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Essential questions are the "big ideas" that are used
to engage students and reflect the core or the essence of the topic
being studied. Included are essential questions pertaining to each
theme area, as well as questions that relate to exploring the whole
Mavericks site. These questions can provide many possible
ideas as to how students can examine Alberta history.
Questions specific to Ranching
- Has ranching changed for the better since the 1880s?
- How did the arrival of ranching in Alberta affect the First
- What impact did early Alberta ranchers have on the culture of
- Is it possible for humans to actually own land?
- Who should own land and its resources? How should we decide
how the resources should be used?
- How has the idea of owning land and placing fences around it
changed our landscape and how we use the land?
- How did the ranchers' notion of "the land" compare
with the First Nations conception?
- Why was "the land" so important to the development
- How has Alberta's landscape and climate affected our lifestyle
- What is the balance between preserving nature and continued
- What is the story or perspective of "the land" itself?
How would it ask for us to treat it?
- How can humans avoid conflicts between cultures or nations?
- Why do people move onto and take away other people's lands?
- Is there ever a proper reason to take away or settle on other
- How did Western Canadian settlement affect First Nations peoples?
- How should the Canadian Federal Government deal with First Nations
land claim settlements?
- How do humans beings and their environments influence each other?
General questions that apply throughout