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Historical tug of war: The ever-changing narrative of the lost Franklin expedition - North

Historical tug of war: The ever-changing narrative of the lost Franklin expedition - North | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
It turns out, how the Franklin history is told is almost as rich and strange as the story itself, say experts.
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History leaves important legacies and the way that we tell it says a lot about who we are. Here's a really interesting look at a piece of Canadian history, or is Inuit, or maybe British, or all three together. It's hard to say...
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History leaves important legacies and the way that we tell it says a lot about who we are. Here's a really interesting look at a piece of Canadian history, or is Inuit, or maybe British, or all three together. It's hard to say... 
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History leaves important legacies and the way that we tell it says a lot about who we are. Here's a really interesting look at a piece of Canadian history, or is Inuit, or maybe British, or all three together. It's hard to say...
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History leaves important legacies and the way that we tell it says a lot about who we are. Here's a really interesting look at a piece of Canadian history, or is Inuit, or maybe British, or all three together. It's hard to say...
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'No dress rehearsal, this is our life:' Gord Downie and the Canadian conversation - Macleans.ca

'No dress rehearsal, this is our life:' Gord Downie and the Canadian conversation - Macleans.ca | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Opinion: Downie’s career was that of an amateur historian. He knew history as more than names and dates; for him, it was a conversation.
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This articles captures a lot. The attempts to define Canadian identity; the failure to do so; the need for a conversation; the writing process; and much more. Gord Downie attempted to capture much in his lyrics, and this is worth reading.
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‘We are with you Catalunya’ – the revolt in Spain is bigger than flags and language

‘We are with you Catalunya’ – the revolt in Spain is bigger than flags and language | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Two million Catalans braved the threat of a police boot in the face to demand independence. As with Scotland and Greece, this was a modern, cosmopolitan form of nationalism
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One very strong perspective on the events in Catalonia on Sunday. It takes the side of the Catalans and connects it to modern manifestations of nationalism. A good read.
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John Legend on Why the NFL Protests Are Patriotic

John Legend on Why the NFL Protests Are Patriotic | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
They are not some arbitrary statement about a flag.
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What is the definition of patriotism? Over the weekend this word has taken on new meaning with the protest of professional athletes to words of President Trump. This articles captures ones look at the work.
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KING: Why the United States is not the best country in the world

KING: Why the United States is not the best country in the world | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
The Fourth of July is a complicated holiday for African-Americans.
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I found this a very interesting article to read. One that gives a perspective that is not often heard in the standardized sources of culture. It's also interesting because it's a perspective, that with some changes, would likely be echoes by other non-majority groups around the world, including Canada's indigenous population. An excellent read - especially the words of Frederick Douglass.
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Globe editorial: With NAFTA, the environment is not a “social issue”

Globe editorial: With NAFTA, the environment is not a “social issue” | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer complained this week that the Trudeau government is putting the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement at risk by raising non-trade issues related to the environment, Indigenous rights an
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What should be subject to relations between countries? The environment's importance has changed and the question now is how to make it a part of deal making between countries.
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What should be subject to relations between countries? The environment's importance has changed and the question now is how to make it a part of deal making between countries. 
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Afghanistan: Endless War

Afghanistan: Endless War | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
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For almost 16 years United States and other allied troops have been involved in fighting in Afghanistan. Last month President Trump announced plans to expand the US presence. This article provides a brief and concise overview of the whys and wherefores of the war there. A war that shows little signs of concluding any time soon.
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Mapping Africa's natural resources

Mapping Africa's natural resources | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
An overview of the continent's main natural resources.
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The gathering of natural resources is one of the key factors in determining a nation's wealth. Africa has some of the largest deposits of untouched natural resources. This has, in many cases, helped to encourage the violent nature of many of the confrontations in Africa.
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The case for a small, skilled fighting force - Macleans.ca

The case for a small, skilled fighting force - Macleans.ca | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
In this week's defence policy review, the Liberals showed a nuanced understanding of Canada's greatest military strength

Via Watsons World
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The military is the single most powerful physical tool that can be used to project a nation's interests and desires. What do you do when you are, at best, a mid-sized country, your neighbour is the world's greatest superpower, but you still want to have a voice in the world.
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Why do Australians have a problem with Canadians in their parliament? - Macleans.ca

Why do Australians have a problem with Canadians in their parliament? - Macleans.ca | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
It's all about fear of 'divided loyalties.' But Canada has no such rule, and we're hardly circling the geopolitical drain.

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This story has been bouncing around Australia for the last couple of months and there have been more recent events, but it's a good demonstration of how some nations define 'national interests.'
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Monuments can provide valuable historical nuances | the big issue

Monuments can provide valuable historical nuances | the big issue | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Without public statuary, we are in danger of losing a vital dialogue with our past
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The debate surrounding statues and commemoration has exploded since the events in Charlottesville last month. History is never dead, it is always being rethought.
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Matthew Fisher: PQ's controversial Charter of Quebec Values echoes European views of religious symbols

Matthew Fisher: PQ's controversial Charter of Quebec Values echoes European views of religious symbols | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Viewed from Europe, Pauline Marois’ charter — which forbids public officials from wearing religious headgear — does not seem quite so extraordinary
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A number of years ago, this debate raged in Quebec. It still echoes in the present.
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Yet another perspective on the debate raging in Quebec.

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Whither nationalism?

Whither nationalism? | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
JAN PIETRZAK has just one demand. He’s not fussy about the design of the centennial arch with which he wants to mark the Polish victory over the Bolshevik armies in 1920. But he does insist that it must be taller than the 237-metre (778-foot) Palace of Culture and Science, given to the Polish nation by Stalin.
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An excellent, through and well-thought out piece on nationalism. Modern nationalism linked to the legacy of the Enlightenment. Well worth the read.
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Ottawa needn’t fear Catalonia vote will rekindle sovereigntist fervour in Quebec: Hébert | Toronto Star

Ottawa needn’t fear Catalonia vote will rekindle sovereigntist fervour in Quebec: Hébert | Toronto Star | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
The historical and political contexts may be different, but some of the fundamental conditions that have led to the deep political crisis that has overtaken Spain are also prevalent in this country, Chantal Hébert writes.
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Important connections between events in Catalonia and much closer to home.
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Spanish police to take over Catalan polling stations to thwart independence vote

Spanish police to take over Catalan polling stations to thwart independence vote | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Spain's government said on Tuesday police would take control of voting booths in Catalonia to help thwart the region's planned independence referendum that Madrid has declared illegal.
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This has, admittedly, been little talked about, but this is a huge story developing in Spain. The Catalans are very serious about trying to assert their independence and the Spanish government seems equally determined not to let them. This will have interesting repercussions. 
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Pardon my French: Quebec eases up on dozens of English terms

Pardon my French: Quebec eases up on dozens of English terms | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
The changes have sparked controversy, not surprising given that debates over language and identity have dominated the province for decades
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This is what linguistic nationalism can look like. Quebec's battle with English is long standing and continues, but it is changing. As someone who speaks French I find some of the differences amusing, like when I was in Paris this year and used the Quebec term for email. Interesting reaction...
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We met 27 people who claim to be the rulers of their own countries

We met 27 people who claim to be the rulers of their own countries | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Molossia. Slobovia. The Aerican Empire. If you don’t remember any of these countries from geography class, you’re not alone. They are all “micronations,” self-declared sovereign states not formally recognized by any official authority (other than each other). This summer, representatives from 27 of these would-be fiefdoms gathered for a […]
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This is not exactly the article I was looking for, but this one is interesting enough. It's really a five minute video about the 'rulers' of micronations.
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DYER: An old American tradition - Merritt Herald

DYER: An old American tradition - Merritt Herald | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
It’s not just Donald Trump. The United States has a long record of negotiating international agreements and then running away from them. The rest of the world has an equally long record of heaving a sigh of regret, telling the Americans it will be happy to have them back when they get over it, and …
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Why do nations participate in international agreements? Why do they then abandon them? The United States is an interesting case study especially with respect to the Paris Climate Accord.
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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, September 2, 2017 10:36 PM
Why do nations participate in international agreements? Why do they then abandon them? The United States is an interesting case study especially with respect to the Paris Climate Accord.
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What is the Gibraltar Dispute?

What is the Gibraltar Dispute? | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
POLITICS Why have tensions risen over Gibraltar and why is it important? (BBC) Customize your own map of this disputed territory here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today's simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas The tiny territory (6.5 kilometers, or 2.5 square miles) of Gibraltar is suddenly dominating world…

Via Kristen McDaniel
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Centuries ago, Gibraltar was fought over by the Empires of Spain and England. It still remains a bone of contention between the remnants of these Empires. Why? This is a good look at the interests that are driving that contention.
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Nat Geo offers a lesson on the Gibraltar dispute
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How Canada can restore order to its immigration system - Macleans.ca

How Canada can restore order to its immigration system - Macleans.ca | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Opinion: Amid a new influx of migrants, there are ways for the Trudeau government to show that it has a handle on Canada's asylum system
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There are more people migrating in the world today than at any time in the past (although as a percentage bases it is still well below the aftermath of the Second World War). There are numerous factors which both push and pull people from one location to another. Canada is seen as a blue-chip destination for many. The question of how to treat migrants who come from such varied backgrounds. Canada hospitality will be sorely tested in the years to come. Here's a look at some ways to potentially resolve the issue.
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An epic quest to find the soul of a country at 150

An epic quest to find the soul of a country at 150 | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Allen Abel spent weeks criss-crossing the land—meeting hunters, nuns and one John A MacDonald—to find the true meaning of this vast country.
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Canada is such an immense and diverse country. Is it possible to figure out what we are? One journalist gave it an interesting attempt.
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Are global ambitions driving Xi’s approach to Korea? No, it’s about keeping the party on top | Steve Tsang

Are global ambitions driving Xi’s approach to Korea? No, it’s about keeping the party on top | Steve Tsang | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Beijing is not yet seeking to usurp the US in the area, but is acting to preserve the standing of the ruling elite
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The situation over North Korea remains difficult to understand. This article attempts to shed some light on the issue by looking at it through the lens of internal politics. An interesting argument for why China chooses to pursue a particular course of action.
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9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask | Social Studies 20-1 | Scoop.it
Yes, the first question is
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This begins to explain some of the issues and does a good job, in order to cover everything would require far more than this article's space.
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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, September 7, 2013 1:08 PM

This begins to explain some of the issues and does a good job, in order to cover everything would require far more than this article's space.