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INTRODUCTION


OTHER RESOURCES


The Canadian prairies: a history by Gerald Friesen.T
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984.

Forging the Prairie West by John Herd Thompson.
Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Manitoba: a history by W. L. Morton.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1957


Lessons > Birth of Manitoba: Senior 3

Birth of Manitoba: Senior 3

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Purpose

  • Students will explore the geographical impact of early settlement and the contributions of diverse cultural communities to Manitoba.
  • Students will examine the individuals and important events that gave birth to Manitoba as a province.
  • Students will examine Manitoba’s concerns and resistance, government reaction and entry into Confederation.
  • Students will review the evolving relationships between the Metis, the Francophones, the Anglophones, and the Canadian government.

Curriculum Outcomes: Canada-A Social And Political History

  • Canada has developed from a system of regional communities with differing interests and perspectives.
  • Individuals have a role to play in government and have both rights and responsibilities.
  • The history of the local area and region follows unique patterns, yet it is related to national and international history.
  • Canada’s place in the world has changed with its evolution from colony to nation.
  • Manitoba and the rest of the West changed in the first generation after Confederation.

Materials: (Activating for student interest and Acquiring information)

Vocabulary : to promote use of language in oral discussion, reading, and written work

territory
red
negotiate
Fort Garry
Metis
Manitoba Act
languages
Aboriginal
traders
expedition
influx
delegates
treason
terms
river
Rupert’s Land
Hudson’s Bay
assiniboine
French
equal rights
amnesty
voyageurs
ancestry
transfer
rebels
compensation
resistance
commenced
Louis Riel
opposed
government
English
legislation
fur trade
bison
consultation
foreign
dispersed
allotted

Suggestions for Instruction:  (Applying)

Have students review and compare the geographical changes that resulted from the settlement of diverse cultural communities. Discuss the impact on the cultural communities as Louis Riel proclaimed a provisional government. Have students further explore the following:

  • The challenge and promotion of central authority.
  • The rights of minority groups, French-English relations, Aboriginal rights past and present.
  • The purchase of Rupert’s Land, the implications for Canada at the time of purchase, and the significance of this event today.
  • Manitoba’s impact on the rest of Canada.
  • Actions that could have possibly been taken to avoid the resistance – how, by who and when.

Suggestions for Assessment

Students will demonstrate their understanding through various activities such as

  • mapping skills
  • oral discussion and written assignments
  • historical debate
  • re-enactment of specific characters
  • student presentations on specific topic or issue, etc.

Extension Activities

  • field trip to one or more of the following museums (St. Boniface Museum, Manitoba Museum, Seven Oaks Museum).
  • visit to Louis Riel’s House
  • inviting government representative to the classroom to discuss rights in Canada
  • participation with activism – from classroom to society
  • gathering further information on Manitoba through other resources, etc
Digital Resources on Manitoba History