Canada as a nation state is 150 years old this year.
The hashtag #Canada150 is making the rounds on social media and marketers (like me!
What was the indigenous community thankful for in a time when schoolteachers had kids colouring pictures of pilgrims and making turkeys from outlines of their hands?
The truth is that the story of our nation – its people and how we all got here – started long before July 1, 1867.The Ways of Knowing Partnership Turtle Island Conservation Programme (TIC) respectfully shares the hopes and goals of First Nation partners in our commitment to the preservation of wildlife and wild places.TIC partners with First Nation communities to incorporate Traditional Knowledge into turtle and wetland conservation initiatives.) are on a blitz promoting our vast country and the many ways to celebrate the anniversary.As a result Canada is topping all the lists of 2017 travel destinations.The First Nation Art developed to share the distinct origin story and worldview of First Nation people in North America.This project invited Aboriginal artists from the Haudenosaunee ( Mohawk) and Anishinaabe ( Ojibway) communities to submit visual concepts that captured the Traditional Knowledge understanding of the “Creation Story” as told by many First Nations people of North America (known as Turtle Island) since time immemorial.As an adult I’ve tried to avoid it but have typically faced opposition.Some traditions, even though not traditional die hard.Every few years archaeologists unearth artifacts dating further back in time that confirm their presence on this continent millennia before the arrival of the first Europeans – another such site on Canada’s east coast was discovered earlier this month.So far, from what I’ve read, the oldest artifacts discovered date back 15,500 years.