This theme comprises film excerpts that give a voice to Aboriginal youth – young people who dream of leaving, confronted by the disappearance of traditional values and the difficulty of living in a world made by non-Aboriginals, and who are, sometimes, condemned to a tragic fate.
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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.