Tuesday, March 5, 2013

We Stand Together Fact #7

Hi Sheena,
Thanks for choosing to stand together! Here is Daily Fact #7:
Nearly 400,000 people in Canada identify as Métis.

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This vignette was filmed with the Métis Fiddler Quartet in Ontario. Fiddle music is an important part of Métis culture and tradition. The Métis Fiddler Quartet performs and teaches traditional music while educating about Métis culture.

1. The Métis Fiddler Quartet views music as a way to tell a story and more importantly, as a connection to their traditions and history. Why is it important to pass on stories and traditions? What are different ways that cultures use to pass on their traditions and stories?
2. What do you think Alyssa means when she says “an out-of-book perspective?” How would this be different from an Indigenous perspective, and why do you think Alyssa values the Indigenous perspective more than the out-of-book perspective?
3. In the video, Conlin says, “When we start to close off doors because we think we don’t like something, but we’ve never given it a chance, we lose something.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
4. How could keeping an open mind and learning about various cultures and identities affect our current world?
5. What are ways that you can “step into the circle,” as Conlin says, to find ways of bringing non-Aboriginal Canadians together with Aboriginal Canadians?

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