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The descendents of the original inhabitants of North America. First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have unique heritages, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. Aboriginal is also a term used in other parts of the world to refer to the first inhabitants of a given area.

L’Assomption Sash

This was a Métis sash that was named after the region of Quebec were they were fashioned. Métis traders wore the red sash as a part of their uniform that also consisted of a blue coat and a beaded pipe bag.

Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation

One of the best known of the northern tribes, the Siksika were the first nation to meet the fur traders. Also known as the “Siksika,” this nation has lived on the Plains for generations.


This is the process of sharing or exchanging information with others. Communication can take many forms.


A community is made up of people who are part of a larger group that share similar interests and backgrounds that includes religion, language, and ancestry.


The culture of a people in made up of the customs and shared beliefs, attitudes, values, goals, practices, social forms and material traits of a religious, racial, or social group.


In Aboriginal communities "Elder" has many meanings. It can mean a person who is older and is known as a spiritual and cultural leader, and who has the knowledge of traditions. Elders are often regarded as symbols of Aboriginal culture not only in their words and actions but for the very existence.

First Nation

A name Aboriginal People gave themselves that refers to them as the original inhabitants of Canada.


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