FaceTime Chat with Matt Henderson about Colonialism & Idle No More

14 Feb

Today our class had a Facetime chat with Matt Henderson, a friend of mine who is a teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  I met Matt this past summer at Unplug’d 2012, an amazing PD experience you can read all about here.

The students and I have been watching films, reading articles and discussing colonialism and Idle No More for the past few weeks.  We are learning about how the government of Canada treated the indigenous peoples of Canada and how that has affected their culture, families and individuals.   Matt helped our class by explaining what he knows about colonial history in Canada, particularly Manitoba, but also the Maritmes, Ontario & Quebedc and the west.   Matt also explained that the Idle No More movement is about people taking a stand to effect change.  Taking a stand to right the wrongs of the past and to work together as Canadians to change the present.  Deciding that it’s not OK to subjugate others and reaching out to support our fellow human beings. 


One of our goals with this exploration is to understand perspective and prejudice and to try our very best to form opinions about issues and people only after we have valid information about them.    This is taking a critical stance, examining an issue, synthesizing all the information, and developing an informed opinion.

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We watched this CBC Doczone episode to help us understand modern First Nation people’s lives.


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One response to “FaceTime Chat with Matt Henderson about Colonialism & Idle No More

  1. Nachman

    November 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Dear Ms. Little,
    I really enjoyed reading about colonialism on your blog. I knew that some countries had colonies, but I never knew this much about colonialism. When I read this, I thought that it was unfair that indigenous people wouldn’t be allowed to vote for their government without giving up their traditions, or would not be allowed to use proper equipment for farming. I feel that the reason that indigenous people were not allowed to use tools, (that they were better at farming than local residents, and took business from them), was very unfair and that if they were good at farming, that they should be able to prosper from it. I also found the videos very interesting and informative. I wonder, do minorities still have the same lack of rights that they did, and if so, what can we do to help it? Thank you so for helping me learn all about colonialism!
    – Nachman


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