Oral Presentation # 4

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Please come to the presentation with questions prepared for all of the people who are also presenting on the same day as you. Don’t forget to see if you can make links with any of the shared readings we did at the start of the course.


4 thoughts on “Oral Presentation # 4

  1. Preservation of Native American Culture in The United States
    Native Americans in the United States of America encounter constant obstacles towards keeping their culture alive in the twenty first century. This article argues that Native Americans need to preserve their culture but that they can be fully modern as well. This paper will prove that the American government is capable of putting into place and maintaining policies that ensure native culture and land but unfortunately there are many limitations. The native language is not protected by schools, which means that young native students cannot connect with their culture, customs, history and roots. We will include that Native students do not have and are not given equal opportunities as American students, therefore ownership of the land, knowledge and progression of self and heritage is a constant and continuing struggle.

  2. Nicholas Katsaros

    Heavy Metals Downstream: The Systematic Destruction of Indigenous Land and Health

    The destruction of Indigenous health, land, and dignity is exemplified through the Athabasca oil sands operations. The operations first received backing when false headlines ran in the national press, masking the difficulties of extracting this form of bitumen and the environmental repercussions that would follow. Water quality testing of the Athabasca River was non-existent for 45 years, as the Canadian government displayed no earnestness for the protection of Indigenous health. The water quality of the river continues to be damaged by tailing ponds, allowing trace metals to bio accumulate in the regions’ fauna. These contaminants are causing deformations among the fish of the region, jeopardizing the subsistence diets of the neighboring Indigenous communities. Continuous damage to the Athabasca region infringes on Treaty 8, as hunting, fishing, and trapping rights are only significant if such resources are not being damaged by external forces. By focusing on unity and sustainable living, Indigenous communities will have the force to battle environmental degradation.

  3. There’s no place like Home
    By: Chaz McIntyre

    The achievement of this paper is to highlight how historical events, environmental concerns and complete disregard for treaties have provided a substantial amount of evidence to illustrate why the construction of the Dakota pipeline should not take place. This will be done by using academic sources that will not only illustrate the current situation occurring in Dakota, but will also highlight the cultural significance of this protest for the indigenous community.

  4. A Second Salvation?
    Achieving a More Just and Sustainable World in Cooperation With First People’s
    by Aiden H.R.
    Abstract:Aboriginals have always had a conflicting view with mainstream western thinking regarding land ownership, the place of humans in nature and how we should treat the environment. This paper argues that non-aboriginals should listen more to this opposing view. More precisely, it argues that non-indigenous people should join indigenous social movements, support their quest for true self-governance and aid them in their fight to reclaim long lost land rights in the face of potentially catastrophic climate change. This is supported by my own arguments as well as by various scholarly articles and books. Although these arguments could be used wherever indigenous people live around the globe, this paper focuses on North America with a particular focus on Canada. Despite this, one source used originates from Australia as some of its concepts can be applied universally across different indigenous peoples.

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