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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The story of Canada presentation and group activities

Guest Presentation by Ashima on February 7th from 2:15-3:15 pm

Engagement: Where are you from?

We created Canada in 1867 and people came from different places.  FNs people were already living here before 1867.

Activity 1: Keep the circle strong activity

Keep the circle strong.

Debrief: Was it fair? One circle of people and they are close together and it is hard to join the circle because they are friends. They made a tight circle.  We get scared if other people like t to come in. Who made the rules? Who followed the rules? Why did people not ask to change the rules?

Why did we not ask Jordan to get in the circle?  If people look different, do things which are different, let's talk to them. They are good people.

Activity 2: Group formation  No talking.  Put sticker on your forehead. You have to find a person with a same sticker like you.   Al the reds have to be together all the yellows have to be together, all the blues together, all the greens together?

Tyson pulled me in.

Why only 2 in yellow?

How does it feel to be part of green group?  Funny, cool.  There's more people. 

Are your friends in another group? Yes. Has anything changed?  My friendship circle.  Think of ways to get into your group?

Activity 3: What can we do to get more people to join our group?   (Small group activity)

Yellow-Gold: They will buy anything they want to get people to join the group
To threaten them to join

Blue group:  Do you want to trade partners with another group?

Green group:  We will offer something to join our group? Your friends are in this group?

Red group:  Trade stickers, give them markers, color stickers, Steal stickers, invite them to join the red group.

What do you the best group could be?
Green: Because it matches trees and money
Gold: Sun. We cannot live without the sun?

Regrouping: 1,2,3,4, and 5.  Write story of Canada in 5 stickies; You can draw pictures or a sentence or a word.

·      FNs people came first to Canada
·      Fur traders came
·      Frenchmen came and named Canada with a d
·      Pioneers came in boats
·      When people came first they called FN people Indians because they were on their route to India.

Before 1967 not just anyone could come to Canada

1923-1947:  No Chinese people allowed

before 1963: Non-white kids were allowed  to be adopted

Policies to keep certain people in and certain people out.  All our families have a story and my family story is not there in that textbook.  You can ask questions. How come my people are not their in Canada?

We are scared of other people and we don't want outsiders to come in. 

Our textbook does not do a good job of covering cultures.   The teacher said that in her school the textbooks only covered Europeans.  What happens if you only learn about your own culture?   

What's missing and whose stories are not being told.   It is good to understand everyone's story.