B.C. First Nations Studies
(not currently offered)
This course will be
offered for the first time at the Pearson Adult Learning Centre beginning in
February, 2007. It will be especially of interest to students who have some
knowledge of the issues around First Nations from Social Studies 10 and/or
The course will
concentrate on the issues surrounding First Nations in British Columbia.
Students will acquire
knowledge about First Nations people and their traditional relationship with
the land and natural world. They will examine traditional First Nations
settlement patterns and concepts of land and resource ownership.
Students will also be
provided with information about contemporary and traditional First Nations
education and learning processes. Students will have the opportunity to
analyze traditional resource use, exchange of ideas and practices among BC
First Nations and other cultures.
Students will assess
the impacts of contact and colonialism on BC First Nations people as well as
examine the origins and history of the Métis people in western Canada.
Students will examine
the impact of contact, religion, and colonialism on the social structures,
economies, and education of BC First Nations. Students will have
opportunities to investigate the resistance of First Nations people to
colonialism, especially land encroachment.
Students will examine
the functions and significance of the oral tradition with reference to the
traditions of a specific First Nation. Students will also read and interpret
literature written by Aboriginal authors. Opportunities will be provided to
analyse, interpret, and evaluate portrayals of First Nations people and to
explore the importance for First Nations people of controlling the
development of their artistic traditions.
Students will explore
the cultural significance of various artistic expressions (e.g., weaving,
carving, painting, dance, song). Students will be asked to explain the
importance for First Nations people to determine the use of their traditions
and of historical artifacts. They will examine and interpret various works
of aboriginal art.
Students will explain
the significance of terms related to the discussion of aboriginal identity
and self-determination. Students will identify and analyse some contemporary
legislation, policies, and events affecting the self-determination of
Aboriginal people. Finally, students will demonstrate an understanding of
contemporary negotiations and agreements pertaining to Aboriginal
It will be an
interesting course as many of the issues that will be explored are being
actively discussed in the news and will affect British Columbia and Canada’s