Continuity and Change: Aboriginal Title and Rights in British Columbia

The Task

After reading some background information, you will examine a series of documents from the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs website, including perspectives of both aboriginal and non-aboriginal points of view. Your task will be to evaluate what has changed and what has remained the same over the 20th century, and to use this to provide recommendations for policy makers in the present. It will be important to consider both sides of the debate and to assess the moral implications for policy-makers today.

Detailed Instructions

Background notes:

For students with little or no background in First Nations issues, it might help to ask how many students have studied FN before. If this is the first students’ first lesson on continuity and change, it may also be useful to have them do an exercise to help them think about the concept with the following picture, (from www.historybenchmarks.ca see “Continuity and Change”), or another like it, asking students what has changed and what has remained the same about the experience of [school] since this picture was taken:

Library and Archives Canada / A-028095

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