Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool

Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool INTRODUCTION This year, Canada History Week highlights stories of arts, culture, and creators in Canada. This learning tool has been created to accompany the three short videos produced for Canada History Week 2022, featuring director and actor Rose Ouellette, known as La Poune, concert singer Portia White, and the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. collective. This learning tool was created in partnership between Historica Canada and the Canada History Fund and is designed to help students interact with this year’s Canada History Week theme. The topics covered in this learning tool, in the Canada History Week videos, and in the accompanying digital magazine only begin to scratch the surface of the subject, but we hope they can be used as a starting point for learning more about the diverse and rich history of arts and culture in Canada. Canada History Week provides all Canadians with opportunities to learn more about people and events that have helped shape the country we know today. In doing so, we encourage you to broaden your awareness of Canadian cultural and artistic expressions, past and present. Historica Canada offers programs in both official languages that you can use to explore, learn, reflect on our history, and consider what it means to be Canadian. Find us online at message to teachers This guide is by no means a comprehensive study of Canada’s artistic and cultural history, but is meant to complement the subjects and themes represented in the Canada History Week 2022 videos and to provide context for those topics. Educators may use the lessons in sequence or as stand-alone activities. This guide is designed to complement current Canadian curricula and has been produced for use in middle and high school history and social science classrooms; the grade level will vary by activity. This guide has been developed with activities that can be conducted in class, online, or in some combination of the two. Teachers may want to adapt certain elements of the activities to best suit classroom needs. For more activities relating to Canada’s artistic and cultural history, check out some of our other education guides, such as our History of Multiculturalism in Canada Education Guide; Indigenous Perspectives Education Guide; Indigenous Arts and Stories Series; Official Languages Act Education Guide; and Women in Canadian History Education Guide. Note to Educators Teachers must be sensitive to individuals and the group to ensure the classroom remains a safe environment for all learners. Set ground rules for respectful discussions and consult your school guidance counsellor for additional support, if needed. First Nations peoples in Canada were called “Indians” by European settlers. This term is now recognized as erroneous and derogatory and is rarely used, except in some legal and historical documents. Generally, “Indigenous” is preferred to “Native” as the term is sometimes seen as having a negative connotation, though many Indigenous people use this term and do not see it in a negative light. “Aboriginal” is a legal term that encompasses all Status and Non-Status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. Though “Aboriginal” and “Indigenous” are sometimes used interchangeably, we have used “Indigenous” in this education guide. 2. Sun Dance ceremony near Cardston, Alberta, 1953 (Gar Lunney/ Library and Archives Canada).