Students explore how the new Dominion expanded with the settlement and development of the Canadian west. They examine a range of changes and conflicts, including railroad construction and issues of resource use, and investigate the roles and reactions of government, First Nation peoples, Métis, and new immigrants. They also explore how the history of the region has influenced Canadian culture.
By the end of Grade 8, students will:
- outline the main factors contributing to the settlement and development of the Prairie provinces, British Columbia, and Yukon, and describe the effects of development on various groups of people in the region from a variety of perspectives;
- use a variety of resources and tools to gather, process, and communicate information about conflicts and changes that occurred during the development of western Canada;
- show how the history of the Canadian west has influenced both artistic/imaginative works and Canadian institutions.