Should I Bother?

After learning about the horrible experiences these children have dealt with, I personally can not say that I can relate to any of the things these children have gone through. It really shocked me to see what some people in the world have to go through in their every day lives. I have noticed that we in Canada have really taken what we have for granted and don’t have to worry about going through the terrible experiences that these people go through. Some children in Africa have to go through devastating times, harsh living conditions and struggles. I find it unfair that people have the nerve to treat some people with such disrespect because no one deserves to live how these people did. It hurt me to watch these children as young as 4 were taken from there homes or sold by their parents to make money. They were forced to work in harsh conditions with very little pay, or forced to join the army. The wars and abductions by the rebels caused for a life in fear with no where safe to go, no bed to sleep in and no family. The rebels and army forced children out of their homes, the children were punished by being killed, tortured or starved.  Young girls were also taken advantage of, many people are mentally ill and the rebels would brainwash the children to train them to kill. Yes, as Canadians we could make a difference in this world anyone can make a difference. One way Canadians can make a difference is by providing foreign aid including supplies, food, water and warmth, also volunteers could be sent over to help. People around the world could individually make people aware of what’s going on in Africa so more people could donate or volunteer to help this cause. In the past there was many people who helped make a difference with problems they thought were wrong in the world for example Mother Teresa who started a girls school and donated to the poor. Another example is Nelson Mandela who joined National African Congress to help against black minority, he became first black head of state. An organization that bothers to make a difference is Canadian Humanitarian Organization, the volunteers accept donations, sponsor children in Africa and send people over to help the people in need, they want to make a difference in the world by helping the people in need. It is worth is because they are doing a good thing by supporting the people in need make them have a better life. After researching about how these people have been treated it made me realize that people should do something to help them, as human rights abuse becomes more of a problem there are groups and individuals that take time out of their day to do something to help to people in need because they know no one should be treated how these people are.

Legacies Regarding Indigenous People in Canada

Yes, I do believe that the contemporary society does have ethical responsibilities regarding the indigenous people in Canada. I believe that Canada should be partially responsible for these legacies of globalization left behind. The Canadian government did many injustices towards the indigenous people, such as inforce the Indian Act, which forbidden them from practicing their own cultures and traditions. The indigenous people were also forced to give up their lands and were sent to reserves, the Aboriginal children were sent to residential schools where they were abused and taken from their home. These schools forced the indigenous peoples to assimilate into the European ways. This treatment caused depopulation of the first Nation people, also did the European diseases brought over to Canada.  In the past Canada treated the First Nations with extreme disrespect and demonstrated Eurocentrism towards their culture. Canada was at fault for these actions, this is way Canada is partially responsible for the historical legacies regarding the indigenous. In my opinion the actions done by Canada to redress the past has met the level of responsibility needed, such as government compensation, for example $2 billion towards former residential school students. This compensation was given to 80,000 people, there were also specifications for these payments. Also formal apologies were given by Stephen Harper, and the Catholic Church also apologized for the abuse at the residential schools. There was also commissions and documents established to reinforce relationships between the Crown and the First Nations peoples and makes equal/fair ways with the crown. What has been done to apologize for the past does meet the level of responsibility that was needed. I believe that this is the only way for Canada to try and fix the mistakes made in the past, but nothing can change what happen in the past. We can not change what our ancestors did towards the indigenous people but the responsibility that the government has taken to apologize is the best way to makes amends with the First Nations people.

Rwanda Genocide

The Rwanda Genocide was truly a horrific time for the citizens living in this country, especially the Tutsi people. Te Tutsi were killed off by the Hutu people. At this time only abut 10% of the population was Tutsi and the rest was either Hutu or Twa. At first the Tutsi were put in roles of leadership and government because they had more European qualities. The Hutu people ended up killing the president of Rwanda and decide to kill off the Tutsi people to show them how they were treated. The people in Rwanda was identification cards to classify if they were a Tutsi or Hutu, the Hutu extremists would check these cards and kill all the Tutsi. The Hutu people killed and tortured over 1 million people during this time. The genocide lasted from April 6th 1994 to July 1994. Most of the killing were done with machetes or with hand weapons since bullets and guns were to expensive. After the Hutu killed them they left their corpses where they died because they weren’t allowed to be buried. The Belgian peacekeepers tried to help but were killed off in the process so they ended up withdrawing there troops. Finally ended when a RPF group took over the country, these people were military trained group of Tutsi people. Some legacies of historical globalization that fueled the Rwanda Genocide was Imperialism and Eurocentrism. These two things fueled the genocide because the Belgians took over Rwanda, before the Belgians showed up the two groups were at peace they married between groups and traded, but then they put the Tutsi people in higher roles because they had more European qualities unlike the Hutu people, this also showed Eurocentrism because they had put the Tutsi in a higher class because they believed they were more European because of there body shape, color and nose shape. This is Eurocentric because the Europeans believed they were superior, they left they more European groups were given responsibilities. The Hutu people did not think this treatment was fair so they resorted to killing the Tutsi people to show how they felt towards being treated badly before. It makes me extremely upset that the world just sat back, and watched this genocide happen. The world should have reacted differently, they should have done something to make it stop so not as many people would have been killed and tortured.

Historical Globalization in Ecuador

Before colonization Ecuador formed part of the Inca Empire. Ecuador was colonized in September of 1531, Spanish was Ecuador’s colonizing powers. After colonization Ecuador became independent in 1822 after the Spanish Royalist was defeated by Antonio Jose Surre in the Battle of Pinchincha. since Ecuador was colonized by the Spanish, 93% of the population speaks Spanish, because the Spanish are the ones who colonized this country.

The color of the flag links to the colonization because it is the same colors as Colombia’s and Venezuela’s flag, who were also colonized after the war in 1882. These three countries to make a confederation but they decide to part ways in 1830. Contains the three main colors of the banner of Gran Columbia, the South American republic.The flag had three horizontal bands, colored, yellow which represents sunshine, mineral weath and grain. Blue which represents the sky, sea and rivers. Also red which represents blood of patriots spilled in the stuggle for freedom and justice. In the center of Ecuador’s flag there is a coat of arms.The colors of the flags are yellow, blue and red, after these countries parted ways they kept the same flag. In Ecuador the type of government is a presidential  republic. In Ecuador 14 Indigenous are extinct yet there are still 7 groups of Indigenous group in the country. In Canada the population is 4% indigenous, which is a low percentage compared to the 7% of indigenous population in Ecuador. High poverty and income inequality mostly affect the Ingenious groups. There are special agreements and privileges given to the Indigenous, . In Ecuador there is three main regional languages: Andrean Spanish, Amazonic Spanish and equatorial Pacific Spanish, Even though the Spanish language has the majority of the population making it Ecuador’s official language, there are other languages spoken here for example Quecha 4.1%, Foreign languages 2.2% and indigenous languages at .7%. The three foreign languages that are most spoken here are Chinese and English. 10 languages in Ecuador are dying, one of these languages are Zapara. The main religion in Ecuador is Roman Cathlic which 74% of the population follow.  Ecuador is dependent on there petroleum resources, which has accounted for more ten half of the country’s export earnings. Other resources that are exported from Ecuador are bananas, cut flowers, shrimp, cocoa and coffee. I have learnt how much banana works get paid and it is a very low salary, has harsh working conditions where they are exposed to harmful chemicals and extreme heat. The sectors of business in Ecuador is agriculture (27.8%), industry (17.8%) and services (54.4%).

The historical globalization process isn’t very similar to any of the ones we have studied, except that in other countries the indigenous people are also treated as lower class then the majority of the population.


1C- Impacts of Digital Technology

I have learned that consumers have not realized the amount of destruction being caused by the production of technology. IN class we discussed E-Waste and Coltan miners, which both negatively impact the world and the producers of the products. In the Democratic Republic of Congo people worked in the mines and as porters to contain cassiterite for circuit boards in technology. The porters had to carry sacks up to 50 kilograms, 40 miles through jungles only making up to 5$ per day, as they would have to fight off people trying to steal the materials. The miners were ruled by gun law and had to crawl around small spaces with no protective gear. These workers also only work for food instead of money. In America and Canada they illegally import E-Waste  to landfills in Africa because it is cheaper. The labourers risk their health to scavenge the valuable materials in the technology such as gold or lead. The waste releases toxin and contaminates the water and soil. In Pakistan there are huge fires around they area from burning waste, the workers come in contact with chemicals without protective equiptment so the majority of workers die at a young age. After learning about the E-Waste and and Coltan miners I have learned that we destruct the world for our technology

1C- Responding To Einstein

In Albert Einsteins quote “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” he predicted that in the future (current time) everyone will be techno-isolated. Techno-isolation is the idea that due to the use of technology, people are becoming more socially separated from others. Some pictures that we viewed showed everyone sitting on their cell phones instead of communicating with the people around them. Technology has influenced globalization because it is making people become less connected to the world around them since they are dependent on their technology. In the world the majority of the population uses technology in their everyday lives for communication, work, and researching. It seems as that most people are unable to function without being able to be on their technology. In social situations, for example going to a restaurant people tend to bring out their cell phones instead of talking without the people around them. Einstein’s prediction on technology was correct, because we are becoming techno-isolated.

1C Cartoon Analysis

The author is demonstrating a perspective on marginalization because that is treating people insignificantly. The author fully rejects this concept because he thinks its wrong for people to be stereotyping people based on what they learn from the media. He believes that is it wrong for people stereo type Indians even though they don’t know who they actually are, they just believe that the Indians are how the media sees them, such ass Pocahontas. The author is trying to send the message to not make assumptions based on how the media sees different groups, and to not treat them insignificantly. Also the author shows that people often stereo type many groups like Indians as what the media sees them as even when it is not true.

My Symbol

In my symbol, I decided to draw three things that represent who I am as a person and what shapes my personality. The largest symbol is the Eagle Butte logo, this is because I spend the majority of my time at school and its also what helps develop my other symbols, because at school is where I am able to embrace who I am. At school I’m able to express my personality through sports. Eagle Butte will also educate me, to shape who I am in the future. My second largest symbol is a basketball, I chose this a number two because basketball is something I enjoy and excel at. During the year I end up playing basketball for nine months out of the year. Playing basketball has helped me express myself and has shaped me as an individual. Basketball is my favourite sport because I am a very competitive person and in basketball you are expected to try and be competitive. For my last symbol I put running shoes, I just started running cross country this year but I enjoy it very much. At first I only wanted to run for basketball but I ended up really enjoying it. Running helps me relieve stress and helps me focus. I have already gotten stronger as a runner since September but I will continue to run so I can succeed. All three of the symbols are part of my life and are all factors in shaping my identity.

Languages of Ecuador

The official language of Ecuador is Spanish. In Ecuador there is three main regional Spanish languages, these are Andean Spanish, Amazonic Spanish and Equatorial Pacific Spanish. In Ecuador the most spoken foreign languages in Ecuador are Chinese and English. The ten most spoken languages in Ecuador besides Spanish is Achuar, Shiwiar, Awa- cuaiquer, Cofain, Shuar, Colorado, Cha’ Palaachi, Embera, Secoya, Siona, and media languages. There are 21 indigenous languages in Ecuador. There are two languages that have gone extinct, they are Andoa and Tetete. There are ten endangered languages in Ecuador including Zapara, Awapit and Sia Pedee. In Ecuador the are over 65,000 people who speak English. They are teaching some endangered languages in Ecuadorian school to help preserve the languages.

The World in 25 People: I Am Ecuador

After researching about Ecuador, I learnt several things I didn’t know about this country. Some interesting things I learnt is that 93% of the population speaks Spanish which is the official language. The population of Ecuador is 16,290,913, 64.2% of this number lives in urban settings and the rest of the population lives in rural settings. 74% of the population follows the Roman Catholic religion, and 10.4% is Evangelical religion. In Ecuador the life expectancy at birth is 76.8 years in comparison to the world is 83 years. 4.9% of the governments budget goes towards education, females go to school for 16 and males for 15 years. In Canada the school life expectancy for males is 16 years and females for 15 years. Even with 4.9 of the governments budget goes to education 95.4% of males and 93.3% of females have high literacy. In Ecuador the unemployment rate for youth ages 15-24 is 10.4%. The top export list in Ecuador is petroleum, bananas, cocoa, cut flowers, coffee and shrimp. The labour force by occupation is mostly spread between agriculture with 27.8%, industry with 17.8% and services with 54.4%. I learnt many more facts about this country but these are the ones I found most informative and interesting.