Indigenous Governance- NAT10

Written by Sequoia Abbott-Saulteaux


Photo by Manny Becerra on Unsplash

This lesson plan was made while I was interning at Scott Collegiate in Regina’s north-central neighbourhood. The students from this school have such a special place in my heart, and I’m sure that I am going to remember them for a long time. The great thing about this lesson is the opportunity for students to see their own cultures and family history. By allowing students to choose which group they are interested in reading, they become more independent learners. During this lesson, I had a student who stated some of the stories he was reading were told to him in childhood by his grandfather. This connection of families values in the classroom environment gives students the opportunity to become life-long learners. What more can you ask for?


Lesson Planning Template

Curriculum: Native Studies 10  Unit: Governance- Unit Three

Materials/Preparation Required:
• Laptops
• Indigenous Governance Handout
Prerequisite Learning Required:
• Students will have to know for to access the class Edsby
• Students will have to know what “Governance” is.
Target for Professional Growth:
• I checked in for student understanding after providing instructions
Co-Management Preparation for this Lesson: N/A

Outcome(s) for this lesson Indicator(s)

3. Appreciate the unique political processes and structures of Aboriginal peoples. Respect that First Nations, Inuit, and the Metis Nations have always had political structures to serve their needs.


6. Identity the effects of an imposed system of governance on Aboriginal peoples by examining a specific example.
3.
-Work co-operative to enhance learning of self and others
-Rethink previous held beliefs and thoughts about Aboriginal leadership 
-Assemble information in a coherent formatt. 
-Appreciate the unique ways in which Aboriginal peoples choose leadership. 
-List the important qualities of Aboriginal leadership.

6.
-Empathize with people who have experienced a process of assimilation. 
-Question why the government would implement assimilation policies to the detriment of the people involved. 
-Imagine what it would be like to have one’s history and identity completely devalued.
Activating and Engaging:              What do I need to adapt here to help all students be successful? Students will start the lesson with a journal prompt that allows them to get into the mindset of Governance. Ex, “Why is it important to learn about traditional Indigenous Governance?”
Exploring and discovering:          The students will be introduced to the assignment and sorted into five groups. Each group gets assigned one First Nations governance system that they have to read and summarize key points.
Organizing and Integrating:          Students will put the gathered information onto a classroom Jam Board. When filled up, students are asked to copy down all information into a chart. Students have the option of a paper copy or electronic copy.

Assignment

Appreciate the unique political processes and structures of Aboriginal peoples.

Respect that First Nations, Inuit, and the Metis Nations have always had political structures to serve their needs.

Identity the effects of an imposed system of governance on Aboriginal peoples by examining a specific example.

For this assignment, we will be looking at different forms of Indigenous traditional political systems! To help us learn, we will be working together to gather all the information we need.

You will be assigned one of the following; Dene, Plains, Blackfoot, Cree, Metis.
You will need to read the pages about the political systems and then answer the following questions below. 

Then, you will be asked to summarize (bullet points/ not full sentences) and share your answers on a group Jam Board. After all the answers are up, you will copy the sticky notes down from the other groups and put them into the table on the back of this paper.

Who created the laws? Who is in charge?

How did they resolve disputes in the community?

How did they handle property?

Name something interesting you read!

Who created the laws? Who is in charge?How did they resolve disputes in the community?How did they handle property?Name something interesting you read!
Dene
Plains
Cree
Blackfoot
Metis

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