Soci 1121 - Assignment 3 – Aboriginal Issues
IF YOU HAD LITTLE TO NO KNOWLEDGE OF CANADA’S ABORIGINAL
PEOPLES PRIOR TO THIS COURSE, PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Explain your lack of knowledge about Canada’s Aboriginal peoples
(i.e., no exposure to Aboriginal peoples, international student, new to
- Do you have knowledge of any Aboriginal/Indigenous/Native peoples
in other societies? If international student: Are
there any Aboriginal/Indigenous/Native people in your home country? If
no, continue to Question 3. If yes,
answer a-c below:
- What are your understandings regarding the culture(s) of these peoples?
- What are your understandings regarding the issues they face?
- What kind
of prejudices or stereotypes (if any) do you hold regarding these people? Where do you think these come from? What sort of effect do you think they
may have on your perceptions of Aboriginal culture and issues in Canada
(this is the application of the sociological perspective)?
- NOW, watch the
film We Were Children (streamed through the Langara Library or from
the National Film Board of Canada - https://www.nfb.ca/film/we_were_children/)
- In addition, access TWO
of the following:
Kuper Island – Return to the Healing Circle (1997) Documentary.
Available at: https://vimeo.com/50154878
Being Innu [electronic resource] / by Catherine Mullins. Streamed through
the Langara Library.
The people of
the Kattawapiskak river [electronic resource] / National Film Board of Canada - Streamed through the
Langara Library or https://www.nfb.ca/film/people_of_kattawapiskak_river/
Quallunaat! Why White People Are Funny (2006)
Available at: https://www.nfb.ca/film/qallunaat_why_white_people_are_funny/
Dawn (2006) Documentary. Available at: http://www.nfb.ca/film/finding_dawn/
or streamed through the Langara Library.
land is it anyway? Documentary. 8th Fire.
Or E 78
C2 E18 2012 Ep. 3 DVD-R – Langara Library
Birth of a Family (2018) Documentary
– National Film Board of Canada.
Streamed through the Langara Library
Finding Cleo (2018). CBC Podcast
– Missing and Murdered Series
Available at: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/findingcleo
Also available for
streaming through the Langara Library and on Apple Podcasts.
- Answer the following:
- Which resources did you choose and why?
- How did this inform your views on Canada as a society in general
and the treatment of Aboriginal peoples in Canada in specific? Did it change your perception on Canada
and if so, how?
- Given what you now know, how would you answer someone who says to
you, “I just don’t understand why
Aboriginal people in Canada can’t get over the past!”
counts. Regardless of the
brilliance of your thinking on the subject, if it is poorly expressed, you will
not get a good mark (I call this ‘when bad writing happens to good
ideas’). Poor writing and grammar have a
negative impact on the clarity and quality of your argument, and will be
penalized. Proof-read, spell-check,
grammar-check, and double check. Access
the Writing Centre or use the WriteAway resource if you need help editing.
For this assignment, you will not be using any external research
sources beyond the lecture notes, which for this assignment, you do not
need to cite. However, you will need to
list which of the above sources you accessed for your analysis. As
such, the entire paper must be composed of your original thought – no
outside sources can be used for the analysis. The lecture notes are to be used for
informative purposes only – they should not comprise any part of your final
FORMAT OF ANALYSIS: