Explain your lack of knowledge about Canada’s Aboriginal peoples (i.e., no exposure to Aboriginal peoples, international student, new to Canada, etc.)



Soci 1121 - Assignment 3 – Aboriginal Issues




  1. Explain your lack of knowledge about Canada’s Aboriginal peoples (i.e., no exposure to Aboriginal peoples, international student, new to Canada, etc.)
  2. 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:
    1. What are your understandings regarding the culture(s) of these peoples?
    2. What are your understandings regarding the issues they face?
    3. 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)?
  1. 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/)
  2. In addition, access TWO of the following:


Circle of justice [videorecording] T.P. Productions ; Duncan Moss Productions.
E 98 C87 C58 2004


Kuper Island – Return to the Healing Circle (1997) Documentary. 

Available at: https://vimeo.com/50154878


Place of the boss [videorecording] = Utshimassits produced by Triad Film Productions Ltd. and John Walker Productions Ltd. in co-production with National Film Board of Canada Atlantic Centre ; in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. [Montreal] : NFB, c1996.
E 99 E7 P59 1996 or streamed through the Langara Library https://www.nfb.ca/film/place_of_the_boss_utshimassits/


Highway of Tears (2015) Documentary.

Langara Library: HV 6762 C3 H548 2015

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) Documentary.

Available at: https://www.nfb.ca/film/qallunaat_why_white_people_are_funny/


Finding Dawn (2006) Documentary. Available at: http://www.nfb.ca/film/finding_dawn/ or streamed through the Langara Library. 


Whose 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 or



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.


  1. Answer the following:
    1. Which resources did you choose and why?
    1. 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?
    2. 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!”



Remember that writing 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 assignment. 





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