Jan 22, 2018
Excellent course that provides a great foundation for learning about Indigenous cultures and worldviews. Provides thoughtful topics to explore and insightful knowledge. I highly recommend this course!
Sep 25, 2017
This course was eye-opening and an essential learning experience for my work with First Nations children and their families. I have and will continue to recommend this course to my colleagues.
por Colin M•
Aug 18, 2018
por Wasan Z•
Apr 29, 2019
a lot of great material, learned tons... the layout how this was presented is easy to follow on the computer, phone an
por david b•
Jun 25, 2019
A fantastic and insightful look at indigeneity in Canada. Thank you!
por Andrew J•
Jul 09, 2019
Very effective learning methods including great videos! Helped me greatly to improve my understanding and awareness of Indigenous issues in Canada, the history etc. Thanks!
por Katherine B•
May 23, 2019
I really enjoyed to learn of all the little things that made Canada the way it was and the changes that our Indigenous people are making .
por Marcia K•
Jul 30, 2019
This course is definitely an introductory course that occasionally over-simplifies. However, it does offer an excellent alternate perspective to events taught to me in public school from Kindergarten to University. The events, characters and times are easily recognizable, it is the different perspective that makes this course fascinating. The lessons on Gender and Art were particularly interesting to me. I would take a course on Lesson 12 alone. Perhaps that could be the next University of Alberta Coursera offering?! All the visual materials also made this course engaging. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this course.
por Wendy M•
May 21, 2019
As a complete beginner to a subject I shamefully should know more about, I thought it was a very comprehensive and informative introduction. If its purpose was to inspire me to want to know more, it worked! Thank you!
por Reagan D•
Aug 21, 2019
I loved it. I'm from Alabama and work with Indigenous peoples all over Canada. This is an amazing course that we will use as we bring people in to our ministry as a first thing to complete. Thanks so much for doing this!
por Stefanie T•
Aug 27, 2019
I enjoyed the learning and the content, but the format became repetitive. it would have been nice to have other activities and types of presentations rather than just videos of people talking and a reading overview in each module.
por Paula B•
Feb 15, 2019
I really enjoyed the course and I feel that I learned a lot from it, but I found that the quality of the lectures and the course reading materials, as well as the quizzes, went down toward the end of the course, in particular in the last three modules, and that some of the information presented was superficial and perhaps one-sided.
por Jonas J•
Dec 20, 2017
I'm Metis and I'm really disappointed in this course. Indian history is amazing, from the slave trading Haida navy to the cannibalistic tendencies of the Iroquois and Kwakiutl, Indians were dynamic and efficient stone age warriors, hunters, and killers. But you would never know it from this course. The politically correct presenters portray the Indians as peace loving beatniks who had their love-in trampled by land robbing immigrants.
por Caelyn M•
Aug 18, 2017
Some really interesting material. It changed my views on things like the economy of Canada in its earliest days and the relationship between resource extraction and colonialism. I really appreciated the inclusion of first nations feminists and of queer indigenous people. It felt a bit shallow though, and I would have appreciate greater depth. I hope there will more MOOCs on indigenous issues.
por Karen L C•
Jun 17, 2018
Good info on the early years of contact and the fur trade. Nice imagery. I was not in agreement with some of the material, finding a fraction of it inaccurate. For example, the statement made that there was less logging since certain indigenous / provincial / federal agreements were made on the northwest coast is not accurate.
por Jillian P•
Oct 25, 2018
There was a great amount of insightful information; however, I found the quizzes to be rather difficult. Many of the questions were worded in a way that made it nearly impossible to be 100% sure about your answers.
por DJ P•
Mar 18, 2018
Lots of unnecessary material and extremely longwinded presentation. If you can make the video play back rate to 4x speed that would greatly assist.
por Jesse G•
Dec 05, 2018
This was propaganda with a major political agenda. Production values were good, but the one-sided slant of the material is inexcusable.
por Renato D L•
Mar 31, 2019
it was bad.
por Michael G•
Jun 14, 2017
This was my first experience with a MOOC and perhaps will be my last. I suspect courses like this are a large part of the reason that universities are losing both credibility and relevance in the eyes of the public and employers. The complete lack of objectivity presented in a so-called academic course was appalling. By week four the narrative had become so one sided and superficial that it became difficult to maintain any belief in the content of the following lessons. The lectures were so steeped in SJW tropes and what passes for left-leaning politics that the quiz questions could typically be answered based on the simple premise of what make Aboriginal people look the best and the Western worldview the worst. The quiz questions themselves were some of the most poorly conceived and written that I've seen across almost a decade of post-secondary education and the presenters were completely devoid of charisma and style making for dull viewing of topics that were presented in a manner that could almost be considered dishonest.
The forums appeared to be the most valuable component of the course however those quickly degraded into what looked like chorus of consent, likely because the overall narrative of the course provided little room for divergent views. My own forum comments were not responded to by the course professors despite asking for clarification and other posters were clearly here to have their own views confirmed, not challenged, and made that evident through their own posts and unwillingness to consider challenging ideas.
Overall I felt the course lacked any real academic integrity. Sitting through the lectures felt more like an indoctrination attempt that education. The content was so shallow that the course was more akin to propaganda than coursework. The only factor that would allow me to give even one star was the somewhat improved quality of the guest presenters, some who gave a more even handed approach to the material. This was perhaps the least critical course I have ever taken part in. Even critical theory and methodology needs to be critiqued to have any intellectual value and that did not occur here. Fortunately my employer has covered the small cost of the certification.
As someone who works directly with Aboriginal people, and has for a decade, and educates others on Aboriginal topics, worldview, and culture, I am disappointed to say that this course actually lowered my interest in Aboriginal issues and being a so-called ally. This course seemed determined to undermine Canadian values and instil a sense of unwarranted guilt in the participants, likely justified as "unsettling" the settler. The process was so heavy handed and obvious however that any possible positive outcome from the message was distorted. I could not in good conscience recommend this course to anyone, and by extension, could not recommend Coursera itself.