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Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair
History of First Nations
My project describes different First Nations groups within Canada and how they lived in different places. I explained how different First Nations groups cooperated with the land in Canada.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was their traditional ways of telling stories and legends about Canada. They told these stories with dances, hand motions and music. They also wore traditional clothing during ceremonies.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I want to teach others to have an open mind about other people and their traditions in Canada. Canada is a multicultural country so it is important to recognize diversity. First Nations have a big role in Canada's history and it is important to educate others of their history and the people who formed this wonderful country.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
First Nations were not treated fairly in the past because their land was taken away and they were forced to move onto reserves. Today, however, we are allowed to move and buy our own land where we chose to live. First Nations were also expected to leave their families and go to residential schools as we are allowed to stay with our families and go to school.