Mind Map

Mar 08


The territories I currently reside in include the Anishinabewaki, Haudenosaunee, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and Wendake-Nionwentsïo.

The Anishinabewaki controlled the hub that was at the Great Lake’s in the 1600’s and 1700’s. Currently, the Union of Ontario Indians represents 39 of the Anishinabek First Nations, because they needed to legally exist to have legally binding agreements. The Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations formed the Confederacy of the Three Fires. More information can be found on their website https://www.anishinabek.ca/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/

The Haudenosaunee are known as the people of the long house. The Haudenosaunee have 16 languages that are spoken, with the most common of that 16 being Mohawk, even though there are only three thousand fluent speakers. The core value is called the Seventh Generation, which considers how the actions taken today affect those in the generation beyond, up to seven generations. There is care and awareness of the future. Their official website, along with more information, can be found here: https://www.haudenosauneeconfederacy.com/

The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation belong to the Anishinabek Nation. The name comes from Misi-zaagiing, “Great River-Mouth”. The MCFN Members post informational video, as well as updates on their website http://mncfn.ca/. They were the Host First Nation for the 2015 Parapan American Games

The Wendake-Nionwentsïo is the only community where you can find the Huron-Wendat nation, with eight clans total in the community. They hold the concept of circular thought, that all elements of nature are linked together, forming the great Kinship Circle. https://wendake.ca/ They have had their own electoral code since 2000.


It’s interesting to me to find how many people have to experience of little to no knowledge of the territories that they reside in. Me being in my 20s, and starting school in the early 2000’s, most people I know have some understanding of the territories they are in. In middle school, classes included learning about the long houses of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. In high school, assemblies were held on missing the murdered indigenous women, and English classes included books from Indigenous authors.

While that is true, it is also strange and disheartening to be aware of how many people know so little about Canada’s history, but also about the beliefs and histories of each individual nation. It is impossible to know everything, yet, it is strange to live on a land and know nothing about the land’s people and practices. After reflecting on “Where are you?”, I’m reminded of how often the different Indigenous peoples are grouped together as being “Indigenous”, when there are so many different groups with different traditions and beliefs. There may be some similarity, but each is separate and their own. And perhaps seeing similarity between them could be my own bias about not seeing how different they truly are. Even seemingly obvious differences, like different languages and housing, are not commonly taught.

While researching and looking through the different nations, I found that they are mostly community centered. Information can be found on support for mental health, substance abuse, education, community events, and so much more. There is the constant of the community being there for it’s community. I think that’s something that the current Canadian government lacks, both with non-Indigenous and Indigenous residents.

Although completely different, each website listed is centered on strong community. For example, the Cercle des Sages (or Circle of Sages) of the Huron-Wendat Nation shows their imporant of having someone to represent the voice of those in their family circle.

Canada’s mistreatment of Indigenous communities is still ongoing today, with the Giant Mine that was set to happen in the territory of the Yellowknives Dene. Even after multiple apologies and acknowledgement’s of the issue that is the Canadian government mistreating land that belongs to the First Nations, we continue to see mine’s and pipelines being permitted on Indigenous land.

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