Whether you are First Nation, Métis, Inuit or non-Aboriginal, here are some ways to make contact:
- In My Own Eyes Facebook page.
- Twenty-nine Friendship Centres can be found in cities and towns throughout Ontario.
- In Toronto, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto’s programs include the Aboriginal Education Outreach Program, offering fun and educational presentations at your GTA-area school or organization. And, to learn more about Toronto’s Aboriginal history, you can hop on the Great Indian Bus Tour.
- Elsewhere in the province, Canadian Roots organizes road trips that bring together indigenous and non-indigenous Canadian youth. Check out a documentary film of one of the trips and find out how to get involved.
- For a glimpse of First Nation culture, plan to drop by one of the many Pow Wows held across the province.
- Ontario Travel lists places near you to learn more about Aboriginal people in Ontario.
- Request a free full-colour map showing the more than 100 First Nations throughout Ontario.
- CBC’s ‘Aboriginal page’ is a great place to start learning about current issues and the history behind them. These include the history and continuing importance of treaties and the impact of Residential Schools.
- You’ll also find weekly programs like Revision Quest, a light-hearted but informative take on current Aboriginal issues, and Ab-Originals, a podcast showcasing contemporary Aboriginal music.
- The National Film Board of Canada is another great resource: a whole channel of films about and by Aboriginal Canadians.
- For children, check out the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s programs at APTN Kids.
- Ontario has the largest Aboriginal population in Canada, according to the 2006 Census. Two per cent of Ontario’s population is Aboriginal. About 296,500 Aboriginal people live in Ontario—that’s about 21 per cent of Canada’s total Aboriginal population.
- Those who identify themselves as First Nations, or as having First Nations ancestry, make up 65 per cent of the Aboriginal population in Ontario. Métis who identify or have ancestry make up 30 per cent. Inuit who identify make up 0.8 per cent.
- About 27 per cent of Aboriginal people in Ontario are 15 years or younger, as compared to about 18 per cent of the non-Aboriginal population in the province.