This unit of lessons takes students on a journey from Shoal Lake 40 near Kenora, Ontario to Shelburne, A’Se’k (Boat Harbour), and Stewiacke, Nova Scotia.
The trip begins with the five-part mini-documentary series, Freedom Road which focuses on racist governmental policies and treatment of First Nations residents of Shaol Lake 40 near Kenora. The lessons morph into an exploration of construction jobs which literally built a road that gave the isolated community a way to reach the rest of the world.
The lessons go on to examine union organizing including the importance of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike and how it impacted Tommy Douglas’s dream for better treatment of workers and eventually, a free Universal Health Care Plan for Canadians. The lessons then delve into real solutions for Canada’s environmental, economic, social justice, and human rights issues. The unit summative project empowers students to showcase their understanding of the role the trades play in solving some of Canada’s most enduring human rights violations.
Access to the Freedom Road mini-documentary series is through the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) website.
Unit appropriate for 13+ years incl. college.
Suitable for construction, tech (not coding), careers, civics, social sciences, philosophy, history, business, personal life skills, women in trades.
Freedom Road – Winter Semester
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