Canadiana Anna is here to explore the roots of modern democracy.

Your archaeological skills are needed to examine artifacts, learn about a consensus decision making model, create a clan symbol, and play a sacred game. Find out how the Iroquois shaped our lives today in Canada!

Highlights

  • Activities: Group consensus decision making activity, examine a kit of artifacts, chart observations, complete clan badge, play the sacred bowl game, experiment with drum rhythms.
  • Cross-curricular connections
  • Take-Home: Personal clan symbol badge with beading

The students really enjoyed the consensus decision-making activity and the stone tossing game. These two activities required cooperation, respect, and the following of rules. It also gave the students an opportunity to try things they would not normally get a chance to do.

Grade 6 TeacherJohn Costello School

I have been booking this field trip for my grade 6 class regularly for the last 4 years as each year my students enjoy it.

J.K., Grade 6 TeacherKhalsa School Calgary

The hands-on nature of the work that was completed -there were activities and presentations that would have been difficult to source and complete myself. The close connection to curriculum objectives was also a very important factor when looking to book the session.

L.F., Grade 6 TeacherSt. Damien School

I love how this kick starts our discovery about the Iroquois Confederacy. The students love examining the artifacts and making their own clan badge. Very hands-on and interesting for the students.

E.P., Grade 6 TeacherWoodman School

An overall understanding of the valuable contribution of the Iroquois community to the foundation of Canada.

6.2.4 Analyze the structure and functions of the Iroquois Confederacy by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

  • How was the Iroquois Confederacy structured? (PADM)
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of consensus as a decision-making model for government? (PADM)
  • How did the Six Nations use the consensus-building process? (PADM)
  • How did the Wampum Belt address collective identity? (I, PADM)
  • To what extent did the decision-making process within the Iroquois Confederacy reflect democratic ideals of equity and fairness? (PADM)

6.S.5 Demonstrate skills of cooperation, conflict resolution and consensus building:

  • Demonstrate the skills of compromise to reach group consensus
  • Work collaboratively with others to achieve a common goal

6.S.7 Use graphs, tables, charts and Venn diagrams to interpret information

  • Draw conclusions based on information gathered to answer a research question.

6.S.8 Express reasons for their ideas and opinions in oral and written form

  • Listen to others to understand their perspectives