This teaching resource offers an in-depth coverage of all the indicators for the outcome PA4.3 – Demonstrate an understanding of the First Nations system of government and
PA4.4 – Demonstrate an understanding of the Metis system of government.
Although it has been written to meet the outcome and indicators for the Saskatchewan Social Studies curriculum, it will meet the needs of educators teaching about how the three levels of government work.
Lessons are presented in the order of the indicators:
a. Research the structures of governance in First Nations communities (local band council, tribal council, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Assembly of First Nations)
b. Compare the traditional processes for selection of leaders in First Nations communities to current practices for selection of leaders in First Nations
c. Compile an inventory of current focus for First Nations governments in Saskatchewan
a. Research the structures of government of Metis people in Saskatchewan (Metis local, Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, Metis National Council)
b. Compare the traditional processes for selection of leaders of Metis people to current practices for selection of leaders by the Metis people
c. Compile an inventory of issues of current focus for Metis governments in Saskatchewan.
Evaluation should be ongoing throughout the unit.
Keep records of how students demonstrate understanding of the concepts in class discussions, answers to questions and in the writings and research they do.
Assess the students journal writing as well as the end of the unit poster and compile these with the assessments of their written work as well as group work the classroom to arrive at an average grade for the unit.
Other Grade 4 Social Studies units available are:
Saskatchewan Grade 4 Social Studies I Can Statement Posters
How First Nations and Metis Shape Saskatchewan
Origins of Cultural Diversity in Saskatchewan Communities
Influence of Saskatchewan Programs and People on a National Scale
Impact of the Land on Lifestyle and Settlement Patterns in Saskatchewan
First Nations and Metis Relationship with the Land
Implications of the Treaty Relationship in Saskatchewan
Governance Structures in Saskatchewan
The Three Levels of Government