Cultural Contact Project

Cultural Contact Project
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  • Pre-contact
  • Affects of Contact
  • Indigenous people could hunt, and fish, and perform unique traditions to their cultures freely. When they would hunt, they would use almost all parts of the animal for food, weapons or for carvings.
  •  Aboriginal people had many unique cultures and traditions. For example, Inuit believed in Animism and had to follow certain guidelines in order to appease the spirits. 
  • Before contact with other cultural groups, they had made clothing from animal skins and furs with stone or shell embellishments. Nowadays, their clothing is bought from a store or made from more modern and available materials.
  • The Canadian government established a legislation in 1876 to assimilate people of First Nation heritage. This legislation was called, the Indian Act. Residential schools were included in the legislation, making First Nation children attend schools with the main objective of assimilating them.
  • Most aboriginal people today no longer practice their traditional cultures. Instead, their modern traditions are similar to those of Europeans. An example of this is back then, they used to live in traditional shelters (cedar longhouses / igloos) but now as time has passed, they live in normal houses.
  • Also, most aboriginal people no longer practice their unique religions, such as animism. Instead, Christianity has become very popular within most aboriginal groups. This shows how prominent homogenization is in this time and age.
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