Project 53: Connecting to First Nations

Student Name(s): Diala & Sareen

School: Edmonton Islamic Academy

Grade: 4


Research Topic / Main Questions:

Why is the environment important to first nations?
Did First Nations have in relationships with nature?
What is Head smash in Buffalo?
What is the Fur Trade?
What is a tipi and what does it have inside?
Did First Nations have any traditions and cultures?

Why did you choose this topic:

We picked this project because this year, in Grade 4, we are learning more about, The First Nation People. We want to share our knowledge and bring awareness among people, about their life styles and in particular, their dependence on nature.

Please summarize your experience in researching this project?

In the first semester, in Social studies, we learnt about different regions including Boreal Forest Region. The good thing about this book is that it is taught through the experiences of few students who are from different backgrounds. I remember in the Boreal Forest Region, how the First Nation people used nature and in particular, the forest which satisfied them with their basic needs. Later, in the 2nd semester, we started learning the First Nation people in detail. There was no need to do lots of research as the content was available in our textbook itself.

How did you personally connect to this project?

We are very much inspired by the First Nation People and also connect to them from our own religion i.e Islam. As a community and in particular, in our families, we also show respect to our elders, share responsibilities, be satisfied with what we have, and care for nature too!

What are your conclusions about your topic?

As grade 4 students, we have learned how the First Nation people appreciated and respected nature.
In today’s world, even though we have so many facilities and comfort in our lives, still we are not happy.
Our world is always facing problems due to land, water and air pollution.
If we follow the guidelines of the First Nation as to how they took care of nature, used only what was needed and shared with others with what they have, we can also save this world by making it a better place.

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