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Canadian Geographic - - EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK -

HOW DO YOU dis­til 15,000-plus years of his­tory into one mag­a­zine? You can’t. In this In­dige­nous-themed is­sue, we’re giv­ing read­ers a slice of Cana­dian In­dige­nous ex­pe­ri­ences and hop­ing to in­spire you to dis­cover much more your­self. Those ex­pe­ri­ences com­prise thou­sands of per­spec­tives and nu­mer­ous cul­tural her­itages, so the sto­ries here are as in­di­vid­ual as you and I. In this time of truth and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, it’s crit­i­cal that non-in­dige­nous Cana­di­ans learn more about the past and present of the First Na­tions, Inuit and Métis whose tra­di­tional lands we oc­cupy. When the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion pre­sented its re­port in Ot­tawa on June 2, 2015, com­mis­sion chair sen­a­tor Mur­ray Sin­clair said: “We have de­scribed for you a moun­tain. We have shown you the path to the top. We call upon you to do the climb­ing.” He was clearly speak­ing of the com­mis­sion’s 94 rec­om­men­da­tions and di­rectly to the gath­ered politi­cians. Still, all of us should heed his mes­sage. For your climb, we of­fer these sto­ries, from an in­ter­view with Natan Obed, pres­i­dent of the na­tional Inuit rep­re­sen­ta­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (page 48), to defin­ing the Métis home­land (page 54), from high­light­ing an an­nual First Na­tions ca­noe jour­ney (page 42, above), to pro­files of the mem­bers of the Na­tional Cen­tre for Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion’s Sur­vivors Cir­cle (page 65) and more. Af­ter these, please keep climb­ing. —Aaron Kylie

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