Grade 11: Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit Voices: Introduction
This course explores the themes, forms, and stylistic elements of a variety of literary, informational, graphic, oral, cultural, and media text forms emerging from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures in Canada, and also examines the perspectives and
First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples-Exploring their past, present , and future by Roberts, JohnFirst Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples: Exploring Their Past, Present, and Future, Student Text is a 228-page volume written by Mohawk College professor John Roberts. Published by Emond Montgomery the book is intended for Law, Politics, and History courses at the grade 10 to 12 level that addresses issues relating to Aboriginal peoples. Organized into three section the book covers First Nations and Inuit prior to contact; the effects of European arrival on Aboriginal peoples; and contemporary Aboriginal Issues. The volume begins with explanations on the origins of Indigenous Peoples. The book offers the standard anthropological explanation of the Bering Strait migration theory. It also covers traditional creation stories but says that historians do not place much credit in the oral tradition's reliability. The remainder of the first section describes the cultural regions of Canada. The final issues section covers population; education, health, justice, and the resurgence of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures. The book includes quotes by Aboriginal people; questions at the end of each chapter; and culminating activities. Unfortunately the author fails to explain the understanding behind the activity known as Talking Circle and merely calls the questions at the end of a chapter, Talking Circle. The book does contain maps, charts, black and white photographs, and an index.