Inuit History II

Program: Inuit studies 0902X
Term: Winter
Course code: HIS6101


Continuing along the timeline started in Inuit History I, students examine the major policies and historical activities which led to the Canadian government establishing its presence in the eastern Arctic, as well as the impact this has had on Inuit society from the early 1900s to the 1970s. This includes the traders, missionaries, the introduction of south justice systems (RCMP), the military, the introduction of day and residential schools, social programs, dog slaughters, TB epidemics, and the movement off the land and into government-built settlements.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the nature of the early trapping and trading economy in the Arctic.
  • Explore the activities of early Missionary activity in the Arctic.
  • Explain the Inuit response to traders and missionaries and the resulting changes in Inuit culture.
  • Identify the main areas of early federal government activity in the Arctic between 1900 and 1970.
  • Explain the impact of federal government activities in the North between 1900 and 1970 on Inuit culture and society.
Learning Activities
  • group discussions
  • lectures
  • videos
  • individual reading and research projects
  • group collaborative projects