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Aboriginal Youth Identity Series: First Nations Contributions
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Grade 10-12 - Introductory Activity & Research

Introductory Activity

Use the biographies section as a springboard for a brainstorming session. Go over the list with students, and then take suggestions from students regarding other possible role models of Aboriginal descent. Be sure to ask students to identify the profession that these people are involved in. Try to generate as much discussion as possible so students can make informed choices when it comes time to select a role model.

Research

After the brainstorming session is complete, have students carefully choose a person they are interested in learning more about. Students will then create posters that communicate the following information

  • Gender/family/beliefs/ancestry/culture
  • Other important biographical information about the person
  • Province that person lived/lives in
  • Profession/area that this person contributed to
  • Pictures or sketches of that person
  • Any other artwork or symbols that are appropriate to that person.

Students are encouraged to use a variety of research materials to complete this project. The Internet, library, magazines, newspapers and books are a good start. Students should be encouraged to try to contact those role models still living to gain more information if possible.

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