CBC Digital Archives

Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Issues Facing Canada's Aboriginal Peoples

Type:
Introductory
Subjects:
History, Social Studies
Duration:
1 lesson
Purpose:
To identify and understand the issues that impact Canada’s aboriginal communities
Summary:
In this introductory activity, students will explore the issues facing Aboriginal People, both today and throughout history.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Ask students: What do you know about Aboriginal Peoples in Canada? List their responses on the board. Then, as a class, review the list. What issues have students raised? What perceptions do they have about aboriginal culture? How accurate do they think their perceptions are?

Outline the Opportunity

Have students view the clip "Nothing to celebrate" on the topic Georges Erasmus: Native Rights Crusader on the CBC Digital Archives website. Working alone, students will listen to the excerpt, and list the issues and problems that Georges Erasmus outlines in his speech.

Have students form into small groups. They will combine their individual findings and group the issues into categories, such as discrimination, government, poverty, health, and so on.

Revisit and Reflect

Ask each group to share its information. Write students' categories on the board and list the major issues under each. Ask students to propose solutions to addressing each issue. As a class, select the issues from one category and create posters to illustrate the issues.

Extension

Students can research a local aboriginal organization and learn how the issues about which students made their posters impact that organization or the local aboriginal community. Students can organize an event to raise awareness (or funds) relating those issues to the local aboriginal community.

Related Content

The Berger Pipeline Inquiry

It was going to be the biggest private construction project in history. But before a pipeline ...

A Lost Heritage: Residential Schools extra cl...

In 1928, a government official predicted Canada would end its "Indian problem" within two gene...

The Battle for Aboriginal Treaty Rights

It's a battle over the land and its resources. The fight has taken place on the land, in the c...

Davis Inlet: Innu Community in Crisis

"We are a lost people." That description by an Innu chief seemed fitting when a shocking video...

A Lost Heritage: Canada's Residential Schools

In 1928, a government official predicted Canada would end its "Indian problem" within two gene...

Mercury Rising: The Poisoning of Grassy Narro...

Between 1962 and 1970, natives in two northwest Ontario communities sat down to daily meals of...