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Aboriginal Youth Identity Series: First Nations Contributions
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Generalization & Objectives

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Grade 8-9- Generalization & Objectives


The occupations and careers of Canada’s First Nations have changed significantly over time.


From the time of pre-contact, contact, and post-contact eras the occupations and careers of First Nations people have changed significantly based on a number of factors and influences. Students will be given the opportunity to learn how and why occupations and careers have changes as well as investigating and hypothesizing how they may continue to change in the future.



  • Students will identify historical roles and occupations of First Nations people prior to and at the time of contact
  • Students will be able to discern between roles and occupations of men and women
  • Students will recognize what factors influenced the change in First Nations occupations/careers at the time of contact and afterwards
  • Students will hypothesize as to what First Nations careers/occupations will be in the future


  • Students will interpret historical information and or oral histories to make general inferences as to First Nations roles and occupations
  • Students will investigate modern/contemporary occupations of First Nations people in Alberta
  • Students will develop a report that details the change of First Nations roles, occupation, and careers and identify possible future occupations
  • Students will identify and list specific historical events/situations and recognize how they have impacted First Nations people roles, occupations, and careers in Canada or Alberta


  • Students will continue to develop a sense of pride towards their culture and history
  • Students will continue to develop increasing awareness of First Nations history and culture and their evolving roles in Canadian society

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