ELA A30 Section A5 Being Native in Canada
These are the web resources to support the work in this section.
Moodle Pages Intro:
Big Ideas: The questions to get you thinking, connect to your prior knowledge and personal experiences, so you can benefit more from the literature in this section. Here’s an explanation of the meaning behind these Big Ideas for A5.
Book Chapter: “The Oka Crisis” Will Ferguson (section pgs 2-4)
- Oral recording to follow along with while reading the chapter – embedded player below (Waldner 2019)
You can expand this player and download the audio, if it suits you better.
(Optional Viewing: Waneek Horn-Miller was a teenager within the standoff. She was stabbed by a Canadian soldier and later went on to become a Canadian Olympian. )
Poem #1: “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone” Buffy St. Marie (section pgs 4-7)
- Comparative text: “Standing Rock” song re: NoDAPL pipeline standoff
Poem #2: “The Devil’s Language” Marilyn Dumont (section pgs 8-14)
- Image Collage: the writer includes many specific references related to the methods and topics the Indigenous students were taught in the Residential Schools, including many forms of formal English speaking and writing, books about caucasian culture, Catholic beliefs, and others. This collage may help you understand the English culture was the focus of these schools. Note:You can click to enlarge this poster.
After viewing Representation Question in your handout: Which image with the different arrangement of words from the poem (below) is the best representation of the author’s tone, in your opinion?
Note:You can click to enlarge this poster.
Documentary Viewing – Choice of films to watch
- Club Native (Ask me for the DVD or a private link to watch online)
- The Secret Path graphic cartoon film (Gord Downie album/story of Channie Wenjack) 54 minutes
- The Oka Legacy documentary (one young woman’s first-hand experience within the barricades)