The film excerpts in this theme show the devastating effects of European colonialist policies on Aboriginal peoples. They also show acts of racism in which Aboriginal peoples have been victimized in their relations with whites.
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This lesson's activities and discussion points will help students appreciate various themes in current Canadian Native Studies, Social Studies and History courses (for example, Aboriginal beliefs and values, culture and community, identity, and interdependence). Before viewing, students explore the meaning of family and of the film's title. They then compare the traditions in the different Aboriginal communities shown in Mother of Many Children with traditions in their own communities. They close the lesson by using the messages in the film to explore the meaning of discrimination and prejudice in Canadian society.