Novem­ber/de­cem­ber 2017, Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic cel­e­brates the coun­try’s Indige­nous Peo­ples

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“We must be mind­ful that a process that will be as long and com­pli­cated as the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of seven gen­er­a­tions of in­equity will re­quire stew­ard­ship, study and on­go­ing at­ten­tion,” Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion com­mis­sioner Marie Wil­son told those gath­ered in Ot­tawa on June 2, 2015, as the com­mis­sion of­fi­cially pre­sented its 94 rec­om­men­da­tions. Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic has taken that mes­sage to heart. For years now, we’ve been telling sto­ries with an Indige­nous fo­cus. And as Canada cel­e­brates its 150th an­niver­sary, we’ve con­tin­ued to cover more Indige­nous is­sues — all along not­ing that the First Peo­ples thrived on this coun­try’s lands for thou­sands of years prior to Con­fed­er­a­tion — from cel­e­brat­ing the mon­u­men­tal achieve­ment of the Sah­tuto’ine Dene of Dé­line, N.W.T., in cre­at­ing the world’s first UNESCO her­itage site man­aged by an Indige­nous com­mu­nity in our Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary edition to this is­sue’s story on First Na­tions clam gar­dens in Bri­tish Columbia (page 24). In con­junc­tion with the forth­com­ing launch of Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic’s Indige­nous Peo­ples At­las of Canada, we’ve ded­i­cated the Novem­ber/de­cem­ber 2017 edition to ex­plor­ing Indige­nous is­sues and to cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cesses of Inuit, First Na­tions and Métis peo­ples. Our aim is to present an overview of con­tem­po­rary Indige­nous ex­pe­ri­ences, from cov­er­ing the mon­u­men­tal ini­tia­tive to unify writ­ten Inuk­ti­tut to defin­ing the Métis home­land to cel­e­brat­ing an an­nual ca­noe jour­ney that con­nects First Na­tions, their cul­tures and their past and present. There’s also an ex­clu­sive round­table discussion on the fu­ture of Indige­nous Peo­ples in Canada with the lead­ers of the three na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples or­ga­ni­za­tions, Perry Bel­le­garde, Na­tional Chief of the As­sem­bly of First Na­tions, Natan Obed, pres­i­dent of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Clé­ment Chartier, pres­i­dent of the Métis Na­tional Coun­cil. It’s but a small step in our on­go­ing at­ten­tion.

The 2017 Tribal Ca­noe Jour­ney is wel­comed in Camp­bell River, B.C. ( top). The Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion’s bent­wood box is a sym­bol of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ( above).

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