Thursday, 28 November 2013

Mystery Skype

       During the Mystery Skype I learnt that their education system is very good. They are given opportunities that most high school students off reserves are given. As well the living conditions on this particular reserve are quite well. They feel like they belong and avoid being judged. They like the laws better on the reserves.  They participate in the same sports and activities that we do except bingo is very popular for them. 

      They were very friendly and easy to talk to. We shared a lot of the same interests. I was able to get a better perspective of the lives of a teenage First Nations.

      The questions could have been improved and better organized. I think more time spent on this would have made the Mystery Skype more informational. The teachers should not have there Skype names on screen because students can use that information to easily find where they are from.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

ISU Blog Post #1

         The novel I chose for my ISU is Medicine River written by Thomas King. The novel is set in Western Canada on a Native reserve and follows the life of a middle aged man named Will.

        Thomas King, who was born in 1943, is a noted novelist and broadcaster who often writes about North American First Nations. He is an advocate of First Nations causes. He is of Greek and Cherokee descent. King moved to Canada in the 1980's and taught Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge. He also served as faculty of the University of Minnesota American Indian Studies Department.

The novel gives knowledge of the conditions and lifestyle of those on a Native Reserve.