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First Nations Peoples In Canada


Books - Non-Fiction

The Children of Aataentsic:  A History of the Huron People to 1660, Volume 1

By Bruce G. Trigger, 1987.
From the website: "Trigger's work integrates insights from archaeology, history, ethnology, linguistics, and geography. This wide knowledge allows him to show that, far from being a static prehistoric society quickly torn apart by European contact and the fur trade, almost every facet of Iroquoian culture had undergone significant change in the centuries preceding European contact. He argues convincingly that the European impact upon native cultures cannot be correctly assessed unless the nature and extent of precontact change is understood. His study not only stands Euro-American stereotypes and fictions on their heads, but forcefully and consistently interprets European and Indian actions, thoughts, and motives from the perspective of the Huron culture. The Children of Aataentsic revises widely accepted interpretations of Indian behaviour and challenges cherished myths about the actions of some celebrated Europeans during the "heroic age" of Canadian history. In a new preface, Trigger describes and evaluates contemporary controversies over the ethnohistory of eastern Canada."

Law and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, 5e - Captus Press

From the website:  "This new and updated edition of the popular work provides both an introductory text and an extensive collection of primary materials in one of the most dynamic areas of Canadian law. It addresses key aspects of the law applied in Canadian courts in regard to Aboriginal peoples."

Aboriginal Peoples:  Building for the Future

From the website:  "This comprehensive text deals with an important and often understudied part of Canadian history and heritage. It focuses on all facets of Aboriginal culture, history, and challenges from the past to the present with a careful balance between brutal honesty and uplifting accounts of hope and perseverance. "

Film & Video

Club Native

By Tracey Deer, 2008; (58 sec).

Synopsis from the NFB website:  "The Indian Act was a controversial system of determining membership in a Native community. Using as a poignant case study her hometown of Kahnawake, a Mohawk reserve in Quebec, Tracey Deer raises a difficult question faced by people of many ethnicities around the world: What roles do bloodline and culture play in determining identity?"


Assembly of First Nations

From the website: "The Assembly of First Nations is committed to the belief that such support is building and that the future will yield the desired accomplishment of self-determination for each First Nation in Canada."

Algonquin Nation

This is the website of the Algonquin Tribal Council. It includes information on communities, press releases on the assertion of rights and land, and information on the language and culture.


Aboriginal Affairs and North Development Canada (AANDC)

The AANDC is one of the federal government departments responsible for meeting the Government of Canada's obligations and commitments to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and for fulfilling the federal government's constitutional responsibilities in the North.  Available on the AANDC website are information about First Nations in Canada, access to a media room, library and a complete repository of all reports and publications, and a selection of Aboriginal success stories from communities across Canada.

Haudenosaunee Confederacy

From the website:  "Through generations of attempted assimilation the nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy have held fast to their cultures and traditions.  Today they are expressing their story through their own people with the introduction of HaudenosauneeConfederacy.ca. An excellent resource for students and teachers alike, this website shares cultural information in historical and contemporary contexts through the eyes of the Haudenosaunee. The website will provide a voice for the Haudenosaunee people in new media while providing engaging information to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences. The Haudenosaunee welcome you as you explore the unique culture held close to the hearts of their people."

First Peoples of Canada

From the Canadian Museum of Civilization website: "This virtual exhibition looks at some facets of the history of Canada's Aboriginal peoples, underlining their fight for cultural survival and indicating the wealth of their modern-day contributions."

Nuxalk Smayusta

A website run entirely by the Nuxalk peoples of Bella Coola British Columbia.  On this website, viewers can access information on a range of topics including the history, culture, traditions, public voice, ongoing points of concern and activism of the Nuxalk people.

Aanischaaukamikw | Cree Cultural Institute


Cree Cultural Institute home page screen shot


The CCI is an extraordinary new museum, cultural institution, and showcase of the history of the James Bay Crees. Can't visit in person?  The CCI web site offers you a variety of ways to learn about Cree culture and the museum's collection of artifacts, including an Interactive Virtual Exhibit where you can examine and “manipulate” the collection  item by item and even add to the knowledge about these items.

Yukon First Nations Programs and Partnerships

This is the website of the First Nations Programs and Partnerships Unit created by the Public schools branch of the Department of Education. It includes links to curriculum resources, publications and programs that infuse a First Nations perspective. Click here for the "Handbook of Yukon First Nations Education Resources for Public School 2013/2014". 

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