Aboriginal Awareness

Build an awareness and understanding of Canada’s Aboriginal people


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.


  • 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, Metis, 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

Universally Compatible

This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 90 minutes.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.