Lesson 1: Aboriginal Linguistic and Cultural Groups
Grade 10: Aboriginal Studies
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the diverse cultural characteristics, origins, migration, and settlement patterns of Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal peoples across Canada have distinct cultures, traditions, and often languages. It is important for students to be able to identify the major linguistic groups in Canada and Alberta and note the differences and similarities amongst cultures who share the same language family, such as the Plains Cree and Siksika (Blackfoot) people are a part of the Algonkian language family but speak different languages.
Using a blank map of Canada and the Language and Culture Edukit students will create, label, colour, and title a map of Canada that outlines the eleven major linguistic groups in Canada. Students will create a second map, using the blank map template that identifies the Aboriginal cultural groups in Canada.
Using their maps as a guideline, students will choose two Aboriginal cultural groups that share the same major language family, but do not speak the same language. Some examples are:
Students will research, comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences, of the two cultural groups. Students should make note of how the languages are similar or different and how language is interwoven with the culture. Students will present their findings on a poster board and give a brief presentation to the class. Students will also write an accompanying paragraph that discusses the importance of language upon the two cultures.