abuse? What proposals have been offered to address the aftermath of this massive, socio-cultural, and transgenerational trauma and what will it take to truly promote healing and Indigenous self-determination?

This course will address these and other questions by foregrounding the new book Legacy, written by Indigenous author and educator Suzanne Methot. In this important multi-disciplinary work, Methot meticulously and poignantly describes and traces the roots of Indigenous cultural dislocation, community breakdown, and the fracturing of family bonds. We will also consider texts by other writers, especially Indigenous authors, that offer additional information and perspectives. Our discussion will explore some of the historical moments and political concepts that have led us to our present situation.

Books to Purchase

    • Legacy by Suzanne Methot (paperback)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday 22 September 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Pam Butler, Tony Rustin, Alberto Venturelli

Degree Credit: Yes

Course Fee:

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

Administrative Fee:



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

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Degree students, course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers should not register online. 

Degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses at

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers from cancelled Spring 2020 courses, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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If you are NEW to TMI