Syllabus for Yukon First Nations Studies 12 (Spring 2015)

Expectations

  • 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.

Course Schedule

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.

 Thinking Skills

  • 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%