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A Timeline of Canada's Constitutional Evolution

Alberta Curriculum Objectives

Grade 10 Social Studies
Grade 12 Social Studies
Grade 10 Aboriginal Studies


Grade 10 (Social Studies 10)
Topic B: Citizenship in Canada

THEME I: POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
Students will be expected to understand that:
b. the structure and functions in Canada are important [esp. with respect to Constitution Act, 1867, representative democracy and responsible government, etc.]


Grade 11 (Aboriginal Studies 20)

THEME III: LEGISLATION, POLICIES AND CULTURAL CHANGE
GENERAL OUTCOME

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the effects of government policies, legislation and practices on Aboriginal cultures and peoples.

SPECIFIC OUTCOMES
Students will:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the nature and impact of the legislation and policies of the French and British governments on Aboriginal peoples:

  • identify the differences between French and British government policies affecting Aboriginal peoples, and evaluate the impact of those policies on Aboriginal peoples

  • evaluate and report on how legislation enacted by the British government demonstrated the perspective of that government by reviewing relevant excerpts from the following acts, and summarizing their purpose and effects on Aboriginal peoples:

    • Royal Proclamation, 1763

    • Gradual Civilization Act, 1857

    • British North America Act, 1867

    • Indian Enfranchisement Act, 1867

    • Indian Act, 1876

2. demonstrate an understanding of the impact of federal government legislation and policies on Aboriginal peoples:

  • analyze the process and effects of instituting the reserve system

  • evaluate the significance of the Royal Proclamation, 1763


Grade 12 (Aboriginal Studies 30)

THEME I: ABORIGINAL RIGHTS AND SELF-GOVERNMENT
GENERAL OUTCOME

Students will demonstrate an understanding that Canadian Aboriginal peoples have an inherent right to self-government and self-determination.

SPECIFIC OUTCOMES
Students will:
3. demonstrate an understanding of the Constitution Act, 1982, which guaranteed and affirmed Aboriginal rights and freedoms:

  • research and evaluate the terms of the Constitution Act, 1982 relative to Aboriginal rights and freedoms

  • examine the Constitution Act, 1982 in relation to the rights and freedoms of:

    • the Royal Proclamation, 1763

    • the Manitoba Act, 1870

    • the Indian Act, 1876

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