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9000 years before the first Europeans landed on the shores of North America or Turtle Island, Aboriginal people lived here in a community structure that was unique to the land on which they lived. Each group observed their own laws, traditions, religion and stories.
The First People of our area are Sto:lo (The River People). Their territory encompasses twenty-four bands between Fort Langley and Yale (Sto;lo Nation, http://www.stolonation.bc.ca/history, 2014). Each group has their own traditions, songs, stories and values that are unique to their tribe. Each community is uniquely connected to the earth through spiritual teachings based on their geographical area. Local resources, especially those found in the water and in the earth, are important to trade and survival of the people.
Describe Indigenous culture and way of life prior to European contact.
Core Competency: Communication
Print Resources: (These resources are available to borrow from the Siwal Si’wes Library)
Click the following bold link or image below to explore BC Aboriginal Legends and Symbology : Created for the Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre website, this page describes BC animals and what each represents within BC First Nations people’s culture and traditions, as well as brief versions of some traditional stories. This page is a place to begin an inquiry about the included animals as symbols and about First Nations traditional stories.
9000 Years of History in the Land of the River People : The Stóːlō : From Time Immemorial “The program ‘From Time Immemorial’ is designed to provide students from primary to mid-intermediate grades with a basic introduction to Stóːlō culture and an understanding of First Nations history. …
A Journey Into Time Immemorial: (interactive online resource)
Click the following bold link to explore the works of Roy Henry Vickers : This BC First Nations artist’s commercial website that offers pictures of his paintings along with commentary about many of them.
Historica Canada – Indigenous Peoples