3. Indigenous Rights & Resistance

Unit 3 examines historical and contemporary Indigenous rights & resistance movements, as well as examples of Indigenous organization, mobilization, and resistance throughout BC’s history.

First, we need to do a bit of background research to understand where we are now and how far we’ve come in terms of Indigenous rights and resistance movements.

ACTIVITY 1: Indigenous peoples all across Turtle Island (and BC specifically) have resisted colonial forces since contact. Gord Hill’s “500 Years of Reistance” graphic novel provides an accessible overview of many of the Indigenous resistance movements of the last few centuries. Take a look through the graphic novel (we have several copies) and choose one particular resistance movement. In a paragraph write a quick overview of the conflict.
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ACTIVITY 2: There are a series of developments in the province from the early 1900s onward that set the stage for many of the challenges Indigenous peoples still face today. Locate the following events and organizations in Chapter 8 & 9 of your textbook. Take a few quick point form notes (ie 2-3 points) on each:

Victoria Conference (1911)
The Allied Indian Tribes
Potlatch Ban
Native Brotherhood of BC
The Calder Case
The Constitution Act