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Secondary Instructional Plan: Francophone and other Ethnic Settlement and Language Rights (Grade 9)

Part One

Table of Contents

Learning Outomes
Introductory Activity: Exploring the Relationship
Main Activity: Multi-Paragraph Assignment
Extension Activity


Learning Outcomes

Focus: Immigration from Sifton’s policies and communities established by Francophones in Western Canada.


General Outcome
Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how Canada’s political processes impact citizenship and identity in an attempt to meet the needs of all Canadians.
9.1.7 •
In what ways does the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms meet the needs of Francophones in minority settings?
To what extent should federal and provincial governments support and promote the rights of official language minorities in Canada?
How do governments recognize Métis cultures and rights through legislation (i.e., treaties, governance, land claims, Métis Settlements in Alberta)?


By looking back to the time of Francophone and other Ethnic Settlement in Alberta and the discrimination/hardships those settlers encountered, students should develop an appreciation for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that exists in Canada today. Students will examine Immigration policies and their relationship to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and speculate how those policies and the Charter may have helped ease the struggle of Alberta’s Francophone and other Ethnic Settlers.

Introductory Activity: Exploring the Relationship

Ask students what they know about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Brainstorm a list on the board, and have students record in their notes. Direct students to an online copy of the Charter or provide them with a hard copy. In groups have students go over the document once for understanding. Now ask them to go through the document looking for connections to immigration and/or immigrants as well as meeting the needs of Francophones or other Ethnic settlers in minority settings. Have them record their observations in the following table.

Carter of Rights and Freedoms

Immigration Policies

Rights stated in Charter
What it means to you
Connection to Immigration Policies/Meeting needs of Francophones in Minority Setings

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