LSO510 - Indigenous Awareness: Towards Truth and Reconciliation

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Subject Title
Indigenous Awareness: Towards Truth and Reconciliation

Subject Description
In response to the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, this course provides students with an introduction to the values, beliefs, and practices that shape the cultural identity of Canada's Indigenous peoples. The marginalizing intergenerational effects of historical colonization and contemporary issues of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples in Canada are examined. The individual and collective responsibility for reconciliation with Indigenous children, families, communities, and colleagues is emphasized.

Credit Status
LSO510 is a required subject in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree; also, an upper-level Liberal Studies option (LSO) for Seneca degree students, it is a Social Sciences credit..

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the traditions, ceremonies, and world views of Indigenous Canadians that shape their cultural identity.
  2. Discuss the effects of colonization and assimilation on Indigenous peoples’ cultural practices, and languages.
  3. Critique current policies, and social, cultural, and political systems in Canada that perpetuate the marginalization of Indigenous children, families, communities, and colleagues.
  4. Analyze the significance of self-determination and self-governance in the resurgence of cultural, linguistic, and land rights for Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada.
  5. Enact personal and collective acts of reconciliation that contribute to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ENG 106 or one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

Topic Outline

  • Terminology and Identity
  • Pre-contract history
  • Indigenous values, beliefs and practices
  • Post-contract history
  • Acts of colonization and Assimilation
  • Cultural representation and current issues
  • Calls to action
  • Healing through truth and reconciliation

Mode of Instruction

Your instructor will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes and techniques such as the following: lectures, question and answer, tutorials, classroom discussion, group work, individual and/or group presentations, consultations, and online assignments.

Reference Material
All students are required to use the following research guide for their assignments: Seneca Libraries APA Citation Guide, found on the web at

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of an assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments will be subject to a late penalty resulting in a lower grade.
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be arranged in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.


Reflective Journal/Blog Posts 20%
Presentation 25%
Mid-term Test 25%
Major Project 30%

Students are graded on form as well as content. Marks (up to 5% of the final grade) may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation. 
Students are not permitted to use instructional aids during tests or exams. 
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at



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