People and Place: Indigenous Connections to Place and Landscape in Northwest BC

Come explore the history, archaeology, and culture of Indigenous Peoples living on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in northwestern BC. We will visit landscapes and ancient villages that First Nations peoples have been occupying and using for thousands of years.

Through classroom and field-based experience, we will explore how Indigenous peoples have managed, modified, and stewarded their lands for millennia, and how long-term practical experience with the landscape relates to notions of territory, belonging, and Indigenous Rights and Title. We will study culturally significant places and landscapes through Indigenous oral histories, traditional ecological knowledge, anthropological ethnography, and archaeology, in order to understand connections between key concepts of place, culture, and history.

This course will be taught through one week of in-person class time in Prince Rupert for the first few days, then we will take a field trip to an ancient village site and significant clam harvesting location for the Gitga’at Nation, on an island south of Hartley Bay and the mouth of Douglas Channel. We will camp at the site and participate in field activities with Gitga’at community members and other researchers to learn about the immense cultural significance of this location for Gitga’at people.

For a photo essay of last year's field school, see: 

Courses | 6 credits

  • FNST 200 - Aboriginal Community Research
  • GEOG 227 - Ethnogeography of Northwest BC


Admission requirements

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Dates and locations

May 27 to June 14, 2024

Prince Rupert

Program fees

Field trip fee$635.00Field trip fee$635.00
GEOG 227$332.04GEOG 227$1,334.73
FNST 200$332.04FNST 200$1,334.73
Student Union fees$46.64Student Union Fees$46.64

Fees effective for the 2023/24 academic year.

Non-refundable deposit due at registration: $227.00

Full tuition is due by May 13, 2024