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Differences Between Traditional Aboriginal Cultures & Mainstream Western Culture

Traditional Culture Mainstream Western Culture Community is the foremost of all values Individualism is the foremost value The future tense is dominant The present is the dominant tense The world is understood mythically The world is understood scientifically Goals are met with patience Goals are met with aggressive effort Ownership is often communal Ownership is reward for hard work Gifts are regarded as social glue Gifts are regarded as holiday issues Work is often motivated by group need Work is motivated by ambition Aging is a source of wisdom Aging is decay and loss Eye contact is thought over-assertive Eye...

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UNDRIP 101

UNDRIP stands for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and is a document that describes both individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples around the world. It offers guidance on cooperative relationships with Indigenous peoples to states, the United Nations, and other international organizations based on the principles of equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. It addresses the rights of Indigenous peoples on issues such as: culture identity religion language health education community The declaration was adopted by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on September 13, 2007. Canada has committed to a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship...

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Indigenous population growing rapidly

The Indigenous population in Canada continues to rapidly outpace the growth of the rest of the country while Indigenous languages are showing a strong resurgence, according to census data released by Statistics Canada. The data paints a picture of a young and growing Indigenous population — First Nation, Inuit and Métis — which is increasingly learning Indigenous languages and is reshaping the face of Western Canada. Between 2006 and 2016, the self-identified Indigenous population grew by 42.5 per cent — from 1,172,790 to 1,673, 785. This represented a growth rate four times the rest of the population, according to Stats Can. The agency is projecting...

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National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of Indigenous peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis is essentially the very history of Canada as they are the first peoples of the nation and continue to play important roles in its development and its future. On June 21, celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis: 21+ important Indigenous people to celebrate 10 ways to celebration National Indigenous...

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‘Native Land’ Map Helps You Recognize Which Indigenous Territory You Live On

What traditional territory is your city on? Are you on unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territory? The territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and Mississaugas of the Credit River? Or unceded Abenaki/Abénaquis, Kanien'kehá:ka, Haudenosauneega (St Lawrence Iroquois), and Huron-Wendat territory? If you don't know, a website called Native Land can help answer the question for you. The crowd-sourced, interactive website mapping traditional territories of Indigenous people, treaties and language has grown to become so much more, and has just become a Canadian not-for-profit. Read the full story on Huffington Post.

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