Aboriginal Peoples

The relationship between Aboriginals and the majority of Canadians is rife with mutual misunderstanding and mistrust, all of which is mainly due to prejudice and myths. The image of Aboriginals lends itself easily to stereotyping.

Even though the arrival of Aboriginal peoples long preceded the European influx, Aboriginal lifestyle shifted radically after the advent of colonialism. The primary concern of the new European inhabitants was to foster European colonization. Incessant territorial conflicts and diseases brought over from Europe wrecked havoc upon the Aboriginal communities. During the nineteenth and part of the twentieth century, Canada would even try eliminating indigenous cultures by way of discriminatory laws that sought to assimilate them.