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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Land Claim Conflicts in Nunavut

History, Social Studies, Political Science, Geography
1 lesson
To investigate and understand the issues surrounding Aboriginal land claim
Students will investigate the conflicting land claims of the Inuit and the Dene in Nunavut.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

In discussion ask students if they have ever been in a dispute over property or possessions. Discuss the feelings generated in these situations and identify solutions that were mutually beneficial to each participant.

Outline the Opportunity

Have students explore the CBC Digital Archives website to find references to the dispute between the Inuit and the Dene peoples over the western boundary of the new Nunavut Territory. They should make notes as they work, then write a list of solutions offering their ideas to resolve the issues. They may find it helpful to consult a map of the north as well. With their list in hand, students should draw a new map of Nunavut that incorporates their decision.

Revisit and Reflect

Have students share their maps with the class, pointing out the differences in the map they have created, and explaining why the changes were necessary.


Students can search for a description of present day Dene lands and outstanding claims. How were the Dene land claim issues of the late 1990s resolved? Have students draw a map of the current recognized Dene lands and those still in dispute.


map of Northern Canada









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