The Interactions between Europeans and Aboriginals: An Endless Story

Hello all,

this is the time of year when everyone is going a tad bit crazy before the summer hits. People are getting busier, stressful, and making problems out of things that aren’t worth making problems about. I guess it’s just the constant pressure that rests on our shoulders. There are so many distressed people around this time of year, and I have one tip: relax. Go hang out with friends, watch a movie, and go live life. I got this inspiration from Amira’s blog post and what she said really hit me. I totally agree with her 100%. Academics are really important don’t get me wrong, but I think having fun once in awhile and treating yourself is equally as important. Talk to those people you haven’t seen in over a month. Go do something you’ve been wanting to do. Don’t stress about the little things.

So back on topic, over the course of this semester, I have learned a variety of things that have contributed to the Confederation of Canada. And when I was a little kid, I was taught about aboriginals and what they were about. In elementary school, we did group projects on specific aboriginal groups and we had to give presentations about their way of living, what they ate and how they were as a tribe. I have heard countless stories and ravens and animals that has taught me so many life lessons. In grade 10, with endless discussions and readings, there are so many things to learn and still learn about. To start off, I know this situation is extremely complicated. I have a basic understanding of this topic before this course started. Through my middle school years, I was briefly taught about residential schools and the impacts it had made on the lives of aboriginals. Ever since I was informed about residential schools, I have always had a sick feeling inside me. It makes me uncomfortable to know that so many people have been abused for their heritage. I knew that things like this has happened throughout history, and with so many different kinds of people. When I was younger, I thought it was the Europeans’ fault and that they were bad people and they caused this mess. However, as I grow older, I have gained something extremely important: prospective. Now that I see from more than one side, I see that it wasn’t really the Europeans’ fault. I’m not saying what they did was a good thing in any way means, but to look at a side and understand what their purpose was is very different than saying you are on their side. It still makes me feel sick and uncomfortable to think of the things those kids went through, but I believe that the European settlers had the right intentions. The rest of my knowledge on this topic is very vague. I know about the Indian treaties and how the natives helped the British in specific wars, but I never really got super in-depth into these topics.

There are so many things I want to know more about in this PLO. Like I said before, the interactions between aboriginals and Europeans is a complicated story, so the more I know, the more I can understand it. I really want to focus on the peace Treaties and what they do for natives. Going more in-depth into these topics will really help me understand what they do for natives and what should be changed to further benefit them. I am also really interested in learning more about Residential schools. I know this is a very grey area and it makes  a lot of people uncomfortable including myself, but more information could help me improve on my prospective in which would help me with every day life. Improving my prospective will help me see things differently, being global news, or me fighting with a friend. Overall, I just want to see things from a different point of view in all these situations. If there is one side people are always looking at, I want to see from the other side. I want to be able to say, “Well this is the reason they did this or that”. I want to have a more open mind to situations. And learning about the interactions between Aboriginals and Europeans will help me with that.

There are a variety of questions I still have:

-Do similar school systems like this still exist today?

-Who determined the workers in the schools? (priests, nuns, doctors)

-Do native families ever try to run away to get far from residential schools?

-Has there ever been an attempt to break out kids from a residential school from the outside?

There are other PLO’s that would be covered as well from learning PLO B2. Section A1, A2, A3, and C4. Section A1-3 will definitely be used because it requires  critical thinking and critical thinking is needed to see a situation from all prospective. I also think c4 is talked about since it is important to know about the government’s role in this situation and how they contributed to Residential schools and Peace treaties.

Over this semester, I hope that I learn to see things from different prospective clearly, and I think this will be my main goal for me for the rest of the year. As we continue to learn more about the interactions between Europeans and Aboriginals, I hope to gain more knowledge, a better understanding, and a wiser mind.

In-Depth Blog Post #8: This is the End

Good evening all.

I hope you are all doing very well, because I can honestly say that I haven’t been. School has been very stressful these past couple of weeks, and with by busy life starting to get busier, I am struggling to keep up with all of it. Cadets is starting to become a big part of me since so my positions are moving around and I am being put in more leadership roles, which kinda frightens me. School is starting to pile up as summer comes near. The adventure trip is almost two weeks away from happening, and In-depth night is less than a month away! All of it is moving quite fast. However, this is the life I’ve chose and I do these things because I want to, so I am excited to see how I do by the end of the year and see how I end up.

On a more lighter note, In-depth is coming near! I feel like just yesterday I was telling myself. “Oh in-depth is so far away, I don’t need to worry about it right now’, or “There is so much time before in-depth! The possibilities are endless!”. Well the possibilities are not endless. They are quite limited actually. I have very little time to work on In-depth, and although I have a pretty solid idea of what I will be doing, I still have time to change a few minor things. And none of this would be possible without my mentor. He has helped me so much throughout the year as he helped me grow into the fitter person I am now. I set goals for myself such as making it into the parachuting course and being able to run a mile under 6 minutes. With the help of CrossFit, I have been able to meet all my goals and beyond, still surprising myself after doing CrossFit for a couple of months. I have become stronger, faster, and an overall healthier person because of CrossFit. Not only have I seen the improvements in myself, but the other people I have done CrossFit with. CrossFit is an amazing activity that I strongly recommend to anyone who wants to be healthier both physically and mentally.

My mentor and I have had countless conversations with each other. From sports to fitness, it became really easy to talk to my mentor and have a pleasant conversation with him. However, there ha been times where interruptions has happened in our conversations.  Interruptions mostly can be seen as being rude and obnoxious, but when my mentor interrupts me, it is to correct me an to fix my mistakes so I won’t make the same mistake again. For example, I was talking about my parachuting course and I was saying somethings about what I would have to do. Luckily, my mentor has had experienced with parachuting before, so he is quite knowledgable in the subject. I told him about something I need to do when I leave the plane, and he interrupted me saying that I am doing something wrong and he showed me what I was suppose to do. This interruption was justified because is keeping my safety in mind and helped me correct myself before I made the mistake. Interruptions can be helpful and well needed in some situations.

While I talk to my mentor, there are different attitudes that I experience throughout the conversations. These attitudes often change, but there has not been a time where I have had an attitude in which I am arrogant, bored, or eager to triumph my mentor. I was always eager to learn and kept an open mind. In the beginning, I had the explorer attitude and was just super keen on learning more about CrossFit. I asked so many questions about CrossFit and kept gathering information. I was focused on expanding my knowledge about CrossFit and wanted to learn about everything. Later on in the year, I had this one conversation in which I had a learner attitude when I was still trying to get to know my mentor better. I wasn’t too focused on exploring thoughts and ideas, but wanted to learn about his personal life and what he is about. A situations changed, my attitude did as well.

Well this is the end. I can’t wait to show you all what I have accomplished in a month. This has been an awesome year and I have grown in so many ways. To end things off, here is a super amusing comic.

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That’s all folks!