WATCH LIVE: Calgary Folk Music Festival with The Halluci Nation


Curriculum Connections

By attending the performance and participating in the activities in this study guide, students will be covering the following criteria from the Ontario Curriculum, grades 9-12.

Arts - Drama

(A1.3, A2.2, A3.1) use role play and characterization to explore personal and social issues; use a variety of conventions to create a distinct voice that reflects a particular global, social or personal perspective.

(B1.3, B2.1, B2.4) identify aesthetic and technical aspects of drama works and explain how they help achieve specific dramatic purposes; identify different types of drama and explain their function in diverse communities and cultures from the past and present; identify ways in which dramatic exploration contributes to understanding of diverse cultures and traditions.

(C2.1) identify ways in which dramatic expression and performance reflect communities and cultures, past and present.

Social Sciences and Humanities

(B1.1, B1.2, B1.3) explain how various aspects of identity may be socially constructed and internalized; demonstrate an understanding of how a variety of factors intersect in individuals to create diverse experiences of identity and social roles; explain positive and negative ways in which social norms can affect individuals; explain how biases and stereotypes, including those related to race, class, gender and sexual orientation, are transmitted through media and popular culture.

(B2.3, B2.4) demonstrate an understanding of the difference between individual and systemic forms of discrimination and oppression; describe the effects of discrimination and oppression on individuals and groups.

(C1.2, C2.1, C2.2, C3.3) describe the complexities of the relationship between an individual’s cultural heritage and Canadian values, beliefs, and practices; describe a variety of historical and contemporary examples of inequity and social justice in Canada; demonstrate an understanding of Canada’s historical and current relationship with First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples, and of the ways in which Aboriginal people have worked to achieve recognition of Aboriginal and treaty rights; describe how various social groups have created effective coalitions to achieve significant equity and social justice objectives.

Native Studies

Grade 10

Challenges - describe the challenges that social, economic and political renewal pose for Aboriginal and other communities throughout Canada; explain how art forms are a means of promoting dialogue and healing in Aboriginal communities; identify how new and evolving art forms reclaim, revive and sustain Aboriginal communities.

Relationships - demonstrate an understanding that different interpretations exist regarding relationships between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown.

Grade 11 & 12

Identity - describe the concepts related to identity in Aboriginal literary works; analyse and assess information, ideas, issues and language as they pertain to Aboriginal identity; demonstrate an understanding of how the different forms and styles used in Aboriginal literary work reflect Aboriginal identity.

Relationships - demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which Aboriginal writers depict relationships to promote a vision of Aboriginal communities; compare through analysis relationships presented in media works by Aboriginal creators.

Challenges - demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing Aboriginal peoples in education and employment as presented in the works of Aboriginal writers; analyse and assess how stereotyping is depicted in works by Aboriginal writers.

Writing - describe the impact of media, literature and popular culture on contemporary Aboriginal society.

Health and Physical Education

Describe different types of violence (physical, verbal, sexual, emotional); describe the possible effects of violence on those who are exposed to it in their daily lives; identify and describe suicidal behaviours and strategies for prevention; describe how society and culture affect individual perceptions and expressions of sexuality.


Oral Communication - identify the important information and ideas in both simple and complex oral texts; extend understanding of oral texts by making connections between the ideas they contain and personal knowledge; identify the perspectives and/or biases evident in oral texts and comment on any questions they may raise about beliefs, values and identity.