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Canada is a culturally diverse country where many races, religions and languages come together. Becoming aware of what culture is and how it affects our behaviour is critical to establishing respectful, courteous relationships within our multicultural society.


This online Aboriginal Awareness course covers the following topics:

  • What is Culture?
  • Cultural Impact
  • Cultural Adaptation
  • Elements of Culture
  • Values, Norms, Symbols, and Artifacts
  • Developing Culture
  • Becoming Culturally Aware
  • Self-Awareness
  • Communication Breakdowns
  • Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Cultural Identity
  • Same Culture – Different Behaviour
  • Who are Canada’s Aboriginal People?
  • The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit
  • The Indian Act
  • Status and Non-Status Indian
  • Numbered Treaties and Treaty Indians
  • Early Aboriginal Life
  • Historic Aboriginal Groups
  • Arrival of European Explorers
  • Canadian Fur Trade
  • Impacts on Aboriginal People
  • The Royal Proclamation
  • Battle of Seven Oaks
  • Doctrine of Assimilation
  • The British North American Act
  • Residential Schools
  • Current History
  • Using What You’ve Learned
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