The Individual in Canadian Society


Goal: To examine the local, indigenous, and global interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies, cultures, and nations. (IN)



  • IN8.1 Investigate the meaning of culture and the origins of Canadian cultural diversity.
  • IN8.2 Appraise the influence of immigration as a factor in Canadian cultural diversity.



Goal: To analyze the dynamic relationships of people with land, environments, events, and ideas as they have affected the past, shape the present, and influence the future. (DR)


  • DR8.1 Develop an understanding of the significance of land on the evolution of Canadian identity.
  1. Brainstorm for ideas about what our Canadian identity is.
  2. Search for ideas using the 6 frame titled: My Canadian Identity
  3. Make a short (6-10 picture photo story to present to the class using ideas from the 6 frame and class brainstorm session. Students will use animoto.com for photo story because it does not allow for much text and it is quick and easy. This activity is to set frame of reference only and should not take much time.
  4. Present the animoto stories to the class.
  5. Brainstorm for some ideas about land and why it is important to our identity. Do small group activity.Grade 8 Social Studiescanadiansongs.docx
  • DR8.2 Describe the influence of the treaty relationship on Canadian identity.
  • DR8.3 Assess how historical events in Canada have affected the present Canadian identity.



Goal: To investigate the processes and structures of power and authority, and the implications for individuals, communities, and nations. (PA)


  • PA8.1 Contemplate the implications of Canadian citizenship on the life of Canadians.
  • PA8.2 Examine the role of power and authority in the application of diverse decision-making processes in a variety of contexts.
  • PA8.3 Present the evolution of a piece of legislation, from its first conception to its implementation.
  • PA8.4 Assess the impact of citizens’ willingness and ability to actively engage in the Canadian political processes.



Goal: To examine various worldviews about the use and distribution of resources and wealth in relation to the needs of individuals, communities, nations, and the natural environment and contribute to sustainable development. (RW)


  • RW8.1 Analyze the social and environmental consequences of living in the Canadian mixed market economy based on consumerism.
  • RW8.2 Assess the implications of personal consumer choices.
  • RW8.3 Critique the approaches of Canada and Canadians to environmental stewardship and sustainability.