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Aboriginal Youth Identity Series: First Nations Contributions
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Generalization & Objectives

Introductory Activity

Main Lesson

Supplementary Lesson


Grade 8-9- Main Lesson

Main Activity

Using the information from the brainstorming session, have students answer the following questions in complete sentences. Students may wish to consult the Student Zone section of the Edukit to search for information.

Exploring First Nations Roles, Occupations, and Careers

1. Find an example of a First Nations individual involved in politics both historically and currently? Describe their roles then and now.

2. Find an example of a First Nations artist from the past and the present (choose two individuals who use the same artistic medium such as painting or carving). Has the look or message of the art changed? Has respect, recognition, or significance of First Nations artists changed over the years? For the better or worse in your opinion?

3. Find an example of two First Nations leaders from traditional and contemporary times? How have their roles in their communities changed over time? Why and what has influenced these changes? What aspects have NOT changed over time? In your opinion why do you think some aspects or values towards these leaders have not changed?

4. What were the traditional roles of First Nations men and women? How do those roles/occupations differ from today or are there similarities? How have these roles and occupations evolved over time? List two factors that have effected men and women’s roles today.

5. Discover and describe a First Nations owned business. Why was this business created? How does it benefit First Nations people? What First Nations principals, values, or beliefs are reflected in the organization and maintenance of the business? How would this differ if the business was owned by a non-Aboriginal person?

6. What are some of the contributions that First Nations people have made to the economy? List two examples and describe.

7. List two First Nations occupations that existed at the time of contact. Do these roles still exist in First Nations communities today? Have the occupations changed significantly?

8.Describe a historical and contemporary First Nations sports hero. What made them successful in your opinion?

9. What kind of occupations or careers do you think First Nations people may have in the future? Why do you think this?

10. What would your dream occupation or career be? What are some of the steps you will have to take to reach your dream?


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