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Culture and Environment

Overall Objective
To learn to analyze the relationship between cultural attitudes and exploitation and/or protection of the natural environment. The fundamentals of the relationship between humans and their environment are mental constructs that are learned and can therefore be modified.

Grade levels
Advanced 9–12 and beyond. This unit can be adapted to younger grades and different courses of study in various Canadian provinces and territories.

Content Areas
Social Studies
History
English – Language Arts
Writing
Media Studies
Canadian Studies

Materials Required
Access to a computer lab, Internet connection and browser.

Summary
By watching film excerpts, students explore some of the diverse cultural beliefs and practices that underlie human interaction with the natural environment. Students should develop a deeper understanding of conservation.

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[1985]
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Return of the Swift Fox
[1988]
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Return of the Swift Fox
[1988]
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The Barrens Quest
[1997]
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Death of a Legend
[1971]
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Where the Bay Becomes the Sea
[1985]
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A House on the Prairie
[1978]
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In Search of the Bowhead Whale
[1974]
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In Search of the Bowhead Whale
[1974]
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