The aim of Native Studies 10 is to help all students develop their knowledge, positive attitudes and cultural understanding about First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The unique history of Aboriginal peoples is part of our collective past and present reality. Thus, students will benefit from a study of Aboriginal peoples because it will give them the opportunity to understand and respect one another.
The major goals of the course are to have students:
- Gain knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations.
- Clarify their own cultural identities, and function effectively within their local and broad-based communities.
- Become sensitive, understanding and respectful of other cultural groups.
- Understand First Nations, Métis and Inuit philosophies and the underlying importance of land, culture and the ideals that foster respect for the environment.
- Understand the important connection between the preservation of language and tradition to the preservation of culture.
- Appreciate the contributions made by First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples to the development of Canada and contemporary Canadian society.
- Appreciate current issues, and the historical context that affects First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their position in Canadian society.
- Develop knowledge about Aboriginal rights, land claims, treaties, legal distinctions and related policies such as the Indian Act.