At the heart of the social studies program are the concepts of citizenship and identity in the Canadian context. This course will promote a sense of belonging and acceptance in students as they engage in active and responsible citizenship. It explores multiple perspectives, including Aboriginal and Francophone, which contribute to Canada's identity. It focuses on Canadian and Alberta history where students will examine how the ways of life of peoples in Canada are integral to Canadian culture and identity. Democracy will be explored using the Iroquois Confederacy as a model. Students will also explore the geographic vastness of Canada and the relationships between the land, places, and people. They will gain the skills required to interpret maps. They will reflect upon the stories of diverse Aboriginal, French, British, and immigrant experiences in Canada. Students will also explore Canada's multi-cultural heritage while developing research skills.