Document of Learning – Political Narrative

The first aspects that I look at when examining a country is the goverment and how they portray themselves to be; in other words, identity. I find these two narratives to be the most compelling because I feel like they are what build the country into what it is or what it can be. For a country to be successful and united it needs to be lead by leaders who are team players and who are willing to give and take. Someone who just thinks about themselves is not a leader. A leader is a person who thinks about others first and without that type of mentality at the top of our pyramid the citizens suffer the consequences from taxes and other fees that need to be paid. Identity is also a compelling factor to me because a country’s identity gives a sense of belonging between the citizens and their leaders. A country’s identity defines who they are and who they aspire to be. All countries want to be looked at positively; however, in reality we know that may not be the case due to the crime and justice law and enforcements in the country. Crime and justice law and enforcement is about keeping the streets and community safe from sexual predators and murderers by cracking down and imposing stricter restrictions against offenders.

Although I don’t agree with everything The Conservatives are “fighting for”, I believe that they portray the identity narrative the best when focusing on the crime and justice laws. The Conservative Party want to keep offenders in the jail cell longer and keep as many off the streets by improving the security at the Canadian borders. the reason why I agree with The Conservative party on this part of their campaign is because I think that Canada is too soft on criminals and are being let out just like that. Criminals are being bailed out and released back out onto the streets after committing murder to another human being. Personally, I don’t feel safe about that and it just isn’t right and fair to the innocent citizens that have to suffer the consequences. Although the Liberals and NDP both care about the community and keeping it safe, they aren’t as discipline about it. For example, the Liberal Party believe in strong punishment for offenders but they don’t think that sentencing alone is sufficient to keep our streets safe. My question is, what is sufficient then? If the Liberals aren’t willing to crack down on criminals how do they except us to feel safe on the streets. I find it way to easy for criminals and sexual predators in court and that is why I think the Conservatives portray the identity narrative the best because I know I can feel safe in my community.

Now like I said before, I do not fully agree with the Conservatives in anything they are campaigning for; however I believe that they have the right idea about being tougher on crime in Canada.

The Genocide Question

A genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. When I look at the this definition and reflect about the knowledge I have about residential schools, what John A Macdonald did to first nations people can and should be classified as a genocide. As recently talked about in the news, Canada’s new Human Rights Museum in Ottawa has refused to refer to use the word genocide in relation to the way Aboriginal Peoples were treated in residential schools. Herald Opinions states, “No such apology has been afforded the First Nations, except an insincere one about residential schools offered – but never acted on”. What has been done cannot be changed; however, acknowledging our wrong and working to try and build a better relationship with the people that own the land we walk on should not only be expected but should have happened years ago. Macdonald committed a genocide and what has been done to try and fix that has been close to nothing. As citizens of our country they are required to have equal rights and our country as a whole should have the common decency to grant those rights respectfully and whole heartedly.

With this being said, there are still many people and leaders in Canada that believe the opposite. The Canadian government believed that it was their responsibility  to educate and take care of the aboriginal peoples. The government thought that the best thing to do for the indigenous peoples were to teach them English or French and allow them to adopt the religion, Christianity. So what went wrong? Children were taught English or French and if caught speaking their heritage language they were severely punished. The idea was to completely deminsh the aboriginal culture and “kill the Indian in the child”. Furthermore, the severe punishment lead to killing children and severely abusing them both mentally and physically. This lead to trying to completely wipe away the aboriginal culture and nation. After all this, Canada still believes that what they did should not be classified as a genocide. However, Adam Muller, a genocide expert from the University of Manitoba from Popular Resistance states “It’s a shame. I think the museum needs to be a leader, not a follower on this,” you look at colonial activity in the Americas and it seems clear to me, at the end of the day, they were trying to destroy a group and way of life.” How do we come together as a nation and as citizen when our leaders can’t see the damage our country created for hundreds of Aboriginal Peoples. Will we ever?

With the last school closing in 1996, about 150 000 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children had been taken away from their homes and put into residential schools. The students lived in very poor conditions and were abused physically and emotionally. A child that young deserves to live a life where they can experience and enjoy their childhood; however, children at residential schools were rarely exposed to a “normal life”. They were in school for at least 10 months of the year with no contact with their parents. Letters written to parents were scribed in English so the parents couldn’t understand them as well as, siblings in the same school were also separated since all activities were segregated by gender. To live and be apart of such traumatizing experiences as a child is completely unfair and wrong. Why should someone be faulted for their beliefs and religion? We live in a society today where citizens of the earth are still beaten and punished for not believing the “right” thing. For example, ISIS has constructed religious views and beliefs that they impose on people. They force people of different religions who are living in the Islamic State to adopt and believe their religious views. Like the residential schools, ISIS imposes their views in a very violent way where their abuse is evident to those who refuse to follow their views. I am aware that ISIS is a much more extreme case and although these cases aren’t identical, ISIS still resembles the way the residential schools functioned and worked. By striping people of their religion and beliefs and forcing their own religious views on many citizens as well as physically and emotionally abusing them in implemnting the “right” views and beliefs. In my opinion, there are no right or wrong views. Religion is a personal belief and should not be the reason of punishment or death because no where in the bible, Qur’an, or any other religious script states that using religion for a reason to kill is acceptable. Will this hatred ever end? Will equality ever fully exist? It is unfortunate that these questions and thoughts are still brought up in our lives today; however, it is the sad reality that we live in and will just have to accept for years to come.

B2: Document of Learning

During the last couple weeks of this term, Social Studies has really caught my attention and interest in the topic that we are currently learning about, the Indian Act. This right here has got to be one of the most revolting things that I have ever heard a country do and the more and more I learn the more and more I find it hard to believe. As I have mentioned in class before, most if not all countries have had a rough past so I shouldn’t really find it hard to believe; however, the thing I find shocking is that it is never talked about. We Canadians go about our days as if nothing like that even ever occurred and to think the last residential school was only shut down in 1996.

When I think about all the things that draw me into this topic I think about the shock factor number 1 but also why was “killing the indian in the child” the target? Why was that Canada’s way of dealing with the Aboriginal Peoples? The British ruled and controlled the schools and everything that happened which has been the main theme in respect to our past units. During the Canadian Confederation, the British ruled everything and everyone. Yes, the French rebelled and so did the tribes but the British ultimately controlled most of it until Canada finally became a dominion and allowed the French with their rights. If we look back on all the rebellions and debates that went on during that time we can easily say that the British dominated majority defeating Papineau’s and Mckenzie’s rebellion in a matter of days.

This unit has been anything but boring. I find myself constantly wanting to more about our country’s history and all the details behind it. It has all been interesting to me but if I were to put my finger on one thing it would be the torture. Now this is not because I think that it was the right thing to do to the children but because it something that is hidden in Canadian history and society. If we think about USA and all their history we can easily name 2-3 things that has happened in regards to the United States. Examples include: the war with Iraq, 911, president assassinations, etc. Personally from my family, Iraq is also another country that has had a rough history with Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, the Gulf War, and the war with United States. The questions I have with those examples are why are we never talked about? I know we didn’t necessarily partake in Wars and extreme violence but it doesn’t make what we did right. Doesn’t it all make us the same? Aren’t we all just as bad as one another? I find it disgusting that this type of act and behaviour is under Canada’s name but what’s done is done so why aren’t we learning about this and raising awareness. Citizens of our country think that the Aboriginal Peoples get all their benefits because “they had the land first” no one is informed that yes they had the land first but they were also tortured and killed before any benefits were given. It’s important for us to realize why our country functions in the way it does and to take that information and make sure we do good with it as we are the future of the Country.

I hope to continue my research about this topic and ask more questions in class, I know I might not get all the answers I am looking for; however, I’ll be closer. Then, when I start to generate more ideas and questions off my previous questions I know I have answered my questions. Moreover, I want to know why? I know it is a vague question but, I want to know why the need for this type of torture? Why are we not faulted for our past? Why are we still looked upon as the one of the nicest nations out there? All relevant questions that I hope to learn more about and answer within the next few months of Social Studies 10.

Last, this PLO and unit of study relate to other areas of the curriculum in PLO’s A1, A2, and A3. We have worked with all these PLO’s during class when talking about the Indian Act with the constant questioning, and critical thinking. We have also expressed our thoughts on paper with mind maps, flow charts, or notes, which all meet the PLO’s of A1, 2, and 3. I also think that PLO B1 has a connection to do with our current unit of study in the way of the government’s role in forcing innocent kids and their families to undergo such traumatizing torture.

To conclude, I am excited and interested to learn more about the Indian Act and Canadian history as well as, finding as many answers as I can to as many questions as possible. Thanks for reading! Until next time :)

In-Depth Blog Post #7

Wow 3 weeks until the big night! I can hardly believe it. Everyone’s hard work is finally about to be showcased in front of parents and students to see. I personally cannot wait for in-depth night and what emotions it will bring me. Like Night of the Notables, I hope it is one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve had in a while … academically. I usually feel them when I play soccer but not as much in the classroom that is why I’m ready for the night and am eager to see what it brings to us. It’s about time for everyone to just show off what they got and amaze us all as per usual and I cannot wait until in-depth night arrives so that I can share that success with my peers.

Over the past few weeks I’ve really been cramming and working hard in trying to grasp and understand as many concepts as I can. Concepts such as mastering the nuqta, memorizing and understanding the orientation of letters in words, and just getting more used to the flow of the writing style. Yes, it can definitely be difficult at times but that is the only way to get better. When I push myself in something I am passionate about I strive and put all my energy into it. I have loved everything about my In-depth this year but I mostly enjoy that it is different from my regular routine. Usually it’s school, soccer, school, soccer but with Arabic classes I can almost turn my mind off all of those things and just relax and really embrace what I am learning at the moment. It’s been a great journey thus far with my mentor, Maysa and I couldn’t be more thankful for her.

This week I decided to touch on De Bono’s points about interruption and attitude. Now thinking about my personality I know that when I have something to say I want to shout it out right away before I lose my train of thought. So with that being said, I have definitely interrupted our conversations before, however, it isn’t a rude interruption. She was teaching me about the letters and a question popped into my mind so I asked right away cutting her off. I know that can get annoying at times, but, I know that Maysa knows its only because I want to learn more in a shorter amount of time; therefore, it was justified because the question I asked was relevant and useful to my learning. She later resumed her thought after answering my question. Next I’ll talk about attitude. Now attitude plays a huge role in my life whether it be in school, sports, or family. It’s always important to have a positive outlook on everything so that you can take everything that you take on and finish and perform to the best of your ability. Obviously that is not always how things may be. You may be having a bad day and things might not be going your way and that perfectly fine … everyone has those days; however, it’s how you bounce back that defines your personality and character. Furthermore, I think I portray more of the explorer attitude whereas Maysa portrays more of the constructive attitude. I think this because I am constantly asking question and wondering about new concepts to learn and she always lets me go above and beyond what I need yet in a constructive manner. She never hesitates to tell me when I’m wrong and it’s something that I’ll always appreciate because that is the only reason why I have had so much success.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see y’all soon :)

 

Midterm for Socials 2015

For my midterm “document of learning” I decided to record a voice audio about all the things I thought I succeeded in and all the things that I hope to improve on in socials in the upcoming term. I also talked about the PLO’s and how I met each one with some wishes for myself as well. Enjoy!

PS I couldn’t figure out how to embed it so here is the hyperlink :p

Click here to check it out!!!

Thanks for an awesome semester so far and I can’t wait for more!

Final Address

Hello all, I stand in front of you today to share the good and the bad that has come with my life. 4 years have passed since the merge of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, and the Atlantic Provinces into what is now know as Canada. Yes I am sad that we did not get entirely what we desired, however, I am happy with myself and where the French have come now. I am sad because I knew that everyone wanted equal rights and to not be able to continue what I started was disappointing to see. One problem though … No voice! No one to step up and have the courage to voice their opinions and fight for what they believe … And that my friends is the difference between you and me. I made sure that the British knew that the French weren’t going to let everything go. After my exile in Paris and America, I was re-elected in parliament and the French-Canadian representatives and I had many seats to work with. It was our goal to make sure that the French had a voice and that if we do fight for our rights and our culture we will achieve great things! And that is exactly what happened. French being name the second official language of Canada … I couldn’t be happier with the influence I created to make this all possible. I feel great about what I accomplished in my life. Yes I hosted a rebellion that failed but I came back stronger than ever ready to fight and voice our rights and beliefs. I know that I can die happy knowing that I made a difference, a change, and a memory. As my father would say, long live the French, forever and always!

 

Louis Joseph Papineau

Here are the links to my other two blog posts

Here are my Twitter involvements during the confederation:

#Talonsconfed – Exile

I thought we had done it! Finally! We beat the British and we were on our way to freedom. However, the glory didn’t last for long. Shortly two days after, the British countered and defeated our troop. My reformers, the Patriotes were all gone, 1350 arrested and 99 dead. I was devastated but I knew that the French were still looking up to me. I couldn’t disappoint; however, I was forced to flee to New York and was situated in Paris, France shortly after. I couldn’t believe that we were defeated that easily. I was worried and scared. The British now have control while I’m here stuck and unable to return to help my people, I thought to myself. I had to find a way back home as soon as possible if I wanted any chance for the French to be involved in the government. I strongly believe and will always believe that the culture and language of the French-Canadians must always be preserved and I will not stop fighting until we are equally respected. Furthermore, I was lucky enough to be able to have my wife with me; however, she left in 1843 and returned back to Lower Canada. That is when I began to spend a lot of my time in the large archival repositories, where I would read and copy documents that relate to us ruling in Canada. Even away from home, I was determined to keep the French alive. I refuse to live in a country where we are not allowed to voice our opinions and thoughts. We have rights too! The French will dominate and I plan to be a big part in that. I was finally granted permission back into what they now call it The Province of Canada after 8 long years in exile. However, I didn’t feel entirely ready to go back yet. I wanted full amnesty from the colonial government as well. So, I spent some time in Italy and Switzerland before returning to Montreal.

After returning back to Montreal, I was an elected member of the new united Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. I had a major disagreement with the emerging French Canadian Liberal Party, and I became an independent member of parliament. You see, while I was in exile I was convinced by a strong republican who persuaded me to support the Montreal Annexation Manifesto that called for Canada to join the United States of America. This would help Canada market our goods, ensure the security of our people, and help provide finances that would help develop the West, however, the British American League strongly opposed this idea and the Montreal Annexation Manifesto eventually died out. Here I am today, 1850. Still fighting for the French and the beautiful language and culture it has to offer here in Canada and I will not give up until I am done fighting.

Louis Joseph Papineau

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1850

Indepth blog #6

I should start off by saying that I apologize for missing the last post. The things and tasks that I have been doing and my schedule lately have really taken over so I apologize, however, I’m thrilled to share my progress with you this week on my In-depth.

Even if I wanted to criticize myself right now I wouldn’t be able to, I am so happy with my progress thus far. The intricate language of Arabic is an amazing one indeed and I am so proud to call it my heritage language. Its delicate and intricate characters make you appreciate it that much more. The high level of complexity can get frustrating, yes, however, once you understand the concepts, it become easier to go about your tasks with the language. I love meeting with Maysa and getting to constantly widen my knowledge on something so close to me. Even though I never had the chance to learn and grasp the reading and writing of Arabic as a child, Maysa and my family have showed me that is never too late to learn. As long as you want to, you can and I cannot wait until I am able to showcase my learning during In-depth night.

Now moreover on to my progress. I am reading more and more fluently. It has become easier for me to differentiate the characters and their orientation in different types of words. I am also improving my nuqta positioning however it is something that I continue to struggle with because it is something you kinda get the hang of over time and people who are fluent obviously comes easier because they know the alphabet and which letters do contain the nuqta whereas I am always learning. Adding in from De Bono, the Nuqta is a concept that I struggle with but will continue to focus on as the weeks go on. I have seen a large improvement in my writing and reading and I will hopefully be able to show you my progress in three weeks! Adding more of De Bono’s thoughts, I had ran into an unfortunate situation last week. I originally meet with Maysa on either Tuesday or Thursday after school and sometimes both. However, last week I had the basketball banquet at the school on the Tuesday we were supposed to meet. The banquet is when we celebrate each team’s season and hand out rewards to the deserving players. Being the captain of the junior girls team I knew that I had to attend and celebrate with my girls. So, I informed Maysa and she gave me an alternative. Since my mom is fluent in Arabic as well she gave my mom the stuff we working on to teach me that week since we could not afford to miss a week of learning. I was very happy that I was able to find such a convenient alternative to my problem and continue my learning of Arabic.

Thanks for reading this week and I’ll be back soon to report my progress once again! :)

Nadia

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Nadia in Arabic (right to left)

Long Live the French!

As a proud politician of Lower Canada, I Louis Joseph Papineau promise not to let you down during this journey of ours. I refuse to let one person dictate the way we do things forever. I want to give you the chance to give your opinion on your province and your country. It is your country and one person has no right to decide everything for you. After being elected in 1815 to be the speaker of the Legislative Assembly in Lower Canada as well as, the leader of the Lower Canadian political party, Parti Canadien. I want to settle things between us and the English (Upper and Lower Canada), therefore, my push for having the general public contribute to our society adding their thoughts and opinions. After constant declines of many different offers that were just trying to shut me up, I knew that simply “trying” was no longer good enough if I wanted to protect the French.

Upon many years later, we had finally received approval from the Legislative Assembly regarding the 92 resolutions that my party and I proposed to them. After the resolutions finally reached Canada a few months ago,  frustration broke out in all the British People and had brought us in British colonies reforming everything we could. I was determined to protect the French and strip the Brits from their power. In addition, my good friend George Etienne Cartier helped us successfully defeat a British group in the battle of Saint-Denis, we could see the light that was freedom from the British. Although defeating one force, we weren’t too confident in being able to defeat the next two groups. With me having to leave Montreal, it only made matters worse and more worrying. The last thing we needed was to be captured by Governor, Lord Gosford. However, being in the Legislative has its positives, I am lucky enough to know a guy who goes by the name of Wolfred Nelson, a co-member of the Patriotes. I was able to find a place to stay after I left Montreal. I am worried, yes, but I don’t fear the British. I believe that we can defeat them and continue our rebellion and achieve our goal of freeing the French. I’m passionate about my people and I promise that I won’t let you down. I promise that you won’t regret electing me!

Louis Joseph Papineau

1837

Growing Independence

Being Canadian is one of the most rewarding feelings a person can feel. Our beautiful provinces, scenes, and people makes living in Canada a great experience each and everyday. In Social Studies 10, one area of study is the confederation and the growing independence of Canada, which is the topic of the article I chose to discuss.

“Growing independence from Britain and early struggles between the provinces and the federal government are hallmarks of this period.”

This quote was taken out of the article I chose to discuss. It talks about the process of Canada’s independence from 1867-1931. Since we focus on the years of 1815-1914, I mainly focused on the

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1860’s-1910’s part of the article. This included the British North America Act in 1867, Ontario’s win over Manitoba regarding the western part of the province in 1889 ]Canada (Ontario Boundary) Act], and the Colonial Laws Validity Act in 1865. I chose to discuss this article because I feel that it is important for citizens of their country should be educated and aware of the importance that comes with Canada and its road to being Canada. Before, I never thought about why are here? Or why we celebrate Canada on July 1st? However, just from reading this article and discussing certain issues in the classroom I have begun to realize how important Canada really is as well as, thanking those who fought in World War I to give us the freedom we have. Learning about these milestones in Canadian history has allowed me to relate to the questions we discussed in class and over blogs “Where have we been?” and “Where are we going?”

This article highlights the PLO (Prescribed Learning Outcomes) in the Governance section in the Social Studies 10 curriculum. PLO C2 talks about the confederation of Canada and its province and territory development. This article I felt helped me understand a good portion of C2 ; however, I am itching to learn more about the beautiful country we live in and widen my knowledge about its development as a country whilst obtaining all PLO’s.