In-Depth Post #6

In-Depth is about to reach its climax and I am both nervous and excited to showcase my progress to everyone. However, with everything that’s been going on as of late, both Talons related and not, I’ve found it a little hard to focus on my project. Regardless, I’ve continued to move forward.

As aforementioned, I have been really busy lately. With adventure trips, leadership evaluations, and all our other day-to-day projects and assignments, it’s been a struggle to balance the demands of school with things like a decent amount of sleep and decreasing my screen time. My schedule has also impacted In-Depth, as I haven’t really spoken to my mentor in a while. I need to make sure I check back in with her because she’s helping me accumulate everything I’ve learned so far (poses, different types of restorative yoga for different outcomes, sequences, koshas, physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of a person, etc.).

I’ve continued to work on sequences and develop my yoga, and upon evaluating my progress I’ve decided to make a learning centre for my In-Depth. Being on stage doing various five to ten minute long poses seems like it would be awkward, and I think that having an interactive learning centre where people can walk by, look at some poses I’ll have put up for reference, and possibly join me on some mats and attempt some moves will be more achievable and straightforward.

My plan is to start making my learning centre now, or at least the visual components of it. If I’m going to have people join me, I need extra mats, so I’m going to ask someone from the PE office if I could possibly borrow a few and return them afterwards.

This has all got me thinking about next year, and I now know that I want to choose something I’m already interested in so I’ll have more motivation for next year. Topics are already formulating, and I can’t wait. In the meantime, yoga is going great and I can’t wait for In-Depth Night!

Hamilton – Big Ideas Individual Post

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events

“In New York you can be a new man”


The idea that you could reinvent yourself in the New World prompted many immigrants to leave places where they may not have been able to realize their full potential. This built a society in America that valued merit and hard work, and emerging ideas like the one by Thomas Payne that citizens could have power over themselves just provided more incentive for people from humble beginnings to go to the land of hope and promise: New York.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies

“In squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?

The ten-dollar founding father without a father

Got a lot farther by working a lot harder

By being a lot smarter by being a self-starter”


By moving to New York and working hard to become a scholar and respectable gentleman, Hamilton was able to become a founding father, a feat that gained him considerable power and status. The difference between then and the life he led before he came to America show that even though America values merit over heritage, Hamilton wouldn’t have achieved nearly as much from the Caribbean.

Collective identity is constructed and can change over time

“His enemies destroyed his rep America forgot him”


Hamilton had done a lot to contribute to the winning of the American Revolution and achieving independence for America, yet his enemies were able to “destroy his rep” and America collectively forgot the impact that he had on the war as a founding father. This showed how the identity

The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change

“Another immigrant comin’ up from the bottom”


As an immigrant, Hamilton was able to make a place for himself in society and make significant political and social changes. In America, more opportunities were available to him and he could make a difference with the education he’d been able to receive.

Independent Investigation #1- Canada 1605-1763: The Filles du Roi


Inquiry Question: To what extent did the Filles du Roi positively impact New France and its advancements?

Historical Significance: Outline the focus of your inquiry and provide background knowledge. Why is this an important and significant question to ask about the past? Provide evidence from primary and secondary sources.

The focus of my inquiry is to outline the impact the King’s Daughters, known in French as the Fille du Roi, had on the colonization and development of New France.

The Filles du Roi were an assortment of approximately 800 women sent to New France under the sponsorship of King Louis XIV, the ruler at that time. They were from different areas of Europe and of varying social classes, but they mainly consisted of orphaned or poor French women between the ages of 14 and 59. These women were promised a dowry by the King if they were to wed a New Frenchman, and more money depending on the number of children the marriage produced. This was an extremely effective approach as the population grew significantly between the years of 1663 and 1673, the years in which the program was heavily implemented.



Watercolour by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, 1871-1945. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, Acc. no 1996-371-1


New France needed these women. There’s a reason why Jean Talon proposed this idea, and that King Louis XIV decided to send these women to New France in response to British interest in the northern territories of the New World; to give the French in Canada the chance to grow their numbers and become an independent and self-sufficient settlement. As they were, the French had no chance against England’s formidable forces and sheer numbers.

My question is significant because these women were a turning point for New France. Had they not arrived, colonists would have returned to France due to the little appeal of the harsh and unfamiliar land that Canada once was. The arrival of the Filles du Roi spurned a massive spike in population and gave New France the labour force it needed to become a noteworthy colony in the New World.

The sources I used were all secondary. There was one primary source available, but it was a book that required me to purchase it to access the information. This primary source was the autobiography of Marguerite Bourgeoys, a French saint who was the founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal in New France. She took in and housed the Filles du Roi, and was present for their interactions with the men of the colony. Had I been able to access it, I’m sure it would have been a very useful tool in my inquiry.


Continuity and Change: How are our lives and conditions similar to those found in your research? How have they changed?





The world as a whole is not in need of a solution to population crisis, but the positive influence the Filles du Roi had on New France can relate to a modern-day situation: the wage gap between men and women.

Currently, there is a 22% difference in the pay between full-time working women and full-time working men. It will take an estimated 217 years to close this gap, by which time myself and many other women who would like to see this movement happen will be long gone. It is also stated that it’ll take 100 years for women to get equal access to healthcare and education, as well as representation in politics. The world has come a long way since 1663, but it’s safe to say that there are still major changes that need to be made.

If we look at Canada as an example, a source stated that greater participation by Canadian women in the workforce has accounted for approximately one-third of Canada’s economic growth. If this initiative towards closing the gender gap can be implemented around the world, women could get the same opportunities and recognition that men do. This could shorten the 217 years it’s supposed to take the world to get equal pay and allow the world to see the same progress that Canada did.

My research question applies to this topic in the fact that we either need women to step forward and contribute more to the battle for equality or we need a powerful entity (like King Louis XIV was for the Filles du Roi) to take initiative. If there were more women in the workforce, I believe that we would see positive impacts being made just as they were made in New France all those years ago. One of the few differences between now and then is the power that women now have the ability to yield. If we take this matter into our own hands, we can make this simple premise a reality.


Ethical Judgement: Is what happened right and fair by the values and standards of the time? How about from our current values and standards? Explain.



The Filles du Roi and their situation was completely ethical by the standards of that time. Many of these women came from humble beginnings and were orphaned or even widowed. This dowry would’ve given them the chance for a better life, and was in fact very generous of the King. It benefitted both parties involved and was an effective strategy in closing the gender gap in New France and increasing the population.

With our current mindsets and values, this event would never be replicated. Paying women to leave their homes and families and travel to a foreign, underdeveloped place for the sole purpose of getting married, reproducing, and taking care of their new families and homes is unethical by today’s standards. Even knowing that the women would be voluntarily participating, paying someone to take part in a very personal and sacred bond implies questionable morals. Marriages nowadays usually have substance or emotional bond to them, something that the Filles du Roi may not have had with their partners. These women would also be prompted to participate in sexual relations with their spouses to produce the offspring for which they would be paid. The pressure and circumstances pushed on these women would be frowned upon in today’s society.


What conclusions can you reach about your question based on the research you conducted?

The Filles du Roi were responsible for the success of New France, however short-lived it may have been. Their arrival prompted men to stay in the New World and build their own homes and families rather than returning to France. The offspring of these women would go on to become the foundation of New France and further its growth. Two-thirds of all French Canadians and thousands of North Americans can trace their family trees back to these 800 women. The French language was normalized in the colony because of the Filles du Roi, showing their influence on the development of New France and surrounding territories. My research led me to the conclusion that the Filles du Roi were responsible for New France’s success and impacted the population, cultural development, and future evolution of French Canadians in Canada. They were an invaluable part of France’s past.



Filles du Roi — “Daughters of the King”


In-Depth Post #5 – Week 11

One of the reasons I chose to do yoga as my In-Depth was because I believed it would positively impact my stress and ability to control it. Seeing and feeling the effects months later, I think that this has been a good decision. I feel much less tense than I did near the beginning of the year, and I think I have yoga to thank for that. Restorative yoga is extremely calming, and it feels amazing to be able to clear your mind and focus on something as simple as your movements. Despite this, it still took me quite a few classes to feel the effects of the “restorative” portion of the yoga.

I utilized my free time over Spring Break to practice my yoga poses and HRM, and I’m starting to blend them together in what I like to call HRR yoga or Heart Rhythm Restorative yoga. This combination is a mix of what I’ve learned from both activities and have synthesized into what I feel I was really looking for when I started In-Depth. It’s still in its early stages, but I want to make everything I’ve learned into some sort of book, video, or physical representation. This is one of the things I want to show during In-Depth night, in addition to possibly holding an RRM yoga class!


  1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

Susanne provides me with learning opportunities by allowing me to assume creative freedom with my yoga. I’ve started to look at the different poses and put them together in my own ways to maintain smooth transitions and mix-and-match. There are some poses that are meant to help you with exercise and sore muscles, and others for stress relief and anxiety. I feel that if these were put together the overall effect would be more impactful. This is one of the sequence ideas I had (a sequence is a collection of five poses meant to be performed together for a specific outcome):

  • Child’s Pose
  • Supported Shoulder Stretch
  • Supported Prone Twist
  • Pigeon Pose
  • Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Susanne helps me in all of this by allowing me to try and experiment with this on my own while giving me her insight and keeping me on the right path. For example, in the sequence above she suggested I replace a Child’s Pose without any props to one that uses a blanket and is more supported.

2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

I am by no means an expert at yoga, so the feedback from Susanne on my sequences, ideas for classes, and my own personal improvement in yoga is extremely helpful. Constructive criticism is healthy, and it helps me improve the quality of my work and reinforce the things I’ve already learned. If I can work to make it better, it’ll stick with me longer.

3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

Something I can do to accelerate my learning is to keep a more accurate written log and jot down notes, poses and definitions. Thre are a lot of poses in restorative yoga, and I need to know what they are if I’ll ever have any hope of doing a class. A class may be a physical representation, but it’s not the only thing I want to be able to show. If I’m going to make some sort of video or book, then I’m going to need a solid source of information and notes to use. In addition, I want to make the transitions between HRM and restorative yoga smoother than the ideas I currently have.

4. When you get together what do you talk about?

When we’re together Susanne and I exchange pleasantries before we get down to business and start doing yoga. As I’m part of her class and there are others who are there to learn yoga as well, I don’t get to talk much with her during the classes themselves. She does make sure to give me the typical adjustments or tips on how I can improve my technique (release your breath and relax, straighten your back, etc.). After the classes, I show Susanne whatever I’ve been working on (like my sequences or my class ideas) and she gives me feedback. As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been trying to maximize the amount of time I have with her.

5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

Something going well in our mentoring relationship is the balance between us. In my last post I said that I wanted to show her that I’ve been putting an equal amount of effort in, and I’ve done that by making sequences and coming up with class plans. This shows her that I’ve been thinking about yoga outside our class and that I’m willing to take what she’s taught me and apply it.

Susanne is helping me improve at my yoga bit by bit. In restorative yoga you can hold the same position for five to ten minutes, and as you can imagine, my being a fourteen-year-old with a limited attention span doesn’t really help matters when it comes to being still. Susanne is patient, and through practice I have finally been able to hold the corpse pose for ten minutes without falling asleep! All of my acheivements are thanks to her great teaching.

6. What are you learning about one another?

Susane and I have gotten to know a lot about each other. She speaks of her family often when we meet, and I talk about school and my personal life. I know that she has a daughter and that after taking her first yoga class she knew that that was what she wanted to do and teach others about. Susanne knows that yoga isn’t necessarily my number one priority, so she emails me occasionally to check in and see if I’m making steady progress. This really motivates me to keep working on my In-Depth, and I’m glad that she’s gotten to know me through our time together.

Social Studies 17th Century Letter

My dearest sister Margot,

I fear this may be the last thou hearest of me. Upon writing these words, I have packed all mine own belongings and erased all signs of living in my cottage for fear of pursuit. I pray, do not look for me or inquire about my whereabouts. I must recount the tale that led to these events, so as to warn thee to not be as foolish as I.

I was in the marketplace a fortnight ago at which hour the most unfortunate thing happened; a cart toppled over onto a frail and unsuspecting woman. I heard her cries and rushed over to see that the woman hath taken a laceration on the pale skin of her forearm. No one paid that woman mind, so I took it upon myself to help her up and lead her back to my cottage. As we left the marketplace, I spied a crowd of men chanting words unable to grace mine own ears. One of those folk did meet mine own eyes, and I almost did shiver for the evil and malice that filled his glare.

Ere I had discovered a plant that grew near my cottage that soothed wounds upon application. This I applied to the old woman’s arm. As I tended to her I should have been more watchful, for the woman did eye me distrustfully all the while. She left soon afterwards with no thanks, and I retired early from exhaustion. The following morning when completing my rounds, I heard whispers of the men from the day prior. They were witch hunters, led by a man by the name of Matthew Hopkins on the lookout for unmarried women who hath knowledge of the healing arts. They already had several women restrained and were jeering at them hatefully.

And lo and behold, the woman I had helped the day prior was conversing with them! I fit their description perfectly, so with fear in my heart I did flee the marketplace that day. I had heard of the terrible things that happened to witches; the drownings, the burnings, and the excruciating torture.

So now I findeth myself writing this letter, hoping that if I leave by nightfall I shall have enough time to make it to the port and find myself transport to America, where I may be safe from this purging. I beg of thee to stay safe. I know thou art a passionate soul but please, do not seek retribution for this injustice.

With love and regret,


Document of Learning – The Wheels of Revolution

 English Civil War


The English Civil War can be classified as both a war and revolution and therefore follows a similar trajectory. In terms of incentive, the English Civil War compares to the French Revolution in the way that both of the Monarchies in those situations were abusing their power and spending money unwisely. This led to negative consequences for the rest of the kingdom, taxes being the most prominent in both cases. In terms of the Civil War, however, King Charles I insulted the beliefs of his people and tried to introduce a new way of life that wasn’t widely accepted. This compares to the American Revolution, where the British Parliament instated taxes and regulated trade in America. They tried to control and govern the Colonials, but this caused bitterness and friction between the two groups, inciting a revolution.

When looking at modern-day North America, this conflict can be compared to the current tension between Liberals and Conservatives (or Leftists and Rightists) or President Trump facing the Supreme Court. In the English Civil War, landowners, Anglicans, and people loyal to the Church (typically the wealthier and better-off) sided with the king while the poor and general masses sided with Parliament. This mirrors the current political climate, as Rightists typically support Trump and hold on to their traditional American values while Leftists usually support social equality.


Looking at the totality of the first English Civil War, I don’t think the battle was necessarily for the people.  It was more a struggle for power between two dominant forces in the kingdom. However, the battle resulted in the Parliament’s victory and justice served to those who wished to see King Charles’ reign end. There were three English Civil Wars in total, and the first resulted in King Charles I’s imprisonment. In the second Civil War, we see the Scots invade England on behalf of the Royalists to restore King Charles I to the throne. The overall effects of the English Civil War were both positive and negative, as the Parliamentarians were victorious, a republic was formed, and the middle class rose. On the other hand, many lives were lost and the economy suffered for a period of time following the war.

In-Depth Post #4 – Week 7

It’s now week 7 of In-Depth, and I’m amazed at the progress I’ve made over the past several weeks! I’ve learned so much interacting with my mentor over the past two weeks, but that hasn’t come without challenges. The most difficult challenge when it comes to this process is most definitely the time. Not just finding time to meet, but the amount of time that I actually spend with Susanne learning yoga. We both have busy schedules, but I make sure to drop in her classes at least once every two weeks in addition to our interaction via email and my own research. However, sometimes this doesn’t feel like enough interaction between us, so I’ll try to figure out a way we could improve that in the future.

Despite this, I’m learning a lot from my mentor, and we’ve transitioned to more difficult poses and exercises. Susanne gives me lots of tips and suggestions, and she’s given me some reading to do that I’m currently working on. She’s willing to answer my questions and feed my curiosity when it comes to yoga. She has a lot of experience, so it’s nice to get a concrete source of information.

I’ve realized now that I need to kick things up a notch when it comes to my organization and readiness. Looking at In-Depth as a whole, there isn’t a lot of time left regardless of how relaxed things feel at the moment. I’m going to try to start recording everything I do in regards to this inquiry, from my interactions with Susanne to my classes and personal exploration. This will help me keep things organized and prepare me for my presentation at In-Depth night. At the moment, things are still in the growth stage, but I hope by my next post I’ll have an increase in progress!

Sourcing a Significant Personal Object



Inquiry Question: What is the story of my picture of some of my Grade 8 MACC graduating class taken by a past classmate?



This picture is a primary source, as it was taken during the event and the classmate who took the picture was present. It’s an original picture and a digital source. The picture was taken during the afternoon of June 27th, 2017 on my iPhone 6.


It was Grade 8 graduation day, and there were entertainment and refreshments available inside the school. My friends and I, however, decided to go outside and enjoy the sunshine as a class. Music could be heard from the MPR, and people were filtering in and out the doors with hands full of brightly coloured candies. People were restless and stifled by their formal wear. No one particularly wanted to stay still to take a nice group photo, so many of the subjects in the photo were not paying attention to the phone or the person taking the photo.

Our class was one of the only groups of people outside at the time, so we were isolated from other parents, teachers, and peers. This made the moment in time even more special, as we got to spend time together outside on the playground without supervision or restraint. This means that everyone in the picture is directly involved in the event.


Looking at this picture from a new perspective, it seems like an important or emotionally valuable event. The people in the picture look relaxed and happy with each other despite their formal wear, which could mean that whatever formal event they participated in is over. There’s a group of people in the background who also seem to be taking a group photo, but theirs is a lot more organized and straightforward than the people in the foreground. This brings attention to one of the interesting parts of this picture: the use of the climbing apparatus as the setting. I can’t completely explain why the girl to the left of me isn’t wearing shoes, or who the heads in the bottom left belong to.

Inferences about Perspective:

The creator may have been a member of the same class who didn’t wish to be in the photo or another person who had been asked to take the picture. They made this source due to my request that they document this moment in history so myself and the others in the photo could look at this photo and remember the emotions they felt and the experience as a whole. The audience was our class and our group of friends, specifically those in the photo. The creator would have made this source because of the personal value he/she has for this group of people.

Inferences about inquiry question:

This day was the end of an era and the beginning of another. The camaraderie, friendship, and bond between the subjects in the picture is evident as you analyze it. The story behind this picture is one of past memories and the conclusion of a great chapter in life. While the picture doesn’t give much insight into the time, the place and overall mood is prevalent. This source gives insight into the creator’s thoughts and preferences while leaving enough for the observer to infer about.

Historical Thinking Review

“How can history help us to live in the present?”

I think that this is the most important question to consider in our Social Studies unit because we have to use collected information from both the past and present to properly analyze history itself. In order to move forward in our Social Studies unit, we should also collectively be aware of what exactly we’re studying. I believe history is not only the events, but the people, places, ideas, and ideologies of the past. The past and history, while synonyms, do differ a little from each other in the way that the past is everything that happened before this very second, while history is the cream of the crop; the most important and future-altering things the people of the past decided to preserve so we could learn about it today.

Winston Churchill once said, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” and if you take a look at history, you’ll see many patterns. People and societies over the ages have had the same wants, fears, and dreams. By looking at past events, we can become more informed and make judgements and decisions about present-day life. Historical analysis can allow us to look at data, demographics, and other relevant information to make comparisons. For instance, when it comes to topics like climate change, we can look at information from the past like temperatures and ecological impacts, compare it to the present, and justify claims. If we look at patterns, we can even extrapolate into the future. History allows us to widen our understanding of ourselves, the present, and the future.

In-Depth Blog Post #3 – Week 5

Since my last post, I’ve been busy in trying to acquire a mentor. I’ve glad to say that I struck gold in finding Susanne, a yoga instructor who teaches classes at Hyde Creek Recreational Centre. She’s been doing yoga from a very early age, and through her various certifications and experiences with yoga has found a love and passion for the activity. After attending one of her classes and feeling the benefits of the various exercises, I think I’ll have a great time pursuing yoga as my In-Depth.

I’ve already met and conversed with Susanne, explaining the role a mentor takes during this inquiry. We agreed to meet about once every two weeks when I attend her one-hour classes. Any other questions or information I have for her we’ve agreed to send via email.

During our mentoring sessions she has been extremely helpful, guiding me through the various poses and helping me improve my technique. I’ve learned a lot from her in a very short amount of time, which is really great. Some learning challenges I experienced were mostly with technique. I’m not very flexible or good at balancing, so it was definitely an interesting experience to try some of these moves for the first time. I made sure that if I had trouble I asked for help, and Susanne would give me pointers or demonstrate when needed.

Three strategies that could improve our relationship are to figure out how to communicate effectively and concisely, to schedule and plan things beforehand (give lots of notice) and to make sure effort is a two-way street in the mentorship. All three strategies can be done easily by preparing things in advance. If I already know what I need to say and have all the documents I need to give her, then I can maximize the time she does have to mentor me. In addition, I can utilize email and send her questions and reminders so we’re both on the same page. If I spend time outside of class doing yoga and researching, then when I go to her class I’ll have ideas and questions to contribute and I’ll be able to show that I take yoga seriously and appreciate her guidance.

I’m excited to see what I’ll be able to achieve now that I have a mentor, and I can’t wait to share my progress!