- Be on time for every class, with all necessary materials ready.
- Be polite and respectful to each other, to me, and especially to guests.
- Take notes, and keep your binder organized and up-to-date.
- Hand in projects on time. Late projects will suffer a -20% grade penalty.
- Produce quality work. In particular, all written assignments must consist of full sentences organized into paragraphs.
- Study for tests. Students who have unexcused absences on test days will suffer a -20% grade penalty on that test.
After a brief grounding in the wider history of North American indigenous people, this course consists of a series of case studies and thematic units. Some of the units we will be doing in this course follow a standard classroom schedule. Others will be completed over a long time span, or must be done when the seasons permit. Therefore, the timeline below is subject to change.
- Indigenous History of the Americas (The Quick Version) – 2 weeks
- Scientific and traditional accounts of the peopling of Yukon and the Americas. Traditional social structure and land management.
- Early contact between native and non-native people in the Americas.
- Trade and missionary relationships.
- The Klondike Gold Rush – 2 weeks
- Challenges, opportunities, and long-term effects of the Klondike gold rush for First Nations people.
- Residential Schools – 2 weeks
- History of Yukon residential schools.
- Cultural loss & return: printmaking project.
- First Nations People in Film – 2 weeks
- Stereotypical and genuine representations.
- First Nations filmmaking.
- First Nations Activism and The Umbrella Final Agreement – 2 weeks
- People and ideas in the struggle to build a more stable and equal society in the Yukon.
- Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow.
- Land rights, aboriginal law, and the Umbrella Final Agreement
- Project: First Nations governments of the Yukon
- Social Problems and Solutions – 4 weeks
- The effect of poverty and social dislocation on Yukon native communities.
- Efforts by First Nations people to rebuild their societies.
- First Nations literature about social issues.
- Indigenous Hip-Hop – 2 weeks
- Poetics of hip-hop.
- Hip-hop as a form of indigenous expression.
- Rap video project.
- Leadership: The Porcupine Caribou Management Board – 1 week
- Political and environmental stewardship of a cross-boundary traditional resource.
- Mining exploration and politics in the Peel Watershed.
- Critically analyzing historical and political ideas.
- Identifying and critiquing different viewpoints.
- Crafting, defending, and deconstructing oral arguments.
- Managing conflict while discussing sensitive topics.
- Artistic & creative skills.
Assessment & Evaluation
All marks (including homework records) will be made available 24/7 to students and parents at engrade.com. You can see the schedule of due dates on the calendar at misterwilkinson.com/fns12. You can add this calendar to your device by copying and pasting the following iCal link: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/ibikgf7lmphs73hsm7augpk3hs%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
- Final Exam: 20%
- Unit Tests: 20%
- Projects: 40%
- Participation: 20%