The students will learn that everything is interconnected and interdependent. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The students will understand the importance of balance in their lives and in the environment.
First Nations Viewpoint First Nations people have often used medicine wheel teachings to explain worldviews. These worldviews often guide lessons. In First Nation philosophy or viewpoints, all things are animate (living) and are in constant motion (Little Bear, 2000). Although this philosophy is referring to the Plains Indians, there may be similarities among other North American First Nations.
The students will be able to analyze the relationships between large industries in Canada and the natural environment, paying specific attention to water quality. The students will grasp the concept of sociotechnology of use and they will evaluate the sustainability of the mining industry in Ontario.
The students will be able to evaluate the drinking water situation that is common on Canadian First Nation Communities and reserves. They will discuss the responsibility of the government for ensuring the safety of drinking water. The students will be able to determine if there is an element of racism in the government’s handling of the drinking water situation on reserves.
In 1996, Environment Canada issued a State of the Environment Report. In this report, it was found that 20-40% of rural wells may be affected by fecal coliform bacteria and nitrate contamination, among other indicators of poor water quality. When a community is found to have unsafe drinking water, that community is usually issued a boil water advisory until the problem has been fixed. The Yellow Quill First Nation in Saskatchewan has been on a boil water advisory for nine years, since 1995.