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module 2


Colonial Lens: 

In this introductory module, you will learn how the narrative of Canadian history is shaped by European colonialism. We will re-examine history from an Indigenous worldview, and how a colonial heritage has affected the ways in which one views Indigenous Peoples to this day. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify possible cultural biases shaping Canada’s historical narratives and how they recount its history.

  • Explore historical events shaping the Canadian landscape of which you may not have been aware of.

  • Realize that most history books are written for and by dominant societies and rarely include Indigenous worldviews.

  • Understand that Canada is inherently a colonial state.



Colonial Lens of History

View the following slides below before proceeding to the unit quiz.


Are we seeing this collective history in a new light? Are we reconciling our historical understanding of what is Canada?


Video: First Contact

(With permission from the author) a humorous look at first contact, by Indigenous filmmaker Steven Paul Judd. Duration: 1:42 min.



Module Quiz

To complete Module 2: Take the quiz. These short quizzes will assist you in retaining the information you have learned. These are not graded - only the Module 10 final quiz will be.