Unfortunately, not every group was included in the formation of our country, many were left out or not even considered "people" back in the 1800's. We are currently studying the Aboriginal people, the policies that have affected their lives, their impact on history, the politicians behind the creation of residential schools, and the impact residential schools had on Aboriginal people.
The first assignment due the week of April 30th, is a short presentation on an Aboriginal person who has made an historical significance in history.
We will next study the policies and treaties that have negatively impacted Aboriginal people.
We will also be studying Aboriginal art, and recreating stories in drama, in particular the story book "I Am Not a Number", and Aboriginal Creation Stories/Myths/Legends.
History may not be the most interesting topic for students in grade 8, however, it is important they understand the impact of people and events in our country and how they have affected our lives.
Please engage in conversation with your child about these topics. They have already been greatly affected by the introduction to Residential Schools. I have also given them the question "Should we be celebrating politicians e.g. Sir John A. MacDonald, when they have negatively affected Aboriginal people?". We are looking at the positive and negative impact he has had on the history of Canada, and the students will then come to their own conclusion and form their opinion, which will be their final assignment of the year.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact me at any time.