Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Historical identity history blog #4

Women and pay equity:
This issue was significant to the women all around the world who were not viewed equally compared to men. They were not paid the same and weren't viewed as important. For men this issue wasn't really relevant because they weren't experiencing the poor equality. But for woman, at the time we were not paid the same as men or treated fairly although we did the same work. Even today it is not 100% fair or equal for women. This issue sheds light on the long lasting issue of equality throughout Canada. Whether it is gender, religious, or racial differences there is still problems with everyone being viewed and treated the same. As years have gone on this issue has definitely become less of a problem but hasn't disappeared entirely. Unfortunately I do not think that in the near future this problem will completely disappear. I think it will continue to decrease and by 10 years and 25 years it will become less noticed and less of a problem. I do not think this problem can ever go away 100% because everyone still has their own opinions and no one can be forced to view someone or something in a certain way. Personally I do not think that just because of gender, men have any advantage in life compared to women.

Aboriginals schools and Canada's apology:
 The Aboriginal schools issue was most significant to the aboriginal children and their families but didn’t overly impact anyone else at the time. Only the aboriginal children were put into these boarding schools and once in they were rarely allowed to see their parents, they were severely abused, and forced to adopt christian beliefs and speak English, not their native language. This issue sheds light on the problem of equality and the conflict between Aboriginals and Canadians. The Aboriginals weren't treated the same as the Canadians because they had their own beliefs and spoke a different language. We tried to force them to become. After the apology and money given to the aboriginals in 2008 I do not think this will continue to be a problem with the schools. However I do believe that you can never undo what the children and their families had to go through and that will always be something that they will remember. In 10 years I think this issue will still be remembered and therefore everyone will be a bit more aware of others beliefs and cultures and treating them equally and fairly. Because of Canada’s apology it has showed that we do care about the aboriginals now and although we can undo what has happened we want to try and make it up to them.

Terry Fox run for cancer:
Terry Fox was a man historically significant to Canada, positively shaping Canada’s identity. He was significant to Canada as a whole and helped shape everyone. As he ran across Canada to help find a cure for cancer, he inspired many to reach out and help him and donate. He spread awareness for cancer patients and survivors, him being one of them. Even if you can’t relate to him because you don’t have cancer yourself I am sure you know of someone in your life who has suffered from it or will unfortunately suffer from it in the future.  Cancer is a long lasting issue everywhere and Terry Fox shed light on that issue and trying to find a cure. I believe this event will still be significant in 10 and even in 25 years because cancer will still be a problem for many years and people will still be affected by it negatively. As more people become aware of it and begin to help find a cure hopefully doctors and scientists can find solutions to help people and eventually find a cure.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bethany,
    You've provided two great examples of Historical Significance from Unit 1. Unfortunately Terry Fox's run occurred before the scope of this unit (1989 to present).