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NDA3M Contemporary First Nations, Métis And Inuit Issues & Perspectives – Grade 11 (University/College)

  • Grade 11

PREREQUISITE: Grade 10 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit in Canada, Open, or Grade 10 Canadian History since World War I, Academic or Applied

GRADE: 11 (University/College)

AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online

THE ONTARIO CURRICULUMFirst Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies

Course Overview

Learning to understand and appreciate diverse cultural perspectives, and to recognize that different cultures experience different realities, is an important aspect of becoming an engaged, thoughtful citizen in our increasingly interconnected world. NDA3M online provides students with an overview of the realities facing contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit at the community, regional, and national levels, and of the global context for those experiences. Students are given opportunities to analyze diverse First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives on issues and events related to land, community, governance, identity, culture, and global trends. Through their investigations, students learn to determine what needs to change and why. Their exploration of the factors shaping social action, and of Indigenous approaches to leadership and governance, help students appreciate the resiliency and persistence of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures and identities in contemporary life, as well as the contribution that these cultures make to contemporary Canadian society.

Political Inquiry and Skill Development

Essential Question: How can you become a critical political thinker in issues related to Indigenous peoples in Canada?

In this unit, students will cover the political inquiry process and concepts of political thinking when investigating contemporary issues, events, and development relating to Indigenous peoples in Canada. Students will use the skills developed in this unit for their investigations into contemporary Indigenous realities and perspectives in Canada. By the end of this unit students will be able to identify careers where knowledge of Indigenous issues and these skills may be an asset.

Cultural Identity and Cultural Continuity

Essential Question: What shaped the Indigenous identities in Canada?

In this unit, students learn the importance of cultural revitalization as they explore the influences of colonialism, racism, stereotyping, and cultural leadership on cultural identity and cultural continuity.

Sovereignty, Self-Governance and Community

Essential Question: What are the traditional First Nations, Métis and inuit (FNMI) governance structures and how did they change after Confederation?

In this unit, students will cover concepts of Indigenous identity and how this has been impacted by colonization by examining the terms used by colonial governments to categorize and classify Indigenous peoples. students will also cover the actions taken by Indigenous peoples to assert their distinct identities and revitalize their cultural traditions.

Relationships and Regional/National Perspectives

Essential Question: What influenced the relationships between the FNMI and non-FNMI? 

In this unit, students will develop their understanding of political, constitutional, and legal issues affecting First Nations, Métis, and Inuit relations with non-Indigenous governments across Canada.

Local and Global Challenges

Essential Question: What are the common issues facing Indigenous Peoples locally and globally? 

In this unit, students will situate the issues facing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and communities in Canada within the context of current global cultural, environmental, and social justice trends. Students will compare responses to these trends in Canada with responses in other countries, and explore strategies to raise awareness of issues of concern to Indigenous peoples around the world.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook.

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