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RENR 7008 - Indigenous Perspectives in Natural Resources Management

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​This course will explore the historical and contemporary relationship between First Nations and the physical environment, particularly in British Columbia. The course will give a detailed overview of the history of First Nations from both a national and provincial perspective. It will also examine the various federal acts that have impacted aboriginal peoples socially and politically. The course will explore the treaty process in British Columbia and look at Aboriginal self-government, ownership of lands and the management of natural resources. Through case studies and team projects, the course will explore the working relationship between First Nations, various levels of government and private industry particularly with respect to Traditional Ecological Knowledge, environmental management and sustainability issues. Prerequisite; ​Acceptance into the Ecological Restoration degree program or by departmental approval.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 47013

Thu Sep 09 - Thu Dec 09 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Dec 09 Thu 14:30 - 17:30 BBY NE01 Rm. 402


Kim Ives

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is reserved for Ecological Restoration program. Students will require department approval prior to registration. Contact Giti Abouhamzeh at 778-331-1392 or for approval. Please note: this course will be offered in person and online. No class on Nov 11.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon succdssful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the history of Aboriginal Peoples from both a pre and post contact European perspective.
  • Analyze the constitutional and political legislation associated with Aboriginal peoples with respect to the Indian Act and British North America Act.
  • Outline the political and legal issues of Aboriginal land use, self-determination, governance, as well as individual and community rights.
  • Describe the treaty process in BC and the workings of the BC Treaty Commission.
  • Contrast the interplay between Aboriginal People, government, NGO's and industry in the natural resource sector.
  • Recognize the significance of Aboriginal jurisdiction and ownership of lands, waters and natural resources.
  • Work effectively with First Nation communities through a greater understanding of First Nations perspectives.
  • Apply techniques associated with Traditional Ecological Knowledge on restoration projects.

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

RENR 7008 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Science


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