First Nations' Studies

"A Journey into Time Immemorial" provides many educational tools that coincide with the learning objectives for students in grades 10 and 11 First Nations' studies.

Grades 10 and 11

Students will successfully achieve a well-rounded knowledge of Aboriginal traditions, values, history and life-ways. Students will understand the importance of family structure , mutual support, and harmony. Students will learn about the vital interconnected relationship between First Nations peoples and the environment, including land management , plant management , seasonality , and resource stewardship practices. The profound influence of the environment on settlement patterns , the economy and culture , should not be understated.

Aboriginal people historically have a unique relationship with the environment, which becomes apparent through studying their fishing , hunting , and food collecting and processing practices. Equally interesting is the First Nations' use of natural resources like cedar trees and bark to create canoes , housing , rope , and basketry . Their connection to nature is also related to spiritual beliefs , language and identity.

Students are asked to compare and contrast variations between nations. While understanding that there are commonalities in values and traditions between Aboriginal groups, it is essential to recognize the diversity and interaction between different Aboriginal groups (i.e. in interactions such as trade ).

Students will understand aspects of traditional education through traditional stories , a form of communication critical to the transmission and preservation of cultural information. Students will recognize the present-day importance of oral tradition in Aboriginal communities. Students can study traditional ceremonies such as the potlatch, which merge traditional ceremonial styles with contemporary practices.

First Nations studies will benefit native and non-native individuals. Students will increase their communication skills, helping to dispel inaccurate stereotypes.

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