The Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia simulation is geared primarily towards the Grade 11 Canadian History curriculum in Manitoba, but this should not limit its use. Teachers of all subject areas could use the game in mathematics, science, art, physical education, language arts, and any other discipline or combination of multiple disciplines. Life in Red River in the nineteenth century was far more than names, dates, and events. People shared space with and depended upon each other, and were part of complex networks, both socially and part of complex social and economic networks.
Grade 11: Canadian History
The Grade 11 Social Studies in Manitoba curriculum (http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/socstud/ history_gr11/) focuses on five major themes:
- First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples
- French-English Duality
- Identity, Diversity, and Citizenship
- Governance and Economics
- Canada and the World
The LAA stimulation and learning experiences lend themselves naturally to all of these themes and focuses on the following essential questions:
1.3: How did First Peoples and Europeans interact in the Northwest and what were the results?
2.2: How did the fur trade, European settlement, and the rise of the Métis Nation transform life for the peoples of the Northwest?
3.1: Why did the Métis resist the westward expansion of Canada and what were the consequences?
3.3: How did Canada’s relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples change after Confederation?
The stimulation and learning also offers opportunities to develop competencies based on the six Historical Thinking Concepts:
- Establish historical significance
- Use primary source evidence
- Identify continuity and change
- Analyze cause and consequence
- Take historical perspectives
- Understand the ethical dimensions of history
Essential to the Grade 11 History of Canada are the Enduring Understandings.