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Conference presentation entitled "Exceeding government expectations for Canadian Social Studies" in which we seek to answer the question, "What is the purpose of Social Studies?"

Warning: Graphic content
This video contains one photo specifically chosen to illicit a strong response. The Indigenous men are clothed. They are wearing traditional clothing made from a small piece of tree bark or animal skin and worn to cover their private region.  The women are topless. Similar type of photos are common in magazine such as National Georgaphic which are available in school libraries. Viewer discretion is advised.

The conference presentation is intended for an adult audience. Such a photo is not included in the Junior Think Tank Academy program for middle school/junior high school students.

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Education for sustainable democracy