Appendix 1: Glossary

MLA
Member of the Legislative Assembly. A person who voters choose to represent their area in the provincial government
Nazi
A member of a German political party controlled by Adolf Hitler
RCMP
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, also known as Mounties
Senate
One of the groups that help make laws in Canada
aboriginal
First Nations, Inuit, and Metis
activism
Doing things that support change in the world
bill
A suggested law that is presented to the government
challenge
Something difficult
communist
Someone who believes the government should own everything. People and companies should not own property, like houses or cars.
compassion
A feeling of wanting to help someone in trouble
conflict
Being unable to agree
debate
A discussion where people express different viewpoints about something
declined
Became worse
despair
A feeling of no hope
discriminate
To unfairly treat a person differently from other people
editorial
An article in a newspaper or magazine that reflects the opinion of the editors
equal
The same for each person.
federal
The level of government responsible for things that affect the whole country
fondly
In a loving way
guilty
Responsible for carrying out a crime or doing something wrong
heathen
A racist word used to describe people who do not follow a Christian religion
income assistance
Money that the government gives people who are out of work, sick, disabled, or old
injustice
Unfair treatment
inspire
Affect someone in a way that leads her or him to do good things
judgment
The act of forming an opinion about someone or something that is sometimes disapproving
lawyer
A person who helps people with the law
limp
Floppy or without strength
military
The army, navy, and air force
movement
Organized actions taken by people working together to achieve something
optimism
A feeling that good things will happen in the future
organization
A company, business, club, or group that was put together for a special purpose
premier
The leader of a province
product
Something that is sold in stores
queer
Someone whose gender or romantic relationships are outside of what is traditional
rapid
Fast
reserve
A small piece of land the government forced First Nations people to live on
residential school
Schools that Aboriginal children in Canada were forced by the government to attend. The goal was to remove the children from their families and culture so that they would become more like the white settlers.
respect
Treating people in a way that shows they are important
responsibility
Having the job of taking care of something or someone
socialist
Someone who believes the government should run health care, schools, and other major services
state
The government
trauma
A very difficult experience that causes someone to have mental and emotional problems for a long time

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