This is a special page honouring our Native/Aboriginal Ancestors both
in Canada and the US. We wouldn't be who we are without these
To Our Proud Native/Aboriginal Heritage Honour Page
We are the Métis, the mixed blood people, our ancestors are European
and many Native/Aboriginal Nations - some of these are the
Algonguien, the Cree, the Objibwe, the Iroquois, the Mohawks, the
Huron, the Mi'kmaq, and many other nations which will be named as
we begin this honour page....
*Algonquin (or Algonkin) Indians, North American Indian Tribe.
Among the first with whom the French made an alliance, they
were driven out of their territory along the St. Lawrence and
Ottawa rivers by the Iroquois in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Some united with the Ottawa Indians; a few remain in Ontario
and Quebec. originally the name "Algonquin" was applied only
to the Weskarini of the Gatineau valley, but its application was
widened to include other closely related tribes such as the
Nipissing and Abitibi. The tribe gave its name to the
Algonquian linguistic division.
The *Cree Indians are a vast tribe of Native Americans who
reside in various parts of North America. These locations
include the Rocky Mountain and areas along the Atlantic
Coast. In Canada, the Cree Indians heavily populate Quebec
and Saskatchewan. Similar to other Indian tribes, there are
several bands of Cree Indians. These bands consist of the
James Bay Cree, Woodland Cree, Plain Cree Indians, etc.
The *Objibwe or Chippewa Indians are one of the largest
Native American groups in North America. Over the years, the
first nation of America has seen a rapid decrease in the
number of pure breed Indians. Assimilation into American life
and culture contributes to the reduction of Indians. The
Chippewa Indians primarily inhabited the Northern regions of
the United States. They could be found in states such as
Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Additionally, a few bands
of the Chippewa tribe inhabit parts of southern Canada.
Together, there are approximately 150 different bands or
groups of Chippewa Native Americans.
The *Mohawk Indians were a part of the Iroquois Nation and
resided along the areas of what are now Lake Ontario and the
St. Lawrence River. Their native homeland extended through
parts of New York near the Mohawk River and into what are
now the mountains of Vermont. Today, many of the remaining
Mohawk Indians live in Canada.
The First Nations People of Nova Scotia are known as the
*Mi'kmaq. At the time of first contact with European explorers in
the 16th and 17th centuries the Mi'kmaq lived in the region now
known as the Maritime provinces and the Gaspé peninsula.
Later they also settled in New England and Newfoundland. The
Mi'kmaq called themselves L'nu'k, meaning "the people." The
term Mi'kmaq comes from their word nikmak, meaning "my
*Hurons, a confederation of four Iroquoian tribes, with several
dependent groups, which, at the coming of the white man,
occupied a territory, sometimes known as Huronia, around
Lake Simcoe and to the south and east of the Georgian bay.
The name is derived from the old French word huron, meaning
"a bristly or unkempt knave," and was apparently applied to
the Hurons by the first French in Canada . The four tribes
comprising the confederacy were the Bear, the Cord, the
Rock, and the Deer. The Bear and the Cord tribes, who were
the more important and more numerous, appear to have dwelt
in Huronia for at least two centuries before the coming of the
white man; but the Rock and Deer tribes joined the
confederacy about the year 1600, having been driven thither
from the St. Lawrence valley by the Iroquois. The smaller
groups attached to the confederacy were mostly Iroquoian, but
at least one was Algonkian, a fact which shows how slight the
barrier was that language imposed. The name applied to the
confederacy by the Hurons themselves was Wendat, meaning
"islanders" or "dwellers on a peninsula"; whence came the
term Wyandot, subsequently applied to the remnants of the
Hurons and the Tobacco tribe.
The *Iroquois Indians once lived along the St. Lawrence River
which is located in what is now known as New York State. The
tribe had about five tribes “underneath” them, including the
Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, and Cayuga. The houses that the
Iroquois Indians lived in were known as longhouses. They were
very large, could hold anywhere from 30 to 60 people, and was
anywhere from 25 to 150 feet in length. The longhouses were
framed with wooden poles, and then animal skins were hung
over them to serve as coverings. A hole was cut into the top of
the longhouse to let smoke escape.
We want to include our brothers and sisters, the
American (USA) Natives as well, such as: the Lakota,
Abenaki, Dene, Assiniboine Sioux, Dakota, Nez Perce,
Wabanaki........these tribes were living and trading close
to the now known borders between Canada and the
USA, and also hundreds of years ago mixed in
marriages, etc. with the Europeans that were entering
the North Americas via the Eastern Coast in the Nation
now known as Canada........and were an integral part of
the Métis Nation of today.
We have given honourable mention to those Nations
that are well known to have helped create the
mixed-blood peoples known as the Métis........those
Nations not specifically mentioned we honour as well -
this page is to honour ALL NORTH AMERICAN
ABORIGINAL/NATIVE PEOPLES and their very important
part in Canada and the USA's histories....