Ontario Police College
Aboriginal peoples of Canada include diverse groups of peoples with distinct cultural and social characteristics. For police and other law enforcement personnel, understanding the unique history and culture of Aboriginal populations is an important part of effective communication and interaction with the First Nations peoples and communities they serve.
Aboriginal and First Nations Awareness provides basic knowledge of the history and geography of Aboriginal peoples as the foundation to the contemporary issues pertaining to Aboriginal lands, cultures, and communities.
When you have completed this course you will be able to:
- Explain who Aboriginal Peoples are and define the terms that are commonly used to refer to indigenous peoples in Canada
- Recall the history, geography, and demographic characteristics of Aboriginal peoples
- Understand how Aboriginal peoples perceive relationships with land
- Recall the history of Aboriginal treaties
- Define culture and its influence on the Aboriginal way of life, communication, and points of view
- Recall the characteristics of the six indigenous cultural regions in Canada
- Recall the differences between Aboriginal and traditional Western cultures
- Understand the impacts of the various social and economic factors facing Aboriginal communities across Canada today