Unit 5: Aboriginal Canadians

Unit 5: Aboriginal Canadians

Essay Question Respond to the following quote Canada must be workable without Quebec, but it must be attractive enough to include Quebec -Preston Manning

Is Canada workable without Quebec? Helpful ideas: Helpful ideas: Can Canada function without Quebec? Should Canada pursue being workable without

Quebec? Helpful ideas: Has Canada been attractive in the past? Helpful ideas: How can Canada be more attractive in the future. Helpful ideas: Do you agree with Preston Manning. Think about it: Indian

Native First Nations Major themes More sovereignty issues. How many nations are there in Canada?

Are the First Nations treated equally What is assimilation? Or, First Nations Peoples: Textbook Readings (write these down!): Introduction: Page 12 Background: Pages 69-70

Government: Page 246 FN Rights: 304-305 Aboriginal Identity: 208 - 216 Quebec is distinct and wants their own nation! Language

Culture Religion History Traditions (History of oppression) They came before English Canadians

Aboriginals Peoples First Nations Inuit Metis

Average Canadian Life Expectancy Proportion of dwellings (homes) in need of major repairs Teen Suicide

Canadian Employment Rate Postsecondary educational level, population aged 25 to 54, 2006 First Language Speakers

More frightening statistics. Arrests (criminal record) On Reserve First Nations 12% Off Reserve 5% Non-aboriginal >1%

Graduation Rates Non Aboriginal students 79% Aboriginal students 49% How Come? Short paragraph,

(100 words) Use any knowledge you have about First Nations people, (or just guess) why are there so many troubling statistics about Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Population Graphs Themes of this Unit: Minorities and Majorities (first!) Assimilation and its effects Multiculturalism and its effects

Aboriginal Rights: Land, Government, Languages Aboriginal resistance against the majority

First: Becoming a Minority When Europeans first arrived (1604) in what would become called North America, there were an estimated 30-35 million Aboriginal peoples living there (todays Canada, the US and Mexico).

In 2006: there are only 1.2 Million Aboriginal Canadians, 3.8% of Canadians are Aboriginal How did this happen?

Readings: * With your partner, Discuss yesterdays Reading about Becoming a Minority

Potlatch Dancers. HOMEWORK: Worksheet Native Resistance and Government Response

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