Indigenous or Aboriginal Which is correct?

“Which is correct? Indigenous or Aboriginal” is a frequently asked question for us at Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. The federal government’s move to first change the name of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development to Crown-Indigenous Relations  Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) indicates the intent of a changing relationship with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. But it has people confused and asking which is correct? Indigenous or Aboriginal? We really appreciate the question and the motive behind the question - to respect Indigenous Peoples by using the correct terminology.

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12 Days of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

To support the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action  and in the spirit of Christmas, we have put together 12 suggestions for what individuals can do to contribute to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples during this holiday season.

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Indigenous Peoples and the Environment

“Indigenous peoples have known for thousands of years how to care for our planet. The rest of us have a lot to learn and no time to waste” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Federal and provincial governments come and go and take with them their particular view of the value of protecting the environment. Indigenous Peoples on the other hand who do not come and go (have been here since time immemorial) place an extremely high value on protecting the environment and the resources that are important to them.

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Uncivil dialogue and Indigenous Peoples

Uncivil dialogue in Canada is alive and well, if only as indicated by the nature of the statements and conversations that take place in the comments’ section of online news articles related to Indigenous Peoples. The consistent vitriolic statements on some items on CBC Aboriginal online news unit caused the editor to temporarily shut down the comment section.


“We've noticed over many months that these stories draw a disproportionate number of comments that cross the line and violate our guidelines. Some of the violations are obvious, some not so obvious; some comments are clearly hateful and vitriolic, some are simply ignorant. And some appear to be hate disguised as ignorance (i.e., racist sentiments expressed in benign language).” [1]

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Federal Gov Adopts Indigenous Peoples Terminology and Why I am Optimistic

While listening to Justin Trudeau’s inspiring acceptance speech on the night of October 19th, 2015, I was filled with a sense of cautious optimism. When the then Prime Minister designate evoked the Royal Proclamation in his reference to “nation-to-nation” relations with Indigenous Peoples in Canada I felt encouraged that here was a leader who could move the Crown Indigenous Peoples relations from litigious to reconciliation.

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Back to the Future: PM-designate Trudeau evokes the Royal Proclamation

We were very interested to hear Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, in his victory speech, reference an intention for a "renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples that respects rights and honours treaties". As far as we know, he is the first prime minister to ever acknowledge, in their victory speech, the “nation-to-nation” relationship which dates back to 1763 when the Royal Proclamation was signed by King George III.

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Turtle Island Voices - Interactive books for kids and teachers

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”. - Benjamin Franklin

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When Worlds Collide Resolving Conflicts between Industry, Aboriginal Communities

by Tanya Laing-Gahr, February 18, 2013

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Indian Residential Schools: Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

I’m writing this article because I frequently see postings on Facebook asking people to “like” the “Merry Christmas” greeting and denounce the “Happy Holiday” greeting.

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Handshakes and Aboriginal Peoples

When it comes to a handshake and Aboriginal Peoples what could possibly go wrong?

Many people like to shake hands and always offer a hand when meeting and working with people. This works most of the time, but we do have to remember that when we are working with Aboriginal Peoples we are working across cultures with individuals in their own right and that some Aboriginal People do not shake hands therefore are not expecting, or are comfortable with a handshake. With this in mind, we have to understand and be prepared to offer a hand and not have one offered in return.
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