From Then to Now
The Ojibwe people have a rich and diverse culture that has existed for thousands of years. According to the elders, the Ojibwe have walked the earth since the fourth coming of the human race. There are no written records that have documented the history of the Ojibwe pre-European contact, nor are many of the records that document the history post-contact considered to be accurate due to a bias and uninformed opinion of the historians. Today, the Ojibwe still maintain their oral traditions to a large degree only choosing to share portions of their knowledge through media such as written works, audio and video files.
Countries and Their Cultures
"The Ojibwa ("oh-jib-wah") are a woodland people of northeastern North America. In the mid-seventeenth century there were approximately 35,000 Ojibwa on the continent. According to the 1990 census, the Ojibwa were the third-largest Native group (with a population of 104,000)..."
Native Art in Canada
An Ojibwa Perspective - History of the New World
"For thousands of years elders told us stories. They explained to us how the world was created, why we live in this part of it, how to behave to your family members and neighbours, how to live off the land, how resolve disputes and on and on. Sometimes the stories were just for entertainment but mostly they illustrated what was expected of us in our relationships with one another..."
Sitting Bull's Great Grandson
"Ernie LaPointe, Sitting Bull's lineal great grandson, tells his great grandfather's oral history. In this film clip he tells who the family holds most responsible for the death of Sitting Bull. Full two part DVD series available at www.reelcontact.com. This clip is from part two of 'The Authorized Biography of Sitting Bull By His Great Grandson"."
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs:
About the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
"In June 2007, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs was created to replace the Ontario Secretariat of Aboriginal Affairs. This step reflected the importance of developing a stronger, broader partnership with Aboriginal people in Ontario. The Ministry works to ensure a better future for almost 300,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit Ontarians."
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
Aboriginal Communities in Profile:Ontario
"Vibrant and complex, the Aboriginal community in Ontario comprises First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples—three distinct and diverse groups with unique heritages, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. The well-being and success of the Aboriginal community is of great importance to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and we feel that sharing recent and pertinent information is beneficial to all of Ontario’s people and communities. This provincial profile provides a closer look at the demographic trends in Aboriginal communities in Ontario between 2001 and 2006."