Reaction Paper 1

Submitted By jy11fx
Words: 546
Pages: 3

The article written by Bob Fisher, “A Canadian First Nations Sense of Place”, introduces the story behind the economic and historical values the Siksika Nation brought into the Blackfoot Historical Crossing Heritage Park, which is of prodigious prominence to the twenty-first century Canada. The representation lead by Fisher explains the struggle that the Siksika nation endured in order to reclaim their land, which was seized. The land was theirs once again, with a commencement bestowed to them. Canada’s attempt to preserve the artifacts from the territory of the Siksika is secured in the Interpretive Center, to this day, commemorating the embodiment of timelessness that their nation signified. The focal argument is valid because I too believe both the individual and structural determinants of Aboriginal identity still remains in the Canadian context and their established framework of a content life for them and prospects.
Siksika Nation encompassed diversity amongst groups and interests within varying socio-political, economical, and demographic situations. This article supports the notion of a non-single-minded monolithic entity of their nation and their values, standards, and principle in terms with the Blackfoot government, nomadic lifestyle, and their religious beliefs. I believe that prior to the arrival of the Europeans, this fashioned somewhat of a social order, maintained leadership roles, nurtured shared responsibilities, and allowed individual freedom. In relation to ‘sense of place’ talked about in lecture, the ethnic identity portrayed in this article is an aspect of a person’s social identity that is a part of an individual’s self-conceptualization, in which it derives from a member of Siksika’s knowledge of membership in a social group, together with the value and emotional significance attached to that membership. It would be wrong to presume that their identity comprises of individuals who are not now and may never have been part of a physically identifiable community shaped by a sense of place.
It seemed that the article expressed the Siksika’s identity through symbolic identity, as Fisher explained how Canada’s rich history and heritage has been kept alive. Thus, in a cultural sense, the Siksika and their…