Here we are making
an attempt to explore the history of the First Nations. At this time
we can but use antiquarian resources to tell their story but we'd be
more than happy to bring this more up to date should any of Canada's
First Nations people wish to provide information for the site by way
of text, pictures or videos.
As you read the
early history of Canada you'll find that the First Nations people
fought for the French against the British while others fought for
the British against the French. They were also involved in fighting
for Canada in the war with the USA. And of course many also fought
for Britain in both World Wars. This means as you explore the
history of each Province you'll come across many accounts of the
First Nations people.
In this section of the site we're
bringing you more specific information on the First Nations as we
find it so do also feel free to contact us if you have information
to contribute. We would add that in here we show information on the
First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
Our Home on Native Land - Wikwemikong
A special one-hour documentary on the First Nations Reserve of
Wikwemikong. Located on Manitoulin Island in Georgian Bay in
Ontario, Wikwemikong is one of Canada's largest reserves with a
population of over 7,000. Many in the community are scarred from the
legacy of residential schools, and unemployment and drug abuse are
high, but there is a concerted effort made within the community to
improve their lives.
From Statistics Canada
We bring you some recent statistics
from Statistics Canada which tend to show that Aboriginal peoples
living on Reserves are worse off than their counterparts living off
reserves. In particular the First Nations people seem to do worse
that the Métis and Inuit.
Aboriginal population surpasses the
A total of 1,172,790 people identified
themselves as an Aboriginal person, that is. North American Indian
(hereafter referred to as First Nations people in this report),
Metis or Inuit in the 2006 Census of Population. The census counted
976,305 Aboriginal people in 2001 and 799,010 in 1996. There were
nearly 700,000 First Nations people identified in 2006 as well as
approximately 390,000 Metis and just over 50,000 Inuit.
Ghost Dance - Native American -
Power Drums - Spirit Pride
Fast paced, heart pounding beat. Ghost Dance by Apurimac III
Nature Spirit Pride and beautiful art photos by J.D. Challenger,
Frank Howell, and Howard Terpning.
Understanding Aboriginal Identity
Understanding Aboriginal Identity explores the complex issue of
self-identification for Aboriginal people. Today, Aboriginal
identity remains inextricably linked with past government
legislation and the continued stereotyping of Aboriginal people in
the media and Canadian history. From a Metis farm in rural Alberta
to the offices of Canada’s leading scholars, Understanding
Aboriginal Identity examines the factors that shape who we are.
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