The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to historical and contemporary legal decisions that have shaped the landscape of Aboriginal Title and Rights. By reviewing precedent-setting legal decisions and Federal/Crown legislation (such as the Royal Proclamation, 1763; Indian Act, 1876, and the Constitution Act, 1982) students will develop an understanding of how Canadian legal decisions have impacted the social, cultural, economic and political livelihood of Indigenous People in Canada.
Additional Information for Educators
This lesson draws on research and archival material from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs’ digital collections: Our Homes Are Bleeding and the First Nations Digital Document Source (FNDDS). These materials are based on a research paper on Aboriginal Title and Rights comissioned by UBCIC in 2007. Educators will find that this lesson may be introduced to students as an individual lesson by direct instruction (use of power point) and quiz-format assessment, or it may be integrated with the additional materials (2 additional lessons) produced by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs on the subject of ‘Aboriginal Title and Rights.’
This lesson includes one short, quiz-format assessment exercise. Educators may use any or all of these questions at their discretion. Potential answers have been provided, however, educators are advised to implement the quiz as they see fit.
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