Ask students to suggest and justify a proposed solution, explanation or interpretation to a confusing or enigmatic situation



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C.CT.12 DECODE THE PUZZLE: Why There Are No Aboriginal Fathers of Confederation Name: ___________


DIRECTIONS FOR TEACHER: The puzzle here is why such important conferences are taking place about the future of Canada—without Aboriginal leaders at them. At http://www.gov.ns.ca/abor/education/otherresources , see the Mi’Kmaq Resource Guide (http://www.gov.ns.ca/abor/education/otherresources)
DIRECTIONS FOR STUDENT: First. Read what the Nova Scotia government was doing with land that Mi’Kmaq traditionally occupied between 1801-1866 . Second. Write the missing information (reasons for the actions that were taken) that are not stated—“read between the lines.”
1855 – The Nova Scotia government enacted legislation for the purpose of taking title to all lands reserved for the exclusive use of Indians and to hold it in trust for them.
1859 – An Act was passed which allowed squatters to buy land on which they were trespassing. This allowed settlers to obtain land set aside for Mi’Kmaq.
1866 – Samuel P. Fairbanks,Commissioner of Crown Lands and Indian Affairs, prepared a schedule of lands to be set apart for the Mi”kmaq.


1855- Why do you think the Nova Scotia Government would pass a law to say that they would take care of the land for the Mi’Kmaq—land that was “given” to them years before in 1801? Why do you need to take care of things for other people?

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1859- Why were people allowed to trespass and squat on Mi’Kmaq land in the first place? Then, why did the government say that since the squatter is already there, they could buy the land—from the government?

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1866- Why seven years later in 1866, would Samuel P. Fairbanks make a map or list of lands to be set apart especially for the Mi’Kmaq when the government had already given the land to them in 1801?

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YOUR CONCLUSIONS: What are your thoughts about why there were no Aboriginal Fathers of Confederation? Does it help when you remember how Aboriginal people think about “land” and being their “own nation?” Do answering the questions above help you imagine how the government of Nova Scotia treated the Aboriginal Peoples? What could be some reasons why there were no Aboriginal Fathers of Confederation?

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