Aboriginal Engagement

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We Work On Aboriginal Lands!

The deep connection to the Land is vital to the Aboriginal Peoples. It is the Land that gives Aboriginal People a deep sense of place and self. For some the very social structure of the community is embedded in the Land.

The relationship with the Land occurs at both the physical and the spiritual level. The Land provides for all its people’s needs, including the need for an economy. This relationship gives purpose to the First Nation People – to protect the Land, which in turn ensures the well-being of its People. It is the people’s responsibility to care for the land, just as it cares of them, and their past, present and future relations.

We at G&O Diamond Drilling understand that land which is owned by Indigenous communities is administered in accordance with their customs & traditions. We at G&O Diamond Drilling embrace and respect those customary and traditional aboriginal land rights and celebrate the rich Aboriginal Peoples History and Traditions.

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Aboriginal Traditions

Aboriginal people currently work in a variety of occupations and may live outside their ancestral homes. The traditional cultures of their ancestors, shaped by nature, still exert a strong influence on them, from spirituality to political attitudes.

Countless North American Indigenous words, inventions and games have become an everyday part of Canadian language and use. The canoe, snowshoes, the toboggan, lacrosse, tug of war, maple syrup and tobacco are just a few of the products, inventions and games. Some of the words include the barbecue, caribou, chipmunk, woodchuck, hammock, skunk, and moose.

National Aboriginal Day is a day of recognition of the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

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Aboriginal Lifeway – Hunting

Aboriginal cultural areas depend upon their ancestors’ primary lifeway, or occupation, at the time of European contact. These culture areas correspond closely with physical and ecological regions of Canada. The indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast were centered on ocean and river fishing; for the people of the plains, bison hunting was the primary activity. In the subarctic forest, other species such as the moose were more important. For peoples near the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River, shifting agriculture was practised, including the raising of maize, beans, and squash. While for the Inuit, hunting was the primary source of food with seals being the primary component of their diet.

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Aboriginal Art and Music

Aboriginals were producing art for thousands of years before the arrival of European settler colonists and the eventual establishment of Canada as a nation state. Like the peoples who produced them, indigenous art traditions spanned territories across North America.

It was not until the 1950s and 1960s that indigenous artists such as Mungo Martin, Bill Reid and Norval Morrisseau began to publicly renew and re-invent indigenous art traditions. Currently there are indigenous artists practising in all media in Canada and two indigenous artists, Edward Poitras and Rebecca Belmore, have represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and 2005 respectively.

The Aboriginal peoples of Canada encompass diverse ethnic groups with their individual musical traditions. Music is usually social (public) or ceremonial (private). Public, social music may be dance music accompanied by rattles and drums. Private, ceremonial music includes vocal songs with accompaniment on percussion, used to mark occasions like Midewivin ceremonies and Sun Dances.

Traditional percussion instruments such as drums were generally made of carved wood and animal hides. These musical instruments provide the background for songs, and songs the background for dances. Traditional First Nations people consider song and dance to be sacred.