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Stephen Downes

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It wasn't until I was in university that I learned that Canada was mostly formed through a series of treaties between the Crown and indigenous peoples (except places like Newfoundland, where the original Beothuk inhabitants were extinguished, or British Columbia, where they just didn't bother). This knowledge changed my understanding of Canada and raised troubling questions about our failures to actually abide by those treaties. So it's important to learn about them - but what's the best way? This article describes the treaties and then outlines a teaching approach using Minecraft, which feels to me more like product placement that an effective teaching methodology. I think the Native Land Map would be a better resource (and worth comparing to, say, this map, which reduces First Nations territory to a set of widely scattered dots).

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