Close to 20 years ago, I used this 1990 film, I'm British But... to look at the ideas of Culture and how identity shifts in the face of Racism and immigration. We will only look at the first 10 minutes of this film to see how this connects to some of the Big Ideas relating to Culture and Identity (intentionally capitalized).
This exercise is very interesting as we begin to think about Canada's 150th Birthday. What does it mean to be a Canadian in this day and age? Where do our diverse voices fit it? Where do the voices of Canada's First People fit in?
There is a unique project I read about in a What in the World publication about "Lost Stories" of Canadians during this sesquicentennial year. This project cannot capture all of the stories of Canadians, but it is working to shine a light on some voices we will not hear: http://loststories.ca/
Significant to understanding Canada's History is recognizing that Canada was considered a colony by both the French and the English. For some of our discussion in class today, we will be looking at how England colonized a large portion of South Asia.
A comic twist on this can be seen in the film, Bend it Like Beckham. The families of the movie, if not born in England, have come from the Punjab state in northern India: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Punjab,+India,+Indiafirstname.lastname@example.org,66.4337852,5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x391964aa569e7355:0x8fbd263103a38861!8m2!3d31.1471305!4d75.3412179
As we prepare to wrap up our teaching year, we will spend some time discussing the importance of voices and stories in this year of celebration of our nation