In the stories told by different Aboriginal peoples across Canada, Sky Woman, Glooscap, Sedna, Nanabush or Raven create the world, or change it into the world known to human beings. Click the right arrow symbol to read some of these stories.
Join Lewis Cardinal for a conversation about the foundations of Indigenous worldviews. Learn how Indigenous peoples of what is now called Canada see themselves in relation to each other, communities, land, and the universe. (45 min)
Three time world champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand Sr. from Alexander First Nation shares his culture through this athletic and creative art form rooted in healing and restoring balance and harmony. Music supplied by Dallas Arcand.
Archaeologist Severin Fowles re-imagines Native religion as Native science. So many of what have been traditionally described as “beliefs” are actually profound scientific methods for acting in the world.
Dallas Arcand explains how dancing in circles has taught him to find a healthy balance in life. His journey of self discovery inspired his belief in the ability of circles to restore harmony. Dallas also shares his culture and performs a special hoop dance to illustrate the athletic and creative art form that saved his life.
Listen to traditional stories and creation stories told by six Indigenous storytellers from communities across Canada. Each recording is available in the respective Indigenous language and in English, and French transcripts are available.
A team of Cree, Blackfoot and Nakota Elders, as well as both Indigenous and Western scientists, collaborated to create lesson plans about the spiritual significance of relationships to water. Guided by Indigenous worldviews, these lessons are also important environmentally.