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National Aboriginal Day on Victoria Island, Ottawa

National Aboriginal Day on Victoria Island, Ottawa

National Aboriginal Day is a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

In Ottawa, most of the celebrations took place on Victoria Island, in the middle of the Ottawa River. It was a great chance to hear some performers, browse a variety of crafts and enjoy the atmosphere.

As an “almost Canadian” citizen, I enjoy learning about all aspects of this country’s culture. I must admit that Ottawa isn’t usually the best place to discover Aboriginal’s culture so this was a great opportunity. I strongly believe that we, newcomers, need to acknowledge this wonderful culture and its contribution to Canada. There is a long history of prejudices and stereotypes in Canada and it’s also up to us to make it change. So celebrate Aboriginal culture!

I would also like to recommend a great blog I have been reading for a little while now: Urban Native Girl Stuff’s. The author, Lisa, is Tsilhqot’in and a Cherokee Dutch/Mexican girl currently living in Toronto. Her blog aim at “dispelling myths and stereotypes about Indigenous North Americans; to support and celebrate the artistic endeavors by Indigenous people“. She is also a pop culture fan — basically, you can not not like her!

Little Dolls

Little Dolls

Little Boxes

Little Boxes

Totem Pole

Totem Pole

Animal Skin

Animal Skin

Making The Crafts

Making The Crafts

Bear Sculpture

Bear Sculpture

Violon Player

Violon Player

Aurora Finkle and Her Father

Aurora Finkle and Her Father

Feeding The Crowd!

Feeding The Crowd!

Relaxing...

Relaxing...

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

16 Comments

  1. I always get fascinated by the cultural treasures that aborigines have, no matter which continent I am in. Whether it be the Incas, or the Native Americans, I find them fascinating.

    I find it funny that you included “relaxing” as a photo. As I was browsing the photos and scrolling down, I was like, “Hmm, these are the photos that depict the lives of aborigines. Totem poles, animal skins, relaxing? I do that too!”

    Now a thought experiment: it would have been interesting to see suppose the colonialist period in world history happened in reverse: say, the aborigines in Australia, North and South America went ahead and “discovered” Europe. I wonder what the world would be like if that were the case.

  2. You are embracing all things Canadian! Good for you!
    (My brother is married to a First Nations woman – they live in the Yukon.)

  3. @Linguist-in-Waiting – Now you got me thinking! 😆

    I believe we all live the same way anyway 😉

    @Beth – It is interesting to learn about different aspects of the country.

    @Khengsiong – In Canada, the terminology is complicated. There are three main groups: Inuits, Metis and First Nations. So Aboriginal is the best way to encompass these three groups. I think anyway…I could be wrong!

  4. My MIL would love this festival. I’m slowly catching up with your blog…I’m still recovering from my big day.

  5. @expatraveler – Thank you! I’m sure you must have had some celebrations in B.C too.

    @sir jorge – Yes, I was lucky!

    @Seraphine – These boxes were so cute… I would have bought one, but money is… well, you know 🙂

    @Bluefish – Recover girl, take your time!

  6. This was very informative. I didn’t know Canada had an Aboriginal Day. I think of Australia when I hear Aborigines. BTW, those little boxes in the picture are beautiful!

  7. Did you add some photos after you first posted this? Neat pictures.

    In Oklahoma We say Native American, American Indian, or just Indian. Aboriginals are in Australia. Although to tell the trutj so many people in Oklahoma are some part Indian that nobody thinks much about it. I guess we have pow-wows.

  8. @Scarlet – The boxes were my favorite. I wish I could have bought one!

    @Shantanu – Yes, the terminology is quite confusing…!

    @Soleil – It doesn’t exist in the US? It’s too bad, because it really is a good chance to acknowledge these wonderful cultures.

    @Bill Miller – I think we use the word “Aboriginal” because we have three main groups, the First Nations, the Metis and the Inuits. The USA doesn’t have Inuits or Metis (who are the descendants of First Nation women who married English or French fur traders).

    The pictures were always there… maybe they weren’t displaying well?

  9. And till now I thought only Australia talks about Aboriginals. Do they also play Didgeridoo like in Australia ?

  10. love the tipi! stayed in one for a weekend in Wales of all places and can say it was the best holiday i think i’ve ever had.

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