Students will analyze the following pieces of information and sort them in one of the four ways to take civic action.
Join a national protest
Individuals gave up several days to travel by train from Vancouver to Ottawa to protest on Parliament Hill.
Individuals donated money to cover the $90,000 cost of renting two trains to bring protesters from Vancouver to Ottawa.
At stops along the way, people brought food and gifts for the train passengers to help them on their journey.
The Mayor of Ottawa personally welcomed protestors who arrived by train.
Step up as a leader
George Manuel, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, came up with the idea of the “Constitution Express” train.
Bring leaders together
Hundreds of chiefs and elders from all provinces and territories (except Alberta) held the first All Canada Chiefs Assembly so they could work together on constitutional issues.
Create a way for people to take part
The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs rented two trains to bring groups of protesters from Vancouver to Ottawa.
Set up an action committee
The Inuit Committee on National Issues was created to present Inuit views on Canada’s Constitution.
First Nations groups arranged marches on Parliament Hill and at provincial legislatures.
Create a new national organization
The National Indian Brotherhood changed the way it was organized and became the Assembly of First Nations.
First Nations activists organized a campaign to educate the public about Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.
Take it to the world
First Nations leaders travelled to Britain, Europe and the United Nations to tell an international audience about their cause.
Make it visible
About 1, 000 First Nations protesters attracted attention by travelling from Vancouver to Ottawa aboard a train they called the “Constitution Express.”
Talk to the media
When the “Constitution Express” train arrived in Ottawa, First Nations activists spoke with journalists who spread the word about Aboriginal rights.
Build community awareness
The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs organized workshops across the province to educate First Nations communities about rights and treaty issues.
Lobby British lawmakers
Over 200 First Nations Chiefs travelled to England to meet British parliamentarians and convince them that Aboriginal rights needed to be protected.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups made many formal written and verbal presentations to the Canadian parliamentary committee that was working on the Constitution.
Meet with the Governor General
On behalf of the National Indian Brotherhood, National Chief Noel Starblanket met with the Governor General of Canada.
Petition the Queen
First Nations Chiefs took a petition to Queen Elizabeth (as head of state) to ask her and the British government to delay patriating the Constitution.
Discuss with Canadian decision makers
First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders met with politicians and government officials at all levels to express their concerns about the wording of the Constitution.
Work with elected representatives
Aboriginal activists asked Peter Ittinuar, the only Inuk member of Parliament, to arrange meetings with key decision makers on Parliament Hill.