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PART 1: The Classroom Issue Referendum
PART 2: The Community Meeting
PART 3: Writing the Newspaper
PART 4: The Class Newfoundland Referendum
PART 5: Creating the Class Timeline Display
PART 6: Closure

Extension Activities

  • One person, Joseph Smallwood, was a very important reason for Newfoundlanders choosing to vote in favour of Confederation. Write a short biography of "Joey." Consult reference books in your school or community library.

  • Find out more about the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador - songs, language, stories, food, heroes of the past. Present your findings in an appropriate way - in story or in song.

  • Write a radio commercial or video script promoting tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Make a list of five Newfoundland expressions that are rarely used anywhere else.

  • Joseph Smallwood created an Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. Create your own version with at least three entries containing special information about Canada's tenth province, past and present.

  • Prepare a bulletin board display about Newfoundland and Labrador's history.

  • Do some research about other referendum issues and votes in Canada's history. Examples include:

    • conscription into the armed forces; all of Canada, 1942
    • separation from Canada; Quebec, 1980
    • the Charlottetown Accord; all of Canada, 1992

    Use newspapers, magazines, history texts and other reference materials. Share your findings with the class.

  • Prepare a report in oral, written or pictorial form about the Labrador Innu in the 1990s. Look for stories about Davis Inlet.

  • Research the background to the land claims settlement (1999) between the Labrador Inuit and the provincial and federal governments.

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