Friday, November 1, 2013

Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

Can you name the 3 distinct groups of Aboriginal people as recognized by the Canadian Constitution? How about the 6 Aboriginal culture areas in Canada? Don't feel too bad if you're like one of those tongue-tied people in the CBC 8th Fire "Aboriginal 101" interview. I'm in the same boat; so glad we homeschool so I get a second chance to fill in the blanks!

The book series "Aboriginal Peoples of Canada" (courtesy of our wonderful library) take us through 13 different Aboriginal groups where we learn about each group's tradition, homes, clothing, transportation, food, tools, music, etc. By the time we finished reading all 13 books, it's not hard to notice one common thread among the different groups - their respect for and dependence on their natural environments. They all have such a deep sense of spiritual connection and stewardship with nature and their land.

"Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the clouds, and the Great Sea, as well as the earth? Did not the Great Good Spirit make them all for the use of his children?" - Tecumseh

"When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money." - Cree Prophecy

Web Resources:
Canadian Encyclopedia - Canada's Native Peoples
EcoKids - First Nations & Inuit
Library and Archives Canada - The Kids' Site of Canadian Settlement
Villagers TV - Canadian Aboriginal History: Origins

1 comment:

  1. This had to be a very enlightening journey,

    Love Nanny & Papa