First Peoples' Guide
Vancouver welcomes newcomers from all parts of the world. Newcomers are often at a disadvantage when it comes to learning about First Peoples because of language barriers, access to information, or the time to learn. They may have few opportunities to meet Aboriginal people in their daily lives and may learn about Aboriginal people only in the news. Yet, learning about the rich and diverse history and experiences of Canada’s First Peoples is key to building understanding between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal communities.
First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers aims to fill the need for clear information in simple language about the First Peoples in Vancouver. It introduces newcomers to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples; and current initiatives and ways for newcomers to learn more about Aboriginal people in the community.
First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers grew out of the Vancouver Dialogues Project (2010-2012), a City of Vancouver initiative to create more opportunity for understanding between Aboriginal and immigrant communities. As participants shared their stories, they found there was a need for educational materials about Aboriginal people for newcomers. The guide was a key initiative under the Welcoming Communities Project funded by the Province of B.C. Immigration Integration Branch.