Today we took a look at colonialism. I wanted the class to have a little background on the subject before our upcoming Skype call with Matt Henderson, a teacher in Winnipeg.
We watched the following film clips and discussed colonialism inworld & Canadian history.
We discussed how colonizers want the other regions for their wealth and for more land for their people. How the colonizers usually sujugate the people who were already there. How colonizers impose thier own laws and cultures on the people. This has happend time and again throughout history. We discussed the colonization of the native peoples of Canada.
On Monday we will Skype with Matt Henderson to discuss the Idle No More movement and the reasons behind it.
This will also be good background information for the new Social Studies unit the grade 6s are starting in French Immersion, Native Peoples and Explorers. The grade 5s will be studying Ancient Civilizations which also included colonial rule; Mesopotamians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans & more.
We will try to look at colonialism from different perspectives and reflect on it critically. Examining perspective, bias and personal opinion. The students will be expected to take a critical stance on an issue.