“Challenging Canadian Identity”
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We chose the curriculum unit of 1982-Present in the Grade 10 Introduction to Canadian History course because it is often one that we have seen neglected in our experience as students and Teacher Candidates. Since the course spans a long period of time, many teachers do not leave sufficient time or run out of time for this area of the course, meaning that this unit is often absent or rushed. We chose to create resources and lesson plans for this unit so that we could bring attention to many events and issues that would help students understand Canadian History to the present. The central theme of our unit is “Challenging Canadian Identity” because many of the topics explored in the period of 1982 - Present have repercussions that challenge the stereotype or “typical” Canadian identity. We feel that exploring these topics will allow students to develop the skills necessary to look at themselves as Canadians through multiple lenses, therefore also developing their own multi-faceted identities as responsible Canadian citizens. We want the students to understand that there is not one cohesive “Canadian identity” and we want them to have the skills to be able to challenge the generally accepted norms.