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Unit 1: An Introduction to Law

CHAPTER 3: BARRIERS TO ACHIEVING EQUALITY

E-ACTIVITY: THE ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS (p. 76)

Activity: Make a Poster to Highlight First Nations Issues

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national lobby organization of the First Nations in Canada. The AFN represents the interests of the more than 630 First Nations communities that exist in Canada. In this activity you will prepare a poster to educate the general public about the AFN and the issues important to the First Nations peoples.

  1. Begin by learning more about First Nations issues by visiting the Assembly of First Nations Web site and exploring the site. Specifically, find out about the role of the AFN and its focus. Click on "About AFN" and then "Description of the AFN."

  2. Look at a list of issues currently of interest to First Nations communities by clicking on "Fact Sheets" at the AFN Web Site. Choose one issue of interest to you, and research the topic by reading the Fact Sheet. Use the modified Legal Inquiry Model below to focus your research. Use your findings as the focus for a poster about the AFN and issues important to the First Nations peoples.

LEGAL INQUIRY MODEL
Focus on an issue of concern to the First Nation communities. Formulate questions such as Who? What? When? Where? and Why? to guide your initial research.

Identify Your Source: In this case, record the Web site address and corresponding links.

Formulate a question to guide your research, whether opinion, argument, or thesis.

Research: Use the Assembly of First Nations Web site to conduct your research. Look for different points of view; determine the relevance and reliability of the information; and evaluate the credibility of your sources by looking for bias, accuracy, and underlying assumptions.

Organize: Classify and clarify information that you have selected; look for logical connections in the material; and use charts, graphic organizers, and other organizational aids.

Answer: Synthesize and evaluate your findings; formulate an opinion, argument, or thesis that succinctly answers your questions; and determine the evidence and supporting material you will use to answer your questions.

Communicate your findings. Identify your research purpose and the intended audience, and prepare a poster to communicate your findings.

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