Create a Comparative Magazine Article
and
Comparison to Tsawwassen Treaty

Learning Outcome addressed

Explain how Canadians can effect change at the federal and provincial levels (related to policy, legal, and legislation);
Demonstrate knowledge of the challenges faced by aboriginal people in Canada during the 20th century and their responses, with reference to:
  • Treaty Negotiations

Enduring Understandings

to understand the reasoning in the treaty making process.
Treaties are created as a resolution to conflicting needs.

Essential Questions

How has Canada dealt differently with First Peoples from other nations?

Suggested Time

75 minutes

Resources

Treaty Negotiations
https://nisgaatreaty.wikispaces.com/file/view/Negotiations+--+Ways+Done.doc
BC Gov Treaty Negotitations
https://nisgaatreaty.wikispaces.com/file/view/Negotiations+--+BC+Gov.doc
Nisga'a Treaty Negotiations
https://nisgaatreaty.wikispaces.com/file/view/Negotiations+--+Nisga%27a.doc
Canadian Government Treaty Negotiations
https://nisgaatreaty.wikispaces.com/file/view/Negotiations+--+Cda+Gov.doc
Research Nisga'a Treaty
https://nisgaatreaty.wikispaces.com/file/view/Research+Nisga+Treaty+doc.doc
Online articles: http://www.canadianconstitutionfoundation.ca/files/pdf/News%20Release%20Chief%20Mountain%209%20Oct%202007%5B2%5D.pdf
http://www.canadianconstitutionfoundation.ca/main/page.php?page_id=141
http://unns.wordpress.com/2007/10/11/bc-court-of-appeal-reinstates-challenge-to-historic-nisgaa-treaty/
http://www.turtleisland.org/news/news-nisga.htm
http://www.c2cjournal.ca/public/articles/43

Please refer to p.10 of The Treaty Process in BC : Shaping the Future, A resource guide for grade 9.10,and 11 Teachers (BC Ministry Queens Printer) for information on dealing with controversial topics. This information is also available through the BCTF Teaching Controversial Issues workshop facilitator’s package.

United Nations News - B.C. Court of Appeal reinstates challenge to historic Nisga’a treatyhttp://unns.wordpress.com/2007/10/11/bc-court-of-appeal-reinstates-challenge-to-historic-nisgaa-treaty/

Create a Comparative Magazine Article



Suggested Activities


Assignment

You will create and present a newspaper article in order influence the treaty making process.

You need to develop a convincing alternate voice so that everyone will apply critical thinking to the treaty making process.

Goals

Your task is to watch the video Nisga’a: Dancing in Two Worlds and also research the online resources. Then, working in a small group you will create a magazine article that will compare a range of points of view on the Nisga’a treaty making process.

The goal is to apply critical thinking to the treaty making process.

The challenge is to discover alternate voices.
The obstacle to overcome is the lack of awareness of information in this area.

Pursuing Role

You are a female Nisga’a author.
You have been asked to write a magazine article comparing different views on the Nisga’a treaty making process.
Your job is Nisga’a matriarch.

Audience

Your clients are readers of a national magazine.
Your target audience is the general public and also government.
You need to convince the public and politicians.

Situation

The context you find yourself in is questioning the treaty process.
The challenge involves dealing with preconceived notions of treaty benefits.

Standards


Your performance needs to influence your audience’s thinking and contain accurate information.
Your work will be judged by self and peer evaluation using the rubric.


Comparison to Tsawwassen Treaty


Suggested Time

75 minutes


Suggested Activities


Assignment

Having watched the video Nisga’a: Dancing in Two Worlds and using information from the magazine article created, research the additional online resources related to the Tsawwassen Accord. Then, working with a partner, create a chart that compares the similarities and differences of the challenges of the Nisga and Tsawwassen treaty making processes.

Goals

The goal is to apply critical thinking to the treaty making process.

The challenge is to compare the alternate voices of both treaties.
The obstacle is to find comparable information to create the chart.

Pursuing Role

You are a local Tsawwassen politician.
You have been asked by local constituents to present a chart to government that will compare challenges of the Nisga’a and Tsawwassen treaty making process issues in advance of the treaty agreement.
Your job is mayor.

Audience

Your clients are local constituents.
Your target audience is government.
You need to convince other politicians.

Situation

The context you find yourself in is questioning the treaty benefits relative to both local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal needs.
The challenge involves comparing issues already experienced with the Nisga’a treaty to Tsawwassen’s situation and dealing with preconceived notions of treaty benefits.

Products

You will create and present a chart to government that similarities and differences between the challenges of the Nisga’a and Tsawwassen treaty making process.
You need to compare past to present so that government will apply critical thinking to the treaty making process.


Standards

Your performance needs to influence government planning and contain accurate information.
Your work will be judged by self and peer evaluation using the rubric .
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