WE1 Unit 7

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The Wilderness Experience 1 (WE1) with David is an integrated program designed for an alternative secondary school setting by educator David Spencer. Wilderness Experience 1 (WE1) provides three (3) secondary school course credits during semester one. 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 web podcasting 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 green transportation and green energy alternatives.

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Program: The Wilderness Experience (WE) program integrates two Ontario Ministry of Education certified courses:

  • Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada (NDA3M) This course focuses on existing and emerging issues of importance to Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Students will investigate issues related to identity, relationships among Aboriginal peoples and between Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians, sovereignty principles as presented by Aboriginal peoples, and the contemporary challenges posed by these issues. Students will also examine such topics as language preservation, the responsibilities of Aboriginal women and men, and the need for dialogue between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal peoples. See more of the NDA3M Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education
  • The Environment and Resource Management (CGR4M) is an integrative subject that brings a variety of perspectives, both social and physical, to the study of people, places, and environments around the world. Understanding the processes that shape the earth and knowing how life-forms interact with the environment allows students to view events from an ecological perspective. The Environment and Resource Management course investigates the complexity and fragility of ecosystems and the effects of human activities on them. Students will study the principles of sustainability and resource management and evaluate various approaches to achieving a more sustainable relationship between the environment, society, and the economy. See more of the CGR4M Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC30G) is a course that will help students combine the skills required for and knowledge of different subjects and disciplines 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, students will analyse the connections among diverse subjects and disciplines; develop information literacy skills in analysing, selecting, evaluating, and communicating information; and become aware of a variety of resources and viewpoints on contemporary issues. They will also examine their own learning styles, relate their inquiries and research to real-life situations, and investigate career opportunities in new disciplines. See more of the IDC30G Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education.


WE1 Unit 7 Wednesday

  1. Discrimination Against First Nations Children
    Create 10 key points from the Closing Arguments regarding this human rights case about First Nation children in Canada. In February of 2007 the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (Caring Society) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) filed a complaint alleging that the Department of Indian and Northern Affair’s provision of First Nations child and family services was flawed, inequitable and thus discriminatory under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
    Other sources of this story include Amnesty International and CBC News.
    T= ___/10
  2. Aboriginal Education Video Project
    Create a 2 minute educational video that ties in the Canadian Aboriginal connections to the item your team has selected. Share points about the what the item does, history, the names and locations of First Nations tribes using the item, the materials required to make the item and the importance to these cultures. Shoot still photos and video of your item. Type a script on your iPad or hand write and hand in.
    Script - ___/20 marks Thinking
    Images and Video - ___/10 marks Communication
    Acting and Narration - ___/10 marks Application
  3. Complete two (2) more summaries from the list of Significant Canadian Aboriginals.

WE1 Unit 7 Thursday in Class

  1. Define and explain the mining process called fracking (hydraulic fracturing). Refer to this Wikipedia article, CTV News article and Diagram 1 and Diagram 2. Thinking __/20 marks
  2. Why are environmentalists concerned about fracking? Explain. Thinking __/10 marks
  3. Reseach WWWWW and write a journal entry to summarize the October 17, 2013 protest by Elsipogtog First Nation. Pronounced Elsipogtog (ell-see-book-took) First Nation. Refer to story #1 and photos and story #2 and story #3. Application __/20 marks
  4. Why did Colin Harris organize the October "Take Me Outside" Day Initiative? Explain. Communication __/10 marks
  5. Homework: Work on your two Culminating Units.