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The Wilderness Experience Semester Two with David is an integrated program designed for an alternative secondary school setting by educator David Spencer. Wilderness Experience 2 (WE2) program provides three (3) secondary school course credits during semester two. Students should attend and participate in all classes, outdoor field trips and events. Literacy and communication skills developed during this program include jot note writing, writing journal entries, researching in public, college and university libraries, interviewing, script writing and oral reading comprehension. New media technology skills developed include audio and video recording presentations for the DVD authoring and documentary production for FM radio broadcasting and web podcasting. Students will be provided with opportunities to learn how to research, plan for, promote, hold and debrief a community event about an issue facing Indigenous Peoples.

Download the Wilderness Experience Information Brochure (PDF format).


Program: WE2 Wilderness Experience Semester Two with David program integrates two Ontario Ministry of Education certified courses:

  • Environmental Science (SVN3M) This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas. See more of the SVN3M Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Text used is Environmental Science Interactions.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC40G) This course emphasizes the development of practical skills and knowledge to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. Through individual and collaborative inquiry and research into contemporary issues, real-life situations, and careers, students will apply the principles and skills derived from the complementary subjects and disciplines studied, evaluate the reliability of information, and examine how information technology can be used safely, effectively, and legally. They will also learn how to select strategies to define problems, research alternative solutions, assess their thinking in reaching decisions, and adapt to change as they acquire new knowledge. See more of the IDC40G Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Unit 3: Culminating Unit Assignment Description

Your assignment is to conduct current research from library books, periodicals, videos, web resources and your personal interviews with knowledgeable people on two (2) topics. Select one from the ^list Issues of Indigenous Peoples in A Global Context and one from the list Environmental Science shown below. Analyse, compile and edit the results of your research into a report written in your own words. Provide a bibliography and citations in MLA Format for all your sources of information, photos, videos, music and interviews. Refer to "How to Write a Bibliography - Examples in MLA Style" and "Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University". You may wish to use the online citation creators such as easybib.com or bibme.org.

a) Independently select a CU (Culminating Unit) topic from each of the two (2) lists below. Send your two (2) topics to your teacher.

b) Select a presentation format from the following list and send your choice to your teacher.You must select two different formats.


c) Throughout the semester, show your teacher the progress of your two (2) CU's three (3) times per month. Please attend tutorial times each week to work on your CUs, get extra help from your teacher and show the progress of your research, analysis and final product.

d) The final draft of your first CU project is due on Thursday May 21, 2015.

e) The final draft of your second CU project is due on Thursday May 28, 2015.

Student Topic Selections for Culminating Unit on Issues of Indigenous Peoples in A Global Context

  1. Adam - Aboriginal hockey players around the world
    Presentation format: ?
  2. Charandeep - Aboriginal residential schools
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  3. CJ - Indigenous Australian music
    Presentation format: ?
  4. Jayme - flu virus among Indigenous populations
    Presentation format: ?
  5. Karyssa - HIV + AIDS among indigenous people
    Presentation format: ?
  6. Michelle - Indigenous Australian music
    Presentation format: Essay

Topics for Culminating Unit Issues of Indigenous Peoples in A Global Context

  • Apartheid in South Africa
  • Transportation issues faced by Attawapiskat
  • Preservation of indigenous languages around the world
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Indigenous Australian music and info from National Geographic
  • Policing on Aboriginal reserves (Canada) and reservations (United States)
  • Human rights violations of the Indigenous People of Brazil as reported by the SPI (Indian Protection Service) and Fundação Nacional do Índio (FUNAI). Where is Brazil?
  • Aboriginal hockey players and Native Hockey Players
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and official UN Document.
  • Figueiredo Report is a investigation report compiled by Brazilian government official Jader de Figueiredo Correia in 1967. The report uncovered numerous incidents of genocide, torture, abduction, enslavement, biological and chemical warfare, sexual abuse, and land theft committed upon the indigenous peoples in Brazil. The document, written by then Prosecutor Jader de Figueiredo Correia,denounces the hunting of Indians with machine guns, the throwing of sticks of dynamite from planes, the deliberate injection of smallpox into the Indians and the donation to them of sugar mixed with strychnine [a poison]. Re-Discovered Report Details Brazil's 'Extermination' of its Indigenous Peoples (May 31, 2013 ) Norman Lewis article which led to the founding of Survival International. "
  • Survival International is a human rights organisation formed in 1969 that campaigns for the rights of indigenous tribal peoples and uncontacted peoples, seeking to help them to determine their own future. Their campaigns generally focus on tribal people's fight to keep their ancestral lands. Survival works for the people whom they call "some of the most vulnerable on earth". Our work is preventing the annihilation of tribal peoples. We give them a platform to speak to the world. We investigate atrocities and present evidence to the United Nations and other international forums. We support legal representation. We fund medical and self-help projects. We educate, research, campaign, lobby and protest. " Industrialized societies subject them to genocidal violence, slavery and racism so they can steal their lands, resources and labor in the name of ‘progress’ and ‘civilization’.
  • Health care issues faced by American Indians of USA
  • Uncontacted Tribes There are more than one hundred uncontacted tribes around the world.
  • Select one group of Indigenous peoples
  • Aboriginal connections to the Sable Island Pony, Sable island, photos 1, photos 2, info
  • Aboriginal hockey players and Native Hockey Players
  • forced assimilation of indigenous people in Australia
  • forced assimilation of indigenous people in United States of America
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Influenza (The Flu) as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  • Saami indigenous peoples in Norway and the Saami Act of 1987
  • Wounded Knee Massacre of the Lakota people in the United States
  • How does the Hazelwood Power Station in Australia affect the Aboriginees ?
  • Human rights from an indigenous perspective- United Nationas Declaration of Human Rights
  • Mohawk Institute in Brantford
  • Mauri from New Zealand
  • Canadian Indian residential school system and List of Indian residential schools in Canada
  • Shingwauk Residential Schools
  • Kamloops Indian Residential School and Wikipedia entry video
  • Canada's residential schools- issues and impact
  • Philosophical attachment to traditional lands and burial places
  • Government policy on indigenous people- compare United States Indian Self-Determination and Education Act, 1975 with Canada's Indian Act, 1985
  • Karen in Thailand
  • Indigenous peoples in Brazil
  • Aparthied in South Africa
  • Mauri from New Zealand
  • Assimilation of indigenous people in a specific country
  • Apartheid legislation in South Africa- history and impact
  • Canada's residential schools- issues and impact
  • Change- How are indigenous peoples using their cultural practices and traditional teachings when developing new strategies to cope with change?
  • Environmental perspectives- indigenous people unite over environmental issues, stewardship of the environment, co-management of resources with national governments
  • Global collaboration of indigenous people - 1992 Rio Declaration
  • Government policy on indigenous people- compare United States Indian Self-Determination and Education Act, 1975 with Canada's Indian Act, 1985
  • Human rights from an indigenous perspective- United Nationas Declaration of Human Rights
  • Indigenous Sovereignty- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, International Labour Organizations Convention No. 169 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Populations
  • International policies on development, finance and human rights- How have indigenous people influenced policy writing?
  • HIV and AIDS among Indigenous people
  • Influenza (The Flu) as reported by Health Canada on First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health.
  • Indigenous People Celebrations- Australia Brazil, Canada
  • Karen indigenous peoples in Thailand
  • land stewardship and sovereignty
  • maintaining indigenous traditional way of life while engaging in the global economy
  • Maori indigenous peoples in New Zealand
  • Manabos indigenous peoples in the Philippines
  • Maasi indigenous peoples in Tanzania
  • NGO's- Non Governmental Organizations affirming identity of idigenous peoples.(Inuit Circumpolar Conference, World Council of Indigenous Peoples)
  • Partnerships with corporations- Canada's James Bay Cree partner with Yamaha Coporation
  • Philosophical attachment to traditional lands and burial places
  • preservation of indigenous cultures around the world
  • preservation of indigenous languages around the world
  • Potecting their land- Indians of Chiapas in Mexico, Seminole in U.S.A. in 1835, Wounded Knee in U.S.A., Oka Crisis in Canada in 1990
  • Reconciliation- International Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests, Inuit Circumpolar Conference, Australia's Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
  • Saami indigenous peoples in Norway- Saami Act of 1987
  • Self-determination- bestowed by the Creator, traditional body of knowledge, law and tradition, European Union Policy on Indigenous Peoples and Development Co-operation, 1998
  • self government issues and concerns
  • Similarity in world views of indigenous peoples
  • Issues facing Aboriginals living in the United States
    • "WE SHALL REMAIN", a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. From the award-winning PBS series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.
    • 'Wounded Knee Massacre" on December 29, 1890 near Wounded Knee Creek (Lakota: Cankpe Opi Wakpala) on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
    • "Ghost Dance" was a religious movement which was incorporated into numerous Native American belief systems. The traditional ritual used in the Ghost Dance, the circle dance, has been used by many Native Americans
  • "Extirpation of Shamanism in North America"
  • Traditional Aboriginal music and aboriginal students' styles of pop music.

Student Exemplars (Examples) of Projects for Culminating Unit on Issues of Indigenous Peoples in A Global Context

Student Topic Selections for Your Culminating Unit on Environmental Science

  1. Adam - Bill Nye the Science guy
    Presentation format: ?
  2. Charandeep - Why are plastic water bottles harmful to our environment?
    Presentation format: ?
  3. CJ - Greenpeace
    Presentation format: ?
  4. Jayme - siberian White tiger
    Presentation format: ?
  5. Karyssa - acid rain
    Presentation format: ?
  6. Michelle - Peregrine Falcon
    Presentation format: Posterboard

Topics to Choose from for Your Culminating Unit on Environmental Science

  • Green energy efficient cars- electric cars
  • acid rain
  • Why are plastic water bottles harmful to our environment?
  • organic food and eating locally
  • Green energy efficient cars- hybrid cars
  • Green energy efficient cars- biodiesel and alternative fuels
  • Maude Barlow
  • Bill Nye the Science guy
  • David Suzuki
  • Bob Hunter
  • Rachel Carson
  • Emily Hunter and see her web site and her TEDx Talk.
  • endangered wildlife in Canada
  • overpopulation
  • Colin Harris and the Take Me Outside Movement in Environmental Education.
  • Waste management and reduction
  • Severn Cullis Suzuki
  • Greenpeace
  • Green energy efficient cars
  • Issue at Banff National Park
  • Benefits of Tree Planting
  • Value of conservation areas
  • BP Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico 2010
  • The History and Influence of Greenpeace
  • Melting of the polar ice caps
  • acid rain
  • Deforestation
  • Lynx an endangered wildlife
  • Careers in Environmental science
  • BP Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico 2010
  • Conservation: cost and benefit analysis
  • Deforestation
  • Desertification
  • Ecological footprint and Calculate your Ecological footprint.
  • Endangered Wildlife
  • Environmental Education Groups for Teachers COEO, OSEE
  • Equine Phytotherapy medicine for horses
  • Food: organic, eating locally
  • Fracking issues in mining
  • Green energy efficient cars
  • People who made a difference for the environment- Al Gore and Inconvenient Truth An_Inconvenient_Truth
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Hydraulic fracturing, Gasland film, Stop fracking in Canada
  • Invasive Species
  • Northern Aplomado falcon
  • Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
  • Oceans:Protecting from Oil Spills
  • Ocean Management:Oil Spill Prevention
  • Siberian White Tiger
  • Scientific Inquiry Process
  • Soil Erosion
  • Solar Energy: Pros and Cons
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Value of conservation areas
  • Water Access Crisis Council of Canadians Reports, Maude Barlow's Report, Blue Gold film
  • Water Pollution
  • Waste management and reduction
  • Why are plastic water bottles harmful to our environment?
  • Wind Turbines: Pros and Cons
  • Why are plastic water bottles harmful to our environment?

Student Exemplars (Examples) of Projects for Culminating Unit on Environmental Science