Section 1: Introduction to Indigenous Peoples


Section 1 will introduce you to the Indigenous Peoples in Canada, their histories, and their cultures. It will also answer some of the questions that people often ask about Indigenous Peoples and debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions.

It should take around an hour to complete Section 1. Please complete the Locate Yourself activity first.


In Section 1 you will learn about:

  • Aboriginal or Indigenous?
  • Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • First Nations
  • Métis
  • Inuit
  • Urban Indigenous peoples
  • Demographics
  • Acknowledging traditional territories


Activity 1: Locate Yourself (10 min)

Reflect on the area, city, or town where you live.

  1. Whose traditional First Nations territory do you currently live, work and play?
  2. How do you know?
  3. If you don’t know, spend some time researching this online.

Knowledge Check

Answer the following questions to assess your current knowledge of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Once you have completed a question, click on the arrow to see the next one. As you go through the remainder of Section 1, think about these questions.

Note: If you are not using the online version of the Foundations Guide, you can find the Knowledge Check questions and answers in Appendix A.


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