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First Peoples

Subarctic


This culture encompassed mobile bands of Algonquian speaking Cree and Innu east of Hudson Bay, and Athabascan-speaking Chipewyans, Dogrib, Hare, Dene-thah (Slavey), Dunne-za (Beaver), Gwich’in, Tutchone, Tahltan, and Dakelh to the west. Skilled hunters, they occupied the taiga and boreal forests from Yukon to Newfoundland and Labrador. Caribou was their staple and this animal provided most of their necessities. Each summer, groups joined forces to socialize, pick berries, make canoes and snowshoes, and tan hides.

Synopsis

Six major cultural groups The animation starts with a map of Canada. Following the narration, the six regions corresponding to the six First Peoples’ cultural groups are each labelled and shown in their individual colours. Clicking on a region focuses on that region, and narration provides more specific information about the Aboriginal people living there.

Content (Narration)

Canada’s First Peoples can be divided into six major cultural regions: the Arctic; Subarctic; Pacific North-west Coast; Plateau; Plains; and Eastern Woodlands. Click on a cultural grouping to learn more.

Subarctic
This cultural group encompassed mobile bands of Algonquian speaking peoples east of Hudson Bay, and Athabascan-speaking peoples to the west. Skilled hunters, they occupied the taiga and boreal forests from Yukon to Newfoundland and Labrador. Caribou was their staple and this animal provided most of their necessities. Each summer, groups joined forces to socialize, pick berries, make canoes and snowshoes, and tan hides.

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Pacific northwest


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Who do experts consider as Canada's possible earliest arrivals?

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