4. The Historical Legacy & Contemporary Issues

Unit 4 looks at the historical legacy of colonialism in BC, as well as contemporary issues facing First Nations peoples in BC. Additionally, we look at Métis history and contemporary issues.

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Métis Flag

The infinity symbol represents the coming together of two distinct and vibrant cultures, those of European and indigenous North America, to produce a distinctly new culture, the Métis. The flag symbolizes the creation of a new society with roots in both Aboriginal and European cultures and traditions. The sky blue background of the flag emphasizes the infinity symbol and suggests that the Métis people will exist forever.”



Many First Nations groups in BC (and the rest of Canada) have a conflicted relationship with Canada. This often finds expression during Canada Day celebrations. Check out this buzzfeed article below and consider your own relationship with Canada:

Dear Canada, It’s Not Me, It’s You