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B2: Empowering Aboriginals

Guess what happened on Friday? A small step forward, but yet another example of how the Aboriginal people are still dealing with the effects of the colonization of Canada, namely the treaty processes, reserves, and residential schools. Although we will never fully understand PLO B2, “evaluate the impact of interactions between the Aboriginal peoples and European settlers and explorers in Canada”, because it is still going on today, we are.. Read More

99 years of Wisdom in 99 seconds

 “Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.” A quote from the times when I still walked the earth. Recent events have left me dizzy – not from the fast-paced changes we are going through, but from constantly rolling in my grave. In this year of the confederation of Canada, I am now 54 years dead. If I still lived, I would be 99 years old – older than.. Read More

Pan-Aboriginal Confederation, anyone?

As the years have passed, I have seen the aboriginal condition only worsen. We do not have the rights that the white men enjoy, nor the power to bargain for any sort of deal. The treaties continue to sell our land, without regard for the people and where they will hunt and live. The white people invade our land even where there are no treaties, and force us out of.. Read More

Shots fired….Tecumseh’s dying thoughts

It is a chill morning. Fall has its grip upon the land, and turns the trees the colours of the carrots and corn ready for the last harvest. But I have never been a farmer. My trade is the spear, soft footsteps, and sudden war cries. My brother would have told me, the duty of the warrior is to protect his people; but as of late, my people are scattered and.. Read More

Mapping Out (British North) America

I really like historical maps. Especially the one that Fiona added to the resource library, where you can click on different dates to see the changes in state or country boundary lines.  “After the war of 1812, immigration to British North America led to a more diversified economy, with lumbering, farming and shipbuilding growing in both the Maritimes and in the Canadas. But by the 1830s there was a great.. Read More

An Original Title

Where have we been? Where are we going? These questions really change depending on who I define “we” as. It could be the universe, or a specific group of people, like the TALONS class. For the sake of brevity and my sanity, I will set “we” to mean the human species for now. Aside from where we’ve literally been as a species (the Earth, Moon and nearby areas of outer.. Read More

The French Resolution

Fall 1793 It appears that these tumultuous times are drawing to a close – at least for now. Louis-Auguste has been executed, and rumours are circulating that Marie-Antoinette has been doing some horrible deeds: it is almost certain she will be executed. This effectively puts an end to the near-absolute power held by the nobles, royals and clergy. It is up to the Jacobins now to channel the general will into.. Read More

The French Get Feisty

November 1792 Fast forward from the last post – I have lived, died and have miraculously been able to watch over the events now happening in France. I was expecting the afterlife – heaven, the crème de la crème, right? Mais non! I’ve thought and thought for most of my life, so I am to stick around and think some more while watching these events. And the French, they have not been.. Read More

Social Studies: How is a Culture created?

In class, we defined culture as a way of life, a shared set of values, beliefs, understanding or ideas between a group of people or a shared “identity”. Although we don’t think about it, brushing your teeth is in fact part of culture. The health care culture, which makes up part of Canada’s (and many other countries’) cultures, has a shared value of healthy lifestyle and practices that we do.. Read More

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