Scottish families who arrived in Canada brought their belongings in a 'kist', a large chest or wooden box. They were arriving in an undeveloped country without existing farmland, roads or homes, so early immigrants had to bring everything they would need for their new lives.
Students could be set the task of deciding what they would need to pack in their own kist. Discuss how they well they would cope depending on their choices. Consider what resources would be available to emigrant when they arrived in a new land and how this changed over time.