First Peoples - Connecting Today to the Past


Many issues involving First Peoples have been brought to the forefront of our society in the past few months, years, decades, and stretch back centuries. Some current issues that may come to mind might be involving residential schools, land claims, drinking water, remote reservation locations, and the list could go on. All of these problems are linked to Canada's past, and you are about to dig into that past to attain a fuller understanding of the present.


This WebQuest will challenge you to research some current issues involving First Peoples and dig deeper to make connections with your chosen topic and Canada's history.

Part One:

Students will use their inquiry skills to analyze a current problem facing the First Peoples in Canada today and trace the path of the specific Group and problem back to 1800-1850. Use the chart below to collect your information. Be sure to be thorough.

Part Two:

Students will create a media piece (Public Service Announcement, Newscast, Website, Video Blog, Other?) to bring awareness to this problem. ​Be sure to add statistics, graphs, and/or charts.

Here are two links that will provide you with problems the First Peoples are dealing with today:

  • Go to this website and search for “First Nations” or “First Peoples”

  • Canada’s Largest Online First Nations newspaper


  1. You will be given ​three​ class periods to complete the chart below. You may need to work on it at home

    as well.

  2. You will complete this assignment with a partner.

  3. An additional ​three​ ​periods will be given to plan and put the information into a media piece to bring

    awareness to this problem.

  4. You will present your media piece to the class and you will receive feedback from some of the students

    in the class. Then your work will need to be submitted for assessment.


What is a current problem the First Nations are facing? Research and collect jot notes. Use statistics. ​(describe the problem, to whom it is happening, where it is happening, include statistics, photos, maps, etc.









What is the cause of the problem? Why is it so difficult to fix?














What connections can be made between these current issues and events (in relation to the specific First Peoples group) and events affecting the same group between 1800 and 1850?











What are the First Nations doing and/or saying about this problem? Research and collect jot notes. What actions have the First Nations taken to address this problem?












What is the government doing and/or saying about this issue? Research and collect jot notes. What actions has the government taken to address this problem?












What can be done to help this problem? Final thoughts.











Sources (at least 3 credible). ​Record ALL sources. Be specific. Name the website (and provide link), article, book, etc.









Type of Media Piece:__________________________________________________________________

Plan for Communicating Information:

How will you hook the audience?
How will your ending be memorable? Call to action?
How will you engage your audience? music? videos? photos? questions? What will the order of your information be that makes the most sense? What statistics? Charts? Graphs? Will you be using?



(Critical Thinking)

Long Way To Go

Almost There

Got it!

Got it and more!

Able to demonstrate an understanding of a current problem facing the First Nations in Canada (sufficient, specific information gathered).





A variety of credible sources are used (at least 3).





(Problem Solving)





Able to give realistic solutions to the problem faced by the First Nations.










Information is presented in a clear and organized way to bring awareness to this problem. Planning is evident. 










Information is communicated in an effective, engaging way. (graphs, charts, stats...).






One of the goals for this process was to help you attain a deeper understanding of some of the issues that First Peoples have been dealing with for a long time, and currently deal with today. Once we understand a problem, we can hopefully become part of the solution. Through sharing your groups media piece and watching other groups' media pieces, hopefully we can all become part of the solution.

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If you have questions about the process for this WebQuest, or you aren't sure about some of the information you find as you complete your research, check in with me throughout the process.