Thursday, December 1
Housekeeping, have you:
-uploaded your poster campaign photo
-uploaded your night light photos
-parents commented on your blog
-uploaded your chart
-posted your Pole to Pole questions on your WP
-completed your English independent novel assignments
-completes your English essay
We have had some great conversations about Canada’s Aboriginal people. Let us take a wander through the Fallen Feather documentary. To understand why and where issues exist today it is important to understand where they came from.
Between 1879 and 1986, upwards of 100,000 children in Canada were forcibly removed and placed into Indian Industrial Residential Schools. Their unique culture was stripped away to be replaced with a foreign European identity. Their family ties were cut, parents were forbidden to visit their children, and the children were prevented from returning home.
First Nations children were the only children in Canadian History, to be singled out by race and forced to live in institutions; generation after generation.
ND Rosiers – President, Law Commission of Canada, 15 August 2001, Sydney, Australia
The Indian Agents and RCMP removed the children from their families and placed them within these schools as wards of the state. Why were these walls built? Why were so many children corralled behind these bricks so far from home? Tens of thousands died of Tuberculosis and other ailments brought on by the grossly inadequate living standards. Families destroyed, generations lost. All to further the official policy of achieving a ‘final solution’ to what had been perceived as an ‘Indian problem’. Department of Indian Affairs Superintendent D. C. Scott to B.C. Indian Agent-General Major D. McKay, 1910 April, DIA Archives, RG 10 series.
Pick up a paper today and the chances are there will be some reference to the First Nations condition.
Tens of thousands of cases of sexual and physical abuses. The Government has assumed partial responsibility for this historical wrong and has agreed to pay out Billions in damages. They agree that the assimilation of First Nations children within these Industrial Schools was a terrible mistake.
A mistake? The assimilation of First Nations wasn’t a mistake; it was a plan.
The abuses that occurred within these Residential Schools were only symptoms of a greater problem. To focus on the obvious crime of physical and psychological abuse is to divert attention from the real story.
Land, This Land.
The Fallen Feather provides an in-depth critical analysis of the driving forces behind the creation of Canadian Indian Residential Schools.
Using historical source documents, survivors personal testimonies and detailed analysis from community leaders, the film explores in detail, the Federal Governments primary motivation in the creation of these Schools.
While examining the influences of Indian wars, Sir John A MacDonald’s National Policy, Land Claims issues, the film details how all of these events and visions contributed to the development of these Schools.
The film argues that the lasting effects that First Nations in Canada suffer today, can be traced back directly to their experiences within these schools. Finally, we as Canadians are all challenge to re-examine our shared history.
Why did Harper have to apologize?
What piece of legislation occurred at/around the same this apology was officially offered?
What is the Common Experience Payment Agreement?
Period 4: English
To Kill a Mockingbird. Chapter 16 on.
Period 5: Photography
Silhouettes, No question about it! It is time to dive into this!
Good luck studying tonight for your Animalia exam- it is tomorrow PM!
Please read 1 full chapter on your own tonight. Yes I realize you also have an exam. It will only take an hour.
Friday, December 2
I hope you studied last night!
Period 2: Social Studies
Recap from yesterday’s residential school topics:
Week in Rap: What on earth is going on in the world lately?
Period 3: Media Studies
Article from Shab
Period 4: Biology
Biology Animalia Exam (Students at this time you will be given your Final Exam Review.)
Remember we have a few days of Ecology and then we are done the course.
Your final is the following week on December 14. You should be studying about 20 minutes an evening. Remember it is a pro to the program to have a final exam mid way through the semester.
Take advantage of the opportunity and begin studying. This will be your next and obvious final exam. There is no ecology exam.
Period 5: Photography
Photography 20 Assignment from Miss Osatchuk.
Photography 20 Photoshop Tutorials Pick 3 of 10.
Freedom to learn a few things that specifically interest you!
You are expected to read two chapters on your own this weekend.
By the end of next week you should have 3 solid signature pieces you created.
These are to be showcased on your WordPress.
Monday, December 5
Period 2: Biology
Period 3: English
To Kill a Mockingbird.
Period 4: TBA
Period 5: Photography
Continuation of Ms. O’s assignment.