September 10

History 30 1.1 Geography Sets the Stage

Before you can study and contemplate the history of Canada, you need to fully understand the unique elements of the landmass that makes up our country, to understand what limitations may have existed for decision-makers at the time, or what prompted certain decisions based on utilizing certain resources. Map Canada political-geo.png

And understanding Canada in this specific regional and geographic way is different than understanding the breakdown of Canada by provinces or territories.


  1. We’ve read about a Cross Canada Tour from a humourous perspective.
  2. You took on the Map challenge to try, by memory, to fill in many of the elements of Canada’s make up.Now, do the following.
  3. Read the given handout for Chapter 1: Geography Sets the Stage. 
    1. You can listen along to an audio recording of the chapter here if it helps with your comprehension.
      Open Audio Recording of Chapter Here (Sign into your Sunwest Acc to Access)
    2. As you listen, or after, fill in jot notes on the Summary Handout that goes with it.
    3. Comprehension Questions on Cause and Consequence: Alone or with others, try answering the questions that follow in your handout. How did the geographic realities of Canada’s landmass impact the early development of our country?
  4. Watch the video on Canadian geography (embedded below). If you can add anything to your list of Canadian geography elements you think are noteworthy, do so.
  5. Understanding the seven regions of Canada: Alone or with peers, develop summary notes of the significant pros/cons and resources available in each of the regions. Consider, as well, how the geography of each may have impacted where settlement did and didn’t happen in the early development of Canada.
    1. Landforms PDF – a teacher’s slides online (some differences in title, but informative)
  6. Activity and Personal Response: Canada’s Arctic Sovereignty
    Will you Love it or List it? Swipe Right or Swipe Left?

    Does Canada need to maintain and protect it’s Arctic Region or would it lose anything to let it go to other interested countries? 
    Research the issue and area involved, what other countries are at odds with Canada for control of the area, and find out what Canada benefits or gains by keeping that control.

    You will either record an audio defence of your position or write out your position and submit.

    Article Options to Start With:

    1. Read and discuss the article “The Melting Arctic Heats up the Question of who Governs the Northwest Passage”. Use the guiding questions in your handout to help guide your discussion, if necessary.
    2. Note: You can Rewordify this article – read it with more common word use – if you feel the reading level is too challenging for you. Copy and paste the article contents into the website at this link. 















Posted September 10, 2019 by Waldner in category History 30

1 thoughts on “History 30 1.1 Geography Sets the Stage

  1. Waldner (Post author)

    Canada Geography/Regions Info from YouTube Video:
    – 11 points on the maple leaf
    – 2nd largest country
    – in North America
    – surrounded by 3 oceans, covers 6 times zones
    – 88 000 kms – longest border between two countries (Canada vs USA)
    – has an Island in dispute with Denmark and an Island in the Maritimes France still claims as their own
    – Quebec – some towns actually straddle the Canadian/US border
    – Northwest Angle (sharp jut along American border) belongs to Minnesota near Lake of the Woods
    – 80% of Canadians live within 100 miles to US border
    – 2 highways into Yukon or North West Territories, but no roads into Nunavut (have to enter by plain or boat)
    – Canada has most northernly habited place in the world – a military research facility
    – Canada is a united country, but Quebec considers itself a separate province
    – Meteoralogical features – The Hudsons Bay – 2nd largest Bay in the world
    – 2 to 3 million lakes (has 60% of world’s lakes)
    – Canadian Shield – exposed igneous rock – lots of mining, nickel, gold, coppy
    – world’s largest third order lake island (island in a lake, on an island in a lake)
    – 40% of country covered in forest and 1/10th world’s forest source
    – 60% world’s polar bears
    – Quebecf makes 70% world’s syrup
    – 35 million people: one of the least densely populated places in the world
    – 75% White, 14% Asians, 5% F.Nations, 3% Blacks, & 2% Latino
    – 1 of 5 Canadians born outside of Canada
    – population of territories 100 000
    – 10 provinces and 3 territories
    – three groupings of Indigenous peoples: First Nations, Metis, and Inuit


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