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Building a Nation: How Did Canada Start?
Student Handout 1
Research Team I
- When did the Dominion of Canada come into being?
- Which colonies joined the federation? How were they reorganized in 1867?
- What is the difference between a province and a territory?
- When and how have new provinces or territories been created?
- Which ones joined Confederation as full partners?
Research Team II
- Why was this new country Canada formed?
- Do you think these same reasons exist for today's Canada?
- Are there new reasons for the existence of the country called Canada today?
Research Team III
- Where and when did the three important meetings (Conferences) leading to the creation of Canada take place?
- Why is the term "Fathers of Confederation" confusing? Who did these men represent?
- Who was not (directly) represented at the Conferences in 1864-1866 (and later)? Why were they excluded?
- Which groups do you think should be represented at a meeting to discuss today's Canada?
Research Team IV
- What assets (strengths) did each of the new groups/regions bring to the newly formed country?
- Are these the same strengths that are valued/important in today's Canada?
Research Team V
- What document was produced by the delegates at the three Conferences?
- What were the major points of this constitutional legislation?
- Is this document still in use in today's Canada?
- What types of documents were used to define the boundaries and status of new provinces (Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan) or when other colonies joined Confederation?
Research Team VI
- Can you locate maps to show the territory of Canada from 1886 to the present?
- What are the major differences between Canada's provincial and national borders in 1867, 1870, 1882, 1898, 1905, 1912, 1927, 1949 and today?
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