First Nations of Canada ANT 231.002 Rachael Moore 10/28/2015 Stephen F Austin State University First Nations of Canada Introduction to the First Nations of Canada’s culture “The First Nations people are the status and non-status “Indian” or indigenous people in Canada” (Aboriginal, 2012). Thirty-two million people residing in Canada are indigenous or aboriginal. Currently there are “617 different First Nation bands with half being status Indians, 30 percent Metis, 15 percent unregistered
Sioux Indians are believed to have come from the continent of Asia thousands of years ago. The Sioux indians never actually stayed in one place for a long time and they actually traveled a lot. The Sioux indians were introduced to horses by the Spanish people around the 1500’s, life became easier for the Sioux indians because of the horses. Horses helped the Sioux indians with carrying items and transportation. Sioux actually means “little snake” and this name was giving by the Chippewa indians.
deceitful past does not exist is a common act when discussing history in Canada. The First Nations people bear the brunt of this ignorance, as very little of their suffering, at the hands of the government is acknowledged. Due to the abuse and neglect from the Canadian government, the First Nations people faced and continue to face a depletion of culture and serious mental health issues. In the First World War, First Nations people dealt with inconsiderate and racist policies. For the following decades
residential school was an institution for the first nations children where the child was forced to attend to learn about Christianity, and be taught the English language and the European ways. The residential schooling system was run by the Canadian government. The idea of the schools was to “kill the Indian in the child”. The meaning of this assimilation is that the purpose of the establishments was to take away all of the culture and identity of the First Nations children. In the peaks of residential schools
the world's many nations is unique in its own way. No two nations are the same in terms of the way they live. Whether it is driving on the right or left side of the road, pronouncing words a certain way or using hand gestures to communicate different meanings, each nation of the world has something that allows it to stand out. This uniqueness can come from certain religions, cultural practices, geography, history or from a multitude of other reasons. Despite this, a unique nation usually gains its
residential schools was to isolate Aboriginal children from their families and assimilate them into the dominant culture (First Nations Study Program, 2009). As the history of the residential school system unfolds it becomes evident that the Canadian Government attempted to eradicate the Aboriginals culture and lifestyle. The residential school system was a devastating crime against Aboriginal cultures and has had lasting and debilitating effects on their populations. The residential schools were a wide
Generational gaps exist amongst all cultures. Some however, are more detrimental than others. In Thomas King’s Borders, the young boy and his sister when compared to their mother reveals a striking example of not only a generational gap, but a cultural gap between newer generations of First Nations Peoples and their parents. Borders clearly emphasizes the influence that Western society and culture has on young Aboriginal Canadians not only in terms of tradition, but Aboriginal identity as well.
the last 150 - 200 years is that First Nations people are not in control of their own destiny. It’s this crushing Paternalism from the federal government telling First Nations peoples what to do.” Hayden King, Political Science Lecturer, McMaster University. Source: CBC news: Sunday, debate with Jonathan Kay of the National Post Conservative ideologies, at
This also ties into history and biography. The First Nation youth suicide is a public issues, which is noticed by the children’s advocate of Saskatchewan (Corey O'Soup) and Professor Chris Lalande of Victoria. The youths who commit suicide did not take their own life because of their personal troubles,
ultimately devastated the First Nation culture (Florence 37). The Canadian Government saw relations with Aboriginal people as the “Indian Problem” and they wanted to get rid of the First Nation people’s culture, identity and individual nations. In the 1880s the Government began to establish and operate a system of residential schools which were a central element to their policy. The intent was the assimilation of Aboriginal children into the working classes of Euro-Canadian culture. The children were forced