Unit 2 – Our Developing Nation: Why did Canadian Confederation happen? If you were alive during this time, would you have supported confederation?

Things would not be what it is today if it was not for Canadian Confederation.  The CPR might not have been continued, western provinces in Canada might not have been part of Canada. There is just way too many factors that could have become reality, but why else might have been the reasons why the leaders in Canada at the time came up with the decision to join the colonies into one country?

Resources was somewhat of a concern back in the 1800’s. As a result of this, they decided to expand westward for more available resources as well as further lengthening the CPR. If you were to be a colonist at this time, this must have looked like a no-brainer. More resources and more land? Who could say no to that? On top of that, the railroad allowed for even easier transportation of those said resources. However, an Aboriginal person would think otherwise. The amount of land cleared for the CPR must have been brutal for a First Nations person to glance at. The government also did not notify the First Nations about this plan, making matters a lot worse than it should be.

Above: Route of the railway for the CPR, spanning from New York to Vancouver. 


Culture was also something Canadian Confederation introduced. English would proceed to become one of Canada’s main language as well as having parliaments as the place of the head of government. For a colonist, they would not be that surprised about this, as back in England, culture would more or less the same. Many French Canadians would not be satisfied about this though. The fact that the English would be taking up most of Canada might have been frustrating for French Canadians as though the Canadian Confederation buried French Canadian culture. Especially because French people settled in Canada before English people, there must have been a lot of complaints towards the government. A First Nation must have also been just as, if not, more offended about this situation than a French Canadian. As well as having their culture change, the First Nations were actually the first people to ever inhabit Canada. The First Nations must have felt disrespected to not keep land that they had way before Europeans arrived.

Overall, I think that a colonist would have 100% supported the idea of Canadian Confederation and having a united nation. Some French Canadians might have had neutral opinions about Canadian Confederation, but there must have been a number of French Canadians who were very dissatisfied about having the English as the head of the government. First Nations would have felt disappointed to have their land taken by the colonists and to have their culture change from something they have practiced for hundreds of thousands of years to something completely alien to them.

Reference List

Canadian Encyclopedia. (2014). Confederation. Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/confederation/

Parliament of Canada. (2014). Confederation. Retrieved from http://www.parl.gc.ca/about/parliament/education/ourcountryourparliament/html_booklet/confederation-e.html

Library and Archives Canada. (2014). How Canada was formed. Retrieved from http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/confederation/kids/023002-1000-e.html


Unit 1 – Geography Unit: How Does Our Geography Help Define Who We Are As Canadians?

Canada is one of the largest countries in the world, yet has the lowest population as well, having a 0.04% chance of actually living here! The geography of this large country may also define who we are as Canadians. As Canadians, or “westerners,” we all look fairly healthy compared to many third world countries, and the only thing killing us in Canada would either be cancer, obesity, or any killing. This is because the climate here is mild, where much diseases are not present, compared to countries in the tropics (Make Wealth History, 2014, paragraph 1).

People who are from different countries will most likely associate Canada with hockey. Hockey is one of Canada’s national sports, as well as it originating here. This is because we are very far north, which means the temperature is much lower, most notably in the winter. Provided we have many bodies of water, the great lakes being the most obvious, these lakes will freeze over, essentially creating a public ice rink. Some people also spray an area with water and skate on that when it freezes. Speaking of water, did you know Canada has over 2 Million lakes, making up 7% of the land (YourCanada, Geography, 2014, paragraph 2)? As a result of this, I would not be surprised if someone were to want to build a lakeside house, where it is peaceful and quiet. People who have lived in peaceful and quiet residents must be very relaxed and kind, which is why most Canadians aren’t known for being very disruptive and threatening. Another reason is our friendliness, as there are many stereotypes about Canadians being polite and, of course, saying sorry even if it is not that person’s fault. I think this is the case because of our low population as well. Since there is not as much people, neighbourhoods can be quite small, which might result in people eventually taking time to talk with everyone around them, becoming very comfortable around them. I guess they got used to talking with strangers and getting to know them, hence our friendliness!

The geography would also determine where you want to live and  what job you would want to take. If you would happen to live in Northern Canada, it would most likely be the case because the job you or your parents are taking can be possible even in such cold weather. If you live in Southern Canada, the temperature is nice and warm compared to Northern Canada. The only drawback is how there are lots of factories in Southern Canada since it is more urbanized. Along with many more pollutants coming up from United States, this would be a big problem for some people who do not tolerate this kind of environment (How Does Geography Impact Where We Live in Canada, 2014).While there are many more reasons why Canada’s geography helps define who we are, you can, for sure, know that these examples are definitely not bad impressions, which is why I think we should be proud of who we are and where we live!


Above: City of Vancouver, B.C.

Reference List

Geographical Factors That Affect Development. (2014). Retrieved from http://makewealthhistory.org/2007/07/01/geographical-factors-that-affect-development/

Geography. (2014). Retrieved from http://yourcanada.ca/geography/

How Does Geography Impact Where People Live in Canada?(2014). Retrieved from http://6sutherland.weebly.com/sutherlands-class-blog/eq-1-how-does-geography-impact-where-people-live-in-canada


What Does it Mean to Become a Critical Thinker?

A critical thinker is someone who has the ability to give a clear and clean answer. Although not everyone are very effective critical thinkers, there are ways to improve this.

One thing you can do to become a good critical thinker is to read through and analyze proverbs, or famous quotes. What this does is it makes you think about the true meaning of that particular sentence(s). Another trait you need to need to have to become a critical thinker is to think “outside the box.” What that means is that you must not think the obvious to find out an answer. This is essential for finding meanings of many questions or quotes. Finally, you want to be accurate and precise with your answer, otherwise, it will just sound like nonsense and no one will get the answer.

If you are able to improve upon these traits I mentioned above, you will definitely become a great critical thinker!


Thinking Monkey

To learn more about this topic, check out the following links!

Defining Critical Thinking. (2014). Retrieved from https://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766

Elkins, J. The Critical Thinking Movement: Alternating Currents in One Teacher’s Thinking. (2014). Retrieved from http://myweb.wvnet.edu/~jelkins/critproj/overview.html

Kurland, D. What is Critical Thinking? (2014). Retrieved from http://myweb.wvnet.edu/~jelkins/critproj/overview.html


All About Me

My name is Nick Agpalo and I am in grade 10, currently attending Johnston Heights Secondary.

My hobbies include playing ultimate, baseball, biking, and playing games. Ultimate is similar to football, except you use a frisbee rather than a football. I also go traveling a lot with my family, going to places such as Philippines, Hawaii, and various cities in USA. Some of my favourite foods include pizza, spaghetti, and sushi. When I grow up, I would plan on either getting into dentistry or computer sciences, both completely different fields! I am currently in band, playing the french horn. Some of my favourite movies would include Avengers, Pulp Fiction, and the Matrix, as well as the odd Disney or Pixar movie.

Thanks for taking a few seconds of your time to read this!