High school

Undergraduate Activities - Secondary 1 and 2

The activities elaborated for the classes of 1st and 2nd secondary seek to develop the reflection on the Ilnu identity and what it can bring as experiences to the young people in today's world.

Ilnu Family Dynamics: Youth will be able to reflect on the place of each member in an Ilnu family, such as children, parents and elders. They will also be able to discuss the contributions of each member to the family dynamic.

Ilnu traditional medicine: To study the basics of traditional medicine production, as well as the safety rules to be respected in their manufacture; also to discuss the parallels that can be established between this knowledge and know-how and the modern pharmaceutical sciences.

True or False: Can We Fight Prejudice (workshop): This workshop aims to get participants to examine the basis of prejudice and to become aware of the universality of its use. Historical data will be used to reveal the origins of some common stereotypes and, finally, there will be a discussion of contemporary stereotypes.

Advanced Archaeology Workshop: In high school, the concept of the archaeological environment is integrated into the workshop. A visit to the archaeology laboratory is included, in order to see the real objects. The explanation of the tools, the raw materials that compose them and their origin will allow to concretize the importance of the environmental aspect in archaeology. Students will also be able to try their hand at zooarchaeology.

Second cycle activities - Secondary 3 and 4

The curriculum for senior high school students emphasizes reflection on cultural identity, the world of work and the environment.

The Ilnu perspective on the environment: In the cause of environmental protection, it is essential to discuss the relevance of traditional Ilnuatsh thinking and the lessons that can be learned from it.

Tomorrow’s citizens: As young people begin the process of finding their identity, this activity will provide them with an opportunity to talk about cultural identity, life choices and personal commitment while using Ilnu’s reality as a basis for discussion.

The Impacts of Non-Native Industries (workshop): This workshop provides an opportunity for young people who will soon be entering the Quebec labour market to assess the impacts, both negative and positive, of 400 years of non-native commercial encroachment on Nitassinan.

Advanced Archaeology Workshop: At this level, students are introduced to the different dating methods in archaeology (carbon 14, thermoluminescence, relative dating, typology, seriation, etc.) and can learn about the design of a stratigraphy that relates the object to different levels of occupation over time. The archaeologist’s job is seen from every angle, from an inventory project in the snow to an excavation in 40 degrees in the sun.

Cycle 2 Activities - Secondary 5

The activities intended for Secondary V students seek to raise their awareness of First Nations social issues and encourage discussion.

The potential contribution of the Ilnuatsh: In their choice of career, young people must have the opportunity to discuss their aspirations and be encouraged to realize their ambitions. It is important to emphasize how the history of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh of yesterday and today can be a source of inspiration.

Contemporary Social Causes (workshop): An invitation to discuss social involvement and the many causes that are currently seeking the attention of Ilnuatsh youth: the code of belonging, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls Inquiry, and more.

Advanced Archaeology Workshop: The emphasis at this last level is on the professions related to archaeology, including explanations of the contributions of geology, chemistry, geomatics (cartography or photogrammetry) and biology (dendrochronology and carpology, i.e. the study of seeds or macroremains). Students may become familiar with the design of surface plans in archaeology.

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