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Unit 4: Collective Rights

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Unit Briefing: Collective Charter Rights


In Canada, we recognize collective rights for some groups in addition to the
individual rights we recognize for all Canadians. These collective rights fall into two
main categories: the collective rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, and ones
for official language minorities.
As politicians in training you will need to investigate the origins and reasons for
collective rights in Canada, the laws (legislation) that supports collective rights, and how
they affect governance and citizenship in Canada. You will need to know how these
rights apply to your constituents, and how they will affect the way you do your job as a
Member of Parliament.

Objectives:
9.1.7 Assess, critically, how the increased demand for recognition of
collective rights has impacted the legislative process in Canada by
exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:
1. In what ways has the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
fostered recognition of collective rights in Canada?
2. In what ways does the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
meet the needs of Francophones in minority settings?
3. To what extent does the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
meet the needs of Francophones in Qubec?
4. To what extent should federal and provincial governments support
and promote the rights of official language minorities in Canada?
5. How does the Indian Act recognize the status and identity of
Aboriginal peoples?
6. How does legislation such as Treaty 6, Treaty 7 and Treaty 8
recognize the status and identity of Aboriginal peoples?
7. How do governments recognize Mtis cultures and rights through
legislation (i.e., treaties, governance, land claims, Mtis Settlements
in Alberta)?

Documentary
Case Study
(9.1.7.1,5-6)

Annotated
Timeline
(9.1.7.5-7)

Official Langage
Treaty
Minority Rights
Negoitiation
Academic
Northern
Simulation
Controversy
Gateway
Vocabulary Terms:
(9.1.5.6-7)
DebateIndian,
Collective
Rights, Treaty, Indian Act, Affirm, Collective Identity, First Nations,
Pipeline
Policy
Annuity, Reserve, Sovereignty, Treaty, Entrench, Patriate, Assimilate,
Ethnocentrism,
(9.1.7.2-4)
Anglophone, Francophone, Official Language Community, Scrip

Learning Projects:

Reccomendati
on (Position
Paper)
9.1.7.1, 5-7

Social 9

Unit 4: Collective Rights

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Social 9

Unit 4: Collective Rights

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Unit Project: Position Paper Northern Gateway


Pipeline
The northern gateway pipeline is a controversial project, which aims
to create a path for Albertas Oil through northern British Columbia to the
west coast, where it can be sold.
You must research the different perspectives of the federal
government, First Nations, provincial governments, and draft a policy
recommendation answering the question: Should the pipeline go ahead
and why or why not?
Make sure to consider the collective rights of First Nations and the
legislation, which supports those rights

Total

/46

= Position Paper Rubric (30) + Standards of Reasoning (16)

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Unit 4: Collective Rights

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Component Project: Treaty Negotiation Simulation


Reflect on the simulation by answering the following questions in complete
sentences. Be prepared to share you answers with the class:
1. What historical situation is this simulation meant to model?
2. Who did each of the parties in the negotiations represent?
3. After the negotiations, what were the terms you believed that you had
agreed too?
4. To what extent were you successful in negotiating a fair treaty?
5. To what extent was it possible for you to negotiate a fair treaty?
6. What were the biggest challenges in negotiating the treaty?
7. How did you feel before and during the negotiations?
8. How did you feel when the terms of the treaty were finally revealed?
9. In what ways was this simulation accurate and in what ways was it
not?

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Unit 4: Collective Rights

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Component Project: FNMI Rights Timeline


Using your text pages 128-135, and 152-159, create a timeline showing
details about 10 key events in the history of First Nations Collective Rights
in Canada, and 6 key events in the development of Metis Collective Rights
in Canada. Each event in your timeline must include images.
You may work in groups of 3-4, and should make use of a timeline creator.
Options include:
http://www.tiki-toki.com/, http://www.timetoast.com/, or
http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline_2/
When you are complete. Post a link to this timeline on your blog.

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Component Project: Documentary Case Study


Write an editorial about the situation on the Kattawapiskak reserve. To what
extent are the rights of that First Nation being upheld by the Federal
government? Use examples from the documentary to support your
response.
This editorial should be posted to your blog.

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Component Project: Official Language Minority Academic


Controversy
In a small group you will have 20 minutes to take notes and prepare
arguments for both sides of this question.
To what extent has the Charter of Rights and Freedoms done a good job of
fostering the rights of Francophones in Quebec and across Canada?

Affirmative

Negative