Choose one of the below essay questions for your paper.
1. Craft an argument and discuss the following drawing from evidence: What role has geography played in shaping the regional and national identities of Canadians?
2. Bone’s regional scheme relies heavily on the core/periphery model. Craft and argument and discuss alternative perspectives on Canada that might reveal different aspects of the nations’ character.
3. Craft and argument that reflects the relationship between a core and periphery within one region of Canada, while considering the areas current and future economic potential and environmental sustainability. For example, you may choose to focus on the relationship between the periphery of Northern Ontario and the industrial/political core of Ontario. Incorporate within your discussion key characteristics of the province’s physiographic subregions (including physical, climatic, resources, economic), changing economic status, and major environmental challenges and their solutions.
4. Drawing from the discussion of Camp Ipperwash and Caledonia (Ontario) in Bone (2014) and the film Together we Stand Firm (Quebec) discuss the complexity and contentious nature of the struggle over land ownership, and access and control of natural resources. Consider the perspectives offered in the film in addition to the discussions from Bone (2014) to develop an argument that provides insight on what you see as the key issues (whether economic, social, political, environmental or cultural). In doing so, consider whether you agree with the government’s approach to negotiating with indigenous communities. You may choose to also discuss other case examples for comparative analysis.
5. Drawing from the video To the Last Drop: Canada’s Dirty Oil Sands and the discussion on the Oil/Tar Sands and pipeline development (e.g. Northern Gateway, Trans Mountain, Keystone XL) in Bone (2014), reflect critically on this issue and develop an argument that provides insight to the key issues (economic, social, political, environmental or cultural) connected to oil development within Alberta and Canada more broadly. Consider the complexity and contentious nature of the struggle over land ownership, and access and control of natural resources.
6. Drawing from the video Wasting Away and content from Bone (2014) form an argument identifying the key issues for food security in the Canadian North, including the vulnerabilities people face and possible solutions to the problem. You may choose to also discuss another region/area of Canada for comparative analysis. Consider the following in your discussion: geography (physical landscape, climate, location), climate change, economic structure (including opportunities and challenges, and megaprojects), demographics, government structure, aboriginal economy, country food, traditional ecological knowledge, and transportation.