Up until about five years ago, when we spoke of the creation of Canada it was still very in the narrative of the brave explorers, and the natural natives. However, thankfully this is one area that has rapidly changed. Now the complex relationships between Europeans, and a variety of First Nations are being studied under the lens of colonization. How is this different? For one it brings to light the attitudes of the European people which means we discuss their regard of First people as being ‘barbaric’, or ‘savage’. It then allows us to accurately track the sometimes brutal policies enacted to control the people who already occupied the area now known as North America. It also allows us to assess the impact colonial power had on the cultural, social, and the psychological well being of First People. As a student of history, and a person on the planet, I believe it is integral that we study the past as accurately as possible to inform our present understanding and our future actions. This is why I build colonial units of study. This is part one of a multi-step unit on colonization. Feel free to use any part of it you may wish. Pick and choose what works for you, or follow it through it in the order I teach it. I look forward to hearing from other people how they address the topic of colonization.
Make each moment count, Zan