Plain Talk 3

Impacts of Contact

The arrival of Europeans in North America is generally referred to as contact. The impacts of contact were widespread, affecting every dimension of First Nations culture, language, and ways of being.

Overview

As stated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and by numerous writers, activists, politicians, poets and Indigenous peoples themselves, a nation’s culture is central to its identity and viability. To understand how a culture can be affected by the presence of external forces, it’s important to understand the complexity of the word “culture.”

Tags: Assimilate, Contact, Culture, Elders, First Nations, Governance, Indians, Indigenous, Intergenerational effect, Potlatch, Residential Schools, Stereotypes, Sweat Lodge, The Indian Act, Treaties, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,

Resources

The influences of contact with Europeans on the lives of First Nations peoples.

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