NDW4M 12 Native Studies

Angela · September 4, 2020

Course Description

This course provides students with an overview of the issues and challenges that confront indigenous peoples worldwide. Students will develop an understanding of the concerns and aspirations of the world’s indigenous population, plan and conduct research on global issues that have an impact on indigenous peoples, and use information technology to consult materials related to the views of indigenous peoples throughout the world. Prerequisite: Any Grade 11 university, university/college, or college preparation course in Native studies.

Units of Study

UNIT 1Indigenous World Views25 hrs
UNIT 2The Fourth World “A Case Study of Indigenous Peoples”25 hrs
UNIT 3Challenges and Responses25 hrs
UNIT 4Relationships25 hrs
UNIT 5Renewal and Reconciliation25 hrs

Unit Overviews

Unit 1: Indigenous World Views

Time: 25 hours

Students discuss and compare terms that are used to define indigenous peoples. Students explore and investigate the diversity as well as the worldviews of groups of indigenous peoples in a global context. Students respond to the manner in which the worldviews of indigenous peoples express their autonomy, sovereignty and self-determination. Finally, students apply their understanding of the strategies that indigenous peoples use to preserve and sustain their cultures and languages.

Unit 2:  Independent Study

Time:  25 hours

Students choose an issue of significance to indigenous peoples’ world views and to indigenous and international relations of renewal and reconciliation. The process leading to, and the product that emerges from, this investigation is to be decided through a collaboration between student and teacher. Students must focus their inquiries on the ways in which indigenous peoples have been successful in responding to challenges to their culture, language, ancestral lands and economies. Upon completion of this course, students will have a greater understanding of an issue or a challenge that confronts indigenous peoples worldwide, through investigations based on indigenous peoples’ lives and living conditions in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and the Arctic.

Unit 3:  Challenges and Responses

Time:  25 hours

Students examine the impact of the challenges posed by the global economy on indigenous peoples’ identity and their subsequent reactions. Students identify, through examples and analysis, solutions that allow indigenous peoples to exercise their autonomy, and how they have acted to protect their rights. Finally, this analysis leads the students to identify the impediments to indigenous peoples’ full participation within the international community and to examine instances where indigenous peoples have asserted their sovereignty.

Unit 4:  Relationships

Time:  25 hours

Students focus on indigenous peoples in an international context. They demonstrate through the production of a report their understanding of terminology, geographical location, concepts of identity and world reactions to the affirmation of this identity. More specifically, the collaboration amongst indigenous peoples facing common issues and their views on sovereignty are examined. Finally, students are expected to compare the histories of the interactions among different indigenous peoples and their national governments and extend the comparison to the Canadian context.

Unit 5:  Renewal and Reconciliation

Time:  25 hours

In this unit, students use independent research methods to produce a presentation that examines the factors critical to ensuring healthy, sustainable indigenous communities. Using a seminar approach, students demonstrate their understanding of various issues that are commonly faced by indigenous peoples throughout the world. Finally, students explore the role of governments, corporations and indigenous peoples in fostering policy revision and political reform.

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