Modern Challenges to Canadian First Nations – project

You and your group will choose to research one of three health and social problems facing First Nations people in Canada today – Mental Health/Suicide, Diabetes, Water Quality as represented by the Grassy Narrows mercury pollution disaster.

Here are the steps you need to follow to complete this project.

1   Create a google doc that you all share to copy and paste the url of any source you access on the web.  This could be a journal or magazine article, government website, youtube video etc.  If Mr. Wilson wants to confirm the accuracy of  any statements you make in your project you must be able to find where you got your information.

2  You will research your issue starting with the sources suggested by the teacher.  Make notes of important information or ideas you find.

3  Start making slides for your google slides; map out what your poster will look like and start creating its elements; make a story-board for you video.  You will present to the teacher on your own and not in front of the class in a seminar setting.  You can present in power-point format, with a poster, with a video or other means with teacher permission.  Assessment criteria for these formats will be coming tomorrow.  A Heads Up! – power-point/google slides should not be text heavy.  Use one image per big idea with only a few bullet points.  Your script will have the details.

Mental Health and Suicide in First Nations Communities

Describe what suicide is, what leads people to do it; compare suicide rates of First Nations people to the broader population.  What is being done and what can and should be done to prevent it among First Nations people.  Looking at a community that has had a suicide epidemic will be useful.

 

Keep a source page on a google doc shared among your group members and Mr. Wilson.  Any thing you look at – article, story, video should be logged here.

Here are some good places you should start.  Each member can read each article or web page.  Alternatively each member can take notes on each source and present a summary and important points to their group members.  

Attawapiskat suicide epidemic  http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/suicide-crisis-attawapiskat-context-legacy-canadas-residential-schools

 

Article on Canadian Aboriginal mental health and some startling suicide stats.  http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/suicide-among-canada-s-first-nations-key-numbers-1.2854899

 

Guardian article describing the causes of First Nations suicide crisis  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/12/canadian-first-nation-suicide-epidemic-attawapiskat-indigenous-people

 

Wikipedia article on suicide – a good general explanation of causes in first paragraph and world wide stats later.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide

 

Diabetes and the First Nations People

Describe what diabetes is; how it affects people; the type of diabetes prevalent among First Nations people; why they are so more vulnerable to it than the rest of the Canadian population and what can and is being done to reduce its occurrence.

Keep a source page on a google doc shared among your group members and Mr. Wilson.  Any thing you look at – article, story, video should be logged here.

Here are some good places you should start.  Each member can read each article or web page.  Alternatively each member can take notes on each source and present a summary and important points to their group members.  

Wikipedia page describing diabetes  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_mellitus

Government of Canada site describing the problem with statistics.  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/diseases-maladies/diabete/index-eng.php

From Diabetes Canada  http://www.diabetes.ca/about-diabetes/types-of-diabetes

Grassy Narrows Mercury poisoning

Do a power point, video, poster (or other effective medium) that describes the problem at Grassy Narrows; its cause or causes; the affect on thecommunity and individuals and what has been done – or needs to be done – to solve the problem.

Keep a source page on a google doc shared among your group members and Mr. Wilson.  Any thing you look at – article, story, video should be logged here.

 

Here are some good places you should start.  Each member can read each article or web page.  Alternatively each member can take notes on each source and present a summary and important points to their group members.  

This Wikipedia article describes the problem very briefly https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asubpeeschoseewagong_First_Nation

This Wikipedia article on Minamata disease (mercury poisoning). Read the introduction only.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamata_disease

Globe article from 2016

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/90-of-grassy-narrows-residents-show-mercury-poisoning-signs-researchers/article31966087/

New York Times article from April – new revelation.

 

Any videos about Grassy Narrows or effects and treatment of mercury poisoning? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/opinion/the-town-where-mercury-still-rises.html?_r=0

Has the government response been adequate?

 

February 16 homework and test prep

Students are preparing for the Traditional Trade seminar. Read and take notes on the following sections, starting on page 48.

– Trade Economies
– Trading for Status Goods
– Controlling the trade

We will have our first unit test on Thursday, Feb. 23. It will be on chapters 1 to 3. Study all notes and worksheets. Here is the study package
Chapter 1-3 review

This study package is NOT exhaustive. Questions will be asked ideas and information from your notes and worksheets.

Conflict Resolution and Spirituality

After reading the sections in the text on conflict resolution and spirituality and watching Frank Brown’s story in the video ‘Voyage of Rediscovery’ you are to write a persuasive essay on this question:

Is there a connection between traditional First Nations spirituality and conflict resolution?

The essay should be between 3 and 5 paragraphs long.

Your first paragraph should include a hook, a brief description of traditional conflict resolution, and a thesis statement.

Your body paragraphs should use evidence from the video of the connection.

Your final paragraph should summarize your ideas and expand them.  For example, is this model of conflict resolution and spirituality something we can implement in the wider society? Or, have you seen examples of the connection between spirituality and conflict resolution in other situations – not connected to First Nations people perhaps.

Medicine Walk

Salmon Berry

Stinging Nettle

salal

We will go on a walk to the Brown Property to complete a plant identification assignment.  To get ready for the assignment see if you can identify the following plants.

 

 

OregonGrapes

oregon grape

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Thimble Berry

skunk cabbage

vanilla leaf

Vanilla Leaf

Licorice Fern

red cedar

Red Cedar

Huckle Berry

western yew leaves

Yew

Yew

Yew

 

 

 

 

 

FrnBracken1

Bracken

devil's

Devil’s Club

 

 

 

Fir