Presentation on theme: "Dominion of Canada Classified Document 1869. To the students in their seventh year of education, of a Mr. Van Berkel, at the common school of VCHS, in."— Presentation transcript:
If you succeed you will be rewarded handsomely and your country will be forever in your debt
Ottawa, 1869, “It is my pleasure to be writing this message to the intelligent young gentlemen, and of course young ladies, of VCHS. I have read about the fine work that you have displayed, and from the feedback from your most gracious and remarkable teacher, I feel that you young people are the only ones I can turn to.
“ As you have talked about in class. We have just recently purchased Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company for 300 000 pounds. I do not need to tell you the importance of this sale as you have already examined it in your debates. Hudson’s Bay Company withdrew their rule in January and the whole region is to be transferred to our Dominion on December 1st of this year.
“I have sent Canadian surveyors to the land for the great amount of settlers we anticipate will settle these vast lands. Most land was empty except for the 12 000 settlers living at the Red River Settlement around Fort Garry and the Indians scattered sparsely throughout the land.
“ Your first task will be to open your sealed ‘Top Secret’ envelops. Inside you will find a letter I have titled “John A. Macdonald’s Problem.” I will need someone with a strong clear voice to read this letter aloud to the class.
“Now turn to the next page after letter in the envelope I have sent you titled “Your Mission.” Follow along as I give you specific details about your mission.”
I need each and everyone of you fine young people to act as Special Agents for the Dominion of Canada. You are to infiltrate the Red River Settlement to gather vital information so that I can make the best decision in the interest of our country.
You are to get information about: THE EVENTS 1. What really happened with - the surveyors; - the taking of Fort Garry? 2. What demands does the Provisional Government make? 3. Why did this ‘trouble’ happen?
THE PEOPLE 1. Who are the peoples of the west? 2. Who are the Métis? - find out more about their culture 3. Who is Louis Riel?
THE SOLUTION 1. Based on your research, what should be the response of the Canadian government? - Negotiate a peaceful settlement? How? - Use force? How? 2. Give good reasons for your recommendation.
THE WRITTEN REPORT 1. You will present all of this information in a creative written (visual) ex. powerpoint report. 2. Use your knowledge of writing research reports and writing skills to produce a report that is accurate and informative. 3. Be creative with your Top Secret Report!
“I anxiously await your final recommendation. I thank you in advance for your work. I ask that you take this matter seriously. The fate of this young nation rests in your hands.” Sincerely, John A. Macdonald
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