Yukon First Nations Studies 12 (Fall 2014)

Essential Questions

  • What was human civilization like in North America prior to the arrival of Europeans?
  • How did traditional Yukon First Nations cultures regulate human relationships with each other and with the environment?
  • How did colonization affect indigenous people?
  • How are stereotypes and racist ideas formed, and why are they important?
  • What have Yukon First Nations people done to make things better for themselves and their children?
  • How can you contribute to the healthy growth of Yukon First Nations communities, and reconciliation between First Nations people and colonizers?

Curriculum Delivery Strategies

  • This course is a hybrid of academic and hands-on/experiential instruction.  Students will learn from artistic and land-based activities as well as guest visits, seminars, university-style lecture, and independent reading. Student assignments will include presentations, art projects, reflective writing, and essays. The goal is for every student to be equally able to succeed on a trapline and at college.
  • Assignment descriptions, homework, resources, lecture notes, and student work (with permission) will be posted on the course website: misterwilkinson.com/fns12, accessible also through the FH Collins homework website.

Professional Standards

  • Respect Yourself
    • Speak clearly and loudly when asked to do so.  The world needs your voice.
    • Get enough sleep, eat regular meals, exercise, and avoid drugs.
    • Believe in your ability to succeed, and then act: do homework, study, ask for extra help, and hand in assignments.
  • Respect Others
    • Be considerate.
    • Allow others to speak when it is their turn; do not interrupt them, even if you have something great to say.
  • Respect Property
    • Return all borrowed materials neatly to their place.
    • Leave your space clean and tidy.
  • Respect Learning
    • Show up to class every day, on time, with all necessary materials: binder, textbook, pen/pencil.
    • Keep your binder organized and paginated.  I will be checking!
    • Keep your devices off and away.
    • Be ready to answer questions at all times.
    • Proofread written work before handing it in.

Thinking Skills

  • Identifying and critiquing different viewpoints.
  • Crafting, defending, and deconstructing oral arguments.
  • Writing to inform, reflect, and persuade.

Assessment & Evaluation

All marks (including homework records) will be made available 24/7 to students and parents at engrade.com.

  • Final Exam: 20%
  • Unit Tests: 20%
  • Writing Assignments: 20%
  • Artistic Assignments: 20%
  • Journal Entries: 10%
  • Respect & Professionalism: 10%