first nations

How long have you been a North American? A few generations? Our aboriginal people have been here a little longer – say close to 15,000 years or longer.

Canada’s First Nations have been in the country we now call Canada for at least 12,000 years, perhaps much longer. 

For almost all that time, they survived very well in a harsh environment, making everything they needed without polluting the water, or air, and without destroying the land or decimating the animal populations.

Each First Nation had self-government and recognized the sovereignty of other First Nations. They all developed unique systems of government, and complex material cultures (tools, clothing, shelter, transportation, etc.)

Most First Nations of Canada lived mainly from hunting and fishing. They migrated seasonally to get food. They did not wander aimlessly. 

They moved their camps from season to season to specific places and areas where they knew there would be food. In one season, they would hunt large animals; in another they would fish; in the fall they would gather berries, and so on. 

The only farming people were the Iroquois and Hurons, and related tribes, in what is now southern Ontario.

firstpeoplesofcanada.com/

And yet, we still feel we’re superior and have greater ‘rights’. And look! It has taken us only a few generations to turn the landscape into factories and cookie-cutter homes and climate change. We’ve even elevated plastic to royalty.

I’ve had our aboriginal people on my mind frequently throughout my life. I have great respect for them. And I have a special love for one. I hope I will be able to bring this respect and love home in this blog.

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