Gord Downie Canada 150 We Day July 2, 2017
Reminder: Culminating Task begins tomorrow; finish reading p.260 and do #1-3, 4; p.261-264 #1-3; p.265-269 (do the first #2 as a journal) and do the “Thinking” questions #1-3.
National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
The Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council has released a prayer of thanksgiving for families to mark the 2016 National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. The Council and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops have promoted the annual National Day of Prayer since 2002. It is celebrated on December 12, the memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom Pope Pius XII proclaimed patroness of the Americas in 1946. The devotion dates to 1531 when the Blessed Mother appeared as an Aztec princess to a humble Indigenous peasant, Saint Juan Diego, at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac which eventually became part of Villa de Guadalupe, a suburb of Mexico City. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica on December 12.
TED TALK: Canada's State of Emergency
Key line from "Two Against the North"
"Your schools taught me to not be Indian. Now, you want me to be Indian again."
Two Against The North Questions
Two Against the North:
"I stand in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations and all Canadians who find themselves with no voice in our present version of democracy, who are trying to come up with the entry fee that gets them a seat at the table where their pollution future is being discussed." — Gord Downie, 2014
November 6 to 12 marks the first Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario. Proclaimed earlier this year, the week was created to promote public education and awareness about treaty rights and treaty relationships.
p.78-79 #2-3; p.80 #1-3
txt: p.58-63 #1-3 & #1-2; p.64-71 #1; p.72 (read carefully, this is test material); p.77 #1-2: due: Friday
This week's work:
1.read p. 49-52, do both #1's on p.52
2. p.53-54 #1-2
3. overdue: Make an 8x10 colorful drawing of your name and add at least one animal that you think represents you and anything else (color(s), number(s), that might represent you.
4. p.55 #1
Today, we are watching the film Dances With Wolves (our guest co-teacher yesterday, Mr. Beacom, introduced the film talking about the symbolism and allegorical significance to look for in the film.
Sept.12-13 in-class work
Ch.1: p.5 #1, p.11 #1-2, Journal: 1. Why did we hunt the buffalo/bison to the point of extinction? 2. Interpret: "Language for me shapes the personality of a culture."
p.31 #1, 4, 5, 6, 7
#TrendThink is our own class hashtag this semester for use in our discussion board and on Twitter to promote social commentary and class-inspired observations regarding social justice and potential paradigm shifts #paradigmshift
Lots of news stories on residential schools over the last few weeks (May/June 2015). Re: 6,000 children lost their lives. Debate: Was it cultural genocide? http://globalnews.ca/news/2031617/in-their-words-what-residential-school-survivors-told-the-truth-and-reconciliation-commission/?preview_id=2031617
General steps to following through on a project
1. READ THE WHOLE ASSIGNMENT OUT LOUD FROM START TO FINISH :)
2. Brainstorm ideas
3. Create Outline
4. Conduct Research
5. Revise Outline
6. Conduct more Research
7. Reference Research (citationmachine.net)
8. Write Rough Draft- turn your outline points into sentences
9. Proofread & Edit
10. Write Final Draft
Canada Is The Only UN Member To Reject Landmark Indigenous Rights Document
Shape Shifting beliefs from Aboriginal pasts
Native American Youth in Crisis
1. "Dances With Wolves": senseless violence begets senseless violence; 7 sacraments symbolism; why was he given that name? Which tribe did he join? (The Sioux).
2. "Lost in the Barons" key quote: "They took more then they gave." (Owasin's father in regards to the residential school).
3. "For Angela": Why did she cut her hair? What did the principal do?
4. "Lost Songs": TB problem in residential schools (many children had to spend several years in hospital).
5. David Bouchard on being Metis: "Before I was Metis." (He didn't know that he was Native at all). He remained Catholic. Now he "taps into genetic memories of grandparents."
6. "The Elders Are Watching: "They watch as you dig ore from the ground." (Who are "they" and why would they be watching?)
7. Inuit doc: eating of raw meat/raw fish; only way out = airport; igloos; Innalik School (like '90's, eg. TV set); schools-> Math, French, non-Native teachers; class trip to Montreal (overwhelmed first impressions of buildings, people, train, subway system, mall, hotel, tapless sinks, and bowling); how far one is willing to walk to get to a fox trap; why doesn't the fox trap always work?; Why so much suicide?; Why was it unheard of" in the days of the Elders?; Did the children look happy?; the mother: "If not for him (her son), I would be dead."; Do they all graduate?
8. What to study for next test and final exam: The above 7 points, handouts, dream catchers, "sacred", "interconnectedness, Languages: Cree, Sioux, Mi'kmaq, Metis, Inuit; pow wow; rite of passage; sweat lodge; Inuit art; John Cabet 1497; residential schools, know 2 class links; Jaques Cartier 1534, Louis Riel, missing Aboriginal women, Elder Robinson, David Bouchard, Lisa Odjig & Dance (p.17); Lindsay Knight, Elders, Symbols, Anishinaabe.
In native and ancient traditions, it was believed that all homes had a House Spirit. It was considered essential to connect with that Spirit for auspicious energy to fill the home.
*Course Outline can be viewed by scrolling down to "class files"
“The sun never says to the earth,
'You owe me.'