First Peoples 12

 

Grade 12

 

Traditional Territories of the B.C. First Nations and Relationships with Land

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  • Traditional territories of local First Nations. Traditional territories may overlap.
    Search for any BC First Nations Community, eg. Squamish
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  • Difference between political boundaries and traditional territories
  • How the land shapes and influences First Peoples worldview (e.g., stewardship, cultural practices of the land, relationship to language)
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Role of oral tradition for B.C. First Peoples

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  • Elders as knowledge keepers who share the history of their people and lands
  • Oral tradition as valid and legal evidence (e.g., Delgamuukw v. B.C., 1997; ownership of property, territory, and political agreements) 
  • Stories, songs, music, and dance as forms of narrative 
  • Oral tradition shapes identity and connects to the past, present, and future.
  • Oral tradition provides guiding principles for living.
  • Indigenous concept of time (e.g., spiralling versus linear)

Impact of Historical Exchanges of Ideas, Practices, and Materials among Local B.C. First Peoples and with Non-indigenous Peoples

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Provincial and Federal Government Policies and Practices that have affected, and continue to affect, the responses of B.C. First Peoples to Colonialism

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Resistance of B.C. First Peoples to Colonialism

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In 1988 during the campaign to stop Fletcher Challenge from building a logging road in Sulphur Passage, protesters strung hammocks and suspended themselves above areas where road builders planned to blast.
In 1988 during the campaign to stop Fletcher Challenge from building a logging road in Sulphur Passage, protesters strung hammocks and suspended themselves above areas where road builders planned to blast. Mark Hobson photo, courtesy of Clayoquot Action

Role and Significance of Media in Challenging and Supporting the Continuity of Culture, Language, and Self-determination of B.C. First Peoples

Sample topics:

  • Portrayal and representation of First Peoples in media
  • Repatriation and ownership of cultural objects
  • Ethics of copyright, patent rights, intellectual property, and appropriation

Commonalities and Differences between Governance Systems of Traditional and Contemporary B.C. First Peoples

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Contemporary Challenges Facing B.C. First Peoples, including Legacies of Colonialism

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  • Missing and murdered women
  • Stereotypes and institutionalized racism
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Judicial and correctional system
  • Child welfare system
  • Conditions on reserves (e.g., water, housing, education)

 

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