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A Timeline of Aboriginal Treaties in Canada

Extension Work Sheet

Rules of Debate:

A debate is stated as an affirmative proposition. A debate is generally broken down as follows:

  • First speaker: in favour of the resolution (7 minutes)

  • Second speaker: in opposition to the resolution (7 minutes)

  • Short break

  • Third speaker: in favour of the resolution (7 minutes)

  • Fourth speaker: in opposition to the resolution (7 minutes)

  • Short break

  • Fifth speaker: opposition rebuttal (5 minutes)

  • Sixth speaker: affirmative rebuttal (5 minutes)

Possible subjects for debate:

Many treaties included provisions for Aboriginal nations to maintain their traditional hunting and fishing grounds, without restrictions. Should these rights still be allowed in the context of today's world?

Debate Assessment Criteria


Group 1 Rating

Group 2 Rating

Are their facts accurate?



Are the arguments organized logically?



Do they support their arguments with evidence?



Did they stay on topic?



Was their rebuttal on target?



Do they follow the rules of the debate (finish in the time given, without finishing too early, not interrupting)?



Do they speak clearly and appropriately (varying tone, pitch, etc., without distracting from the arguments)?



Did they maintain good eye contact, posture, etc.?



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